The International Mountain Biking Association’s 11th annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day took place on October 4th, 2014. SORBA Jax organized a local event at Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park in Jacksonville, Florida.
From IMBA’s website:
TKMBD is an annual celebration held officially 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?
Despite moody weather, Jacksonville’s event had a great turnout of brand-new trail riders and avid groms from four to thirteen. ZenCog owner Garf Cooper joined representatives from several other local bike shops in guiding groups of kids on the trails. He also kindly demonstrated the proper technique for going over your handlebars while traversing an obstacle. (No pictures, unfortunately.)
Check out some photos of the activities below, and mark your calendar for the first Saturday of October, 2015!