Published on September 24th, 2013 | by Pat0
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
On October 5th, the International Mountain Biking Association will host its tenth annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day… This time, with a twist.
“In honor of our 10th anniversary, we thought we’d turn the tables this year and have the kids take the moms mountain biking! Kids, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents — we like to see everyone enjoying the great outdoors on a mountain bike,” IMBA has announced.
TKMBD is an annual event that takes place on the second Saturday of October, developed and coordinated by IMBA to encourage global engagement and outreach from mountain biking communities. TKMBD is geared specifically toward youth engagement: “Besides being good, healthy fun, the goal is to develop a connection between kids and the natural world around them,” IMBA explains.
Local mountain biking groups can participate by organizing an event on October 5th. Here are IMBA’s instructions for participating. The deadline for receiving an IMBA care package for your event has passed, but it’s not too late to register an event in your area.
In the spirit of getting you motivated, IMBA offers these 9 tips for a successful TKMBD:
- Save the date: Your TKMBD event doesn’t have to take place on Oct. 5th, but it might not be eligible for certain IMBA-sponsored rewards.
- Find some kids: Find your local IMBA chapter, or perhaps your nearby YMCA. With this year’s twist, you can also reach out to local Mother’s clubs or groups. Really, this year it’s about involving the whole family, and letting the kids take charge!
- Plan for bikes and helmets: If you or anyone in your group does not have equipment (bike or helmet), you can reach out to local bike shops about rental opportunities.
- Select a route: Pick a route that is fun, safe, and not too long or difficult. The majority of participants will be new(er) to bicycling.
- Be prepared: No matter how long your ride, plan to bring along some snacks to munch. While you’re at it, throw some extra tubes, a pump, tire levers and a multi-tool in your bag, as well.
- Ride together: This event is all about “WE.” Stick together and enjoy the ride as a group. Ask the lead rider to pause at each trail intersection, to avoid wrong turns and lost riders.
- Have fun: Make the ride fun by pointing out wildlife along the trail, or stopping periodically to explore a bit and cultivate the kids’ outdoor curiosity.
- Take photos/video: Share stories with the rest of the world’s mountain biking community. A good place to start? IMBA’s Facebook page!
- Make it a tradition: Don’t just celebrate TKMBD every year… make getting out on the trail a weekly or monthly habit (as weather will safely permit).
(Cover image via Rob Lucas, on Flickr.)
Looking for a route? I recommend the popular Rails-Trails series, by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Wilderness Press.
About the International Mountain Biking Association
IMBA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit educational association, creating, enhancing, and preserving great mountain biking experiences since 1988. It has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s staff, chapters, clubs and members work to benefit the entire mountain bike community.
About Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nationwide non-profit dedicated to converting former railroad corridors to public, multiuse recreational trails that offer easy access to runners, hikers, bicyclists, skates, wheelchair users, and equestrians. The official Rails-Trails guidebook series is published by Wilderness Press.