Come help us celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day on October 6, 2018. IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) is an annual event and has been around since 2004. TKMBD seeks to introduce the joy of mountain biking to the next generation, or....vice versa. Kids already riding bikes can encourage their parents / caregivers to do the same and double the fun!
Mountain biking brings people closer to nature, is a challlenging & social outdoor activity ánd a gateway to healthy lifestyles. With the Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day, IMBA strives to develop a connection between kids, parents, bikes and the natural world around them while touching on themes such as bike safety, skills and rider etiquette. Informal or formal, one child or 100 children, TKMBD celebrates the joy of riding in the dirt.
How to organize a TKMBD activity?
TKMBD events can be hosted by almost anyone in any country. Participating groups include IMBA member organisations and affiliated mountain bike clubs, community organizations, scouting groups, youth programs, schools and others. Or, gather your family, friends and coworkers to host your own, local ride. Every #mountainbiker is invited to participate! 1. Save the date
Clear your calendar for a few hours on Saturday, October 6 2018.
2. Find Kids and Families
Coordinate with your local IMBA Chapter or club. Invite neighbors, co-workers, relatives, friends. Contact your local youth groups or public administration. Promote your local event at local bike shops, schools, community centers and social media.
3. Select a Route
Be sure to choose a ride that is fun, safe and not too difficult. The ideal route will have options where the group can head home or continue for more adventure.
4. Be Prepared
Make 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.
5. Have Fun
Try incorporating skills games, point out interesting trail features, or take a few minutes to discuss trail safety and etiquette.
6. Take Photos and Videos
Post your photos on IMBA Europe'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.
7. Make #TKMBD a Tradition
Make every day a Take-a-Kid day and plan for the first Saturday in October next year to celebrate how Kids+Bikes=FUN!
Register your event with us by September 21 latest, in order to receive TKMBD commemorative race plates.