With the cooler temps and smaller crowds, fall is the perfect time to hit the trails for some mountain biking.
The folks over at the International Mountain Biking Association couldn’t agree more. That’s why they’ve designated this Saturday as “Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day”.
So what exactly is this all about? Here’s what the IMBA has to say about it:
“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.
What is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day?
TKMBD is an annual celebration 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. Over the years we’ve had tens of thousands of kids participate from across the 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?”
Pretty sweet, eh? Even better, people are organizing TKMBD events all over the country. Check out the map of events here and set your calendar for Saturday! You might be pleasantly surprised like we were and find one just down the road from you!