What is Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day?
IMBA's Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day strives to encourage communities in the U.S.A. and around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with kids. Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) events range in size from a few kids and families to several hundred gathering at a local park or trailhead. IMBA clubs and chapters, retail shops, Trips for Kids, schools, scouts and community groups are encouraged to host events. Last year over 15,000 kids and family members participated in 150+ community events in the U.S. Several events were registered in other countries including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. You, your family or your company are encouraged to join the fun and participate in IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.
When is #TKMBD?
Celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day on October 1, 2016.
Come help us celebrate the thirteenth annual TKMBD. The first Saturday in October is the official ride date, designated by the U.S. Congress. While we strive to celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day on this date, other dates may be acceptable depending on seasonal conditions and other events occurring in your region.
This year's TKMBD theme is based on IMBA's four tenants: Speak, Build, Respect, Ride.
An educational activity plan that teaches participants about what it means to be an advocate AND mountain biker can be found here.
Explore this map to find an event near you
Local Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Events
Take Photos and Videos
Post your photos on IMBA's Facebook page or your own Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages and tag #TKMBD. Share stories and photos about your day with parents, community leaders, local press and IMBA.
Who can Participate in #TKMBD?
Local IMBA Chapters and Clubs
Family and friends
Community bike shop
Boy/Girl Scout Troop/YMCA/School
NICA High School Teams, club teams or youth programs
- Trips for Kids Chapters
Be PreparedMake sure each participant has a bike, helmet, and proper footwear. Bring extra water and food, including a tasty treat for every child. Don't forget other essentials such as extra tubes, pump, tire levers and a multi-tool
Recruit plenty of adult ride guides, and make sure someone is assigned to stay behind the last young rider.
If you'd like to invite kids that might not have their own gear, try contacting local bike shops about rental options.
Make sure every kids' helmet is properly fitted! The helmet should sit level on their head and low on their forehead. The side straps, when properly adjusted, should make a V shape around the ear and the chin strap should be tightened until it’s snug. For more tips and guidelines on how to properly fit a helmet, please click here.
Event Organizers & Chapter Leaders
Coordinate with your local IMBA Chapter or club. Invite neighbors, co-workers, relatives, friends. Contact your local YMCA and other youth groups. Promote your local event at local bike shops and community centers with IMBA's TKMBD promotional poster and post reminders on Social Media and don't forget to include the TKMBD logo. Visit TKMBD's Dropbox account for all assets in multiple formats.
If you are an organization conducting a Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day ride (club, chapter, shop or other), IMBA recommends you have parents fill out your organization's acknowledgment of risk and release of liability form for all participants. For more information on waivers and participation agreements, please click here (see sample waivers on the bottom of link).
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