Oregon Parents: Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day is Coming!September 5, 2014
October 4th is International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day! The International Mountain Biking Association sponsors events all around the world to celebrate the day & introduce youth to the outdoors through mountain biking. Their goal, a rather respectable one, is:
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?
My kids, 3 & 5, are already die-hard trail riders, and I find it immensely gratifying that we’ve been able to get them connected with nature and the outdoors through mountain biking.
For Portland-area parents, there will be a family-friendly event for Take a Kid Mountain Biking day in Cascade Locks.
Details of the event:
Registered participants will also receive good stuff and prizes. Please see the Northwest Trail Alliance calendar page for more details and to register. Cost is Free, thanks to the Port of Cascade Locks, NWTA, Crestline Construction, Maul Foster Alongi, River City, Camas Bikes, Lumber yard, International Mountain Biking Association and the Dimwits WithBriteLites.
Parents/Guardians must be with their kids
When: Saturday, October 4 at 4pm (come early if you want to beat the crowd or help get things ready)
Plan: Trail tours, skills course, activities.
What to Bring: A chair if we have a fire after dark. A headlamp, or bike light for the parade. Helmets are required.
Food: Hotdogs/chips provided by Lumberyard
Register for the event here: http://goo.gl/aIaTQM
DIRECTIONS FROM PORTLAND
I-84 East, take Cascade Locks Exit 44
Go through town (~.5 miles), left on NW Forest Lane (~1.5-2 miles)
Turn Left on Cramblett Way (next to Bear Mountain Wood Pellets plant)
Follow paved road and continue straight on gravel road to the end
For Other Areas
If you live in another area outside Oregon (as I’m told some folks do), see the IMBA Interactive map for a Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event near you.