IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Celebrate Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (#TAKMBD) on Saturday, October 3, 2015.
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. Now in it's 12th year, in 2014 over 15,000 kids and familiy 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!
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.
Informal or formal, one child or 100 children, TAKMBD celebrates the joy of riding in the dirt.
Bicycling is good, healthy fun, and a gateway to healthy lifestyles. IMBA strives to develop a connection between kids, bikes and the natural world around them while touching on themes such as bike safety, skills, rider etiquette, nutrition, hydration and sun protection.
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).
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.
Local Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Events
TAKMBD events are grass roots events conducted by IMBA chapters and clubs, retailers, volunteer groups, schools, YMCA's and numerous Trips for Kids chapters. development [at] imba [dot] com (Corporate sponsors) are welcome to contact IMBA and join in support of this worthy effort.
Email info [at] imba [dot] com for more information on how you can get involved.
Share and tag your photos with @IMBA_US and #TAKMBD on Twitter or on our Facebook page
- TAKMBD Toolkit
- Guide to Taking Kids Mountain Biking
- Children & Nature Network’s Nature Clubs
- Nature Rocks
- Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK)