IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Join IMBA in celebrating its twelfth annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (#TKMBD) on Saturday, October 3, 2015.
TKMBD is an annual event celebrating kids on bikes, held on the first Saturday of October. The event, developed and coordinated by IMBA, strives to encourage communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth. Tens of thousands of kids participate across globe, including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico.
Informal or formal, one child or 100 children, TKMBD celebrates the joy of riding in the dirt.
Besides being good, healthy fun, the goal is to develop a connection between kids and the natural world around them. Today's children are tomorrow's land managers and politicians — future decision-makers for important matters like recreation and access to public lands. How different might our current access landscape look today if previous generations of policy makers had grown up riding bikes on natural-surface trails?
How do I organize a Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day Event?
There are many ways to participate. Events range from a few kids in a neighborhood to larger festival-style events in a community park, open space, singletrack system or at a bike park. Develop a grassroots event in your community, support the national outreach, contribute to event care packages, or join an existing event.
IMBA Chapter? Partner with local land managers, city officials, bike shops, and IMBA Corporate Supporters.
Family and friends? Load up the bikes and the kids hit your local open space trails.
Community bike shop? Hang our press-ready "save the date" poster and put out a sign-up sheet, then introduce some youngsters to your local trails (and maybe sell some bikes to eager kids needing to upgrade).
Boy/Girl Scout Troop? Grab the kids and explore — The North Face's Planet Explore has a great online resource, Explore Your Parks; check the 'bike' button first and type in your location.
NICA High School Teams, club teams or youth programs? TKMBD is a great opportunity for youth development and community outreach. Events can serve as a teachable moment about bike safety, trail etiquette and rules of the trail.
Register your event with us by September 13 in order to receive a TKMBD care package (while supplies last).
CLIF Kid Z bars and commemorative race plates are included in TKMBD care packages.
Events registered after Sept. 13 will still be listed on the map but will not receive kits.
Not Looking to Organize Your Own Event?
No problem — find one near you on our interactive map (check back often as new events are added).
It's Not Just Us
jennifer [dot] hill [at] imba [dot] com (Email us) for more information on how you can get involved.
Share and tag your photos with @IMBA_US and #TKMBD on Twitter or on our Facebook page
- TKMBD Toolkit
- Guide to Taking Kids Mountain Biking
- Children & Nature Network’s Nature Clubs
- Nature Rocks
- Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK)