We’d like to share an idea with you called Take a Kid Adventure Biking Day.
In the working class towns of Vermont we’ve always struggled with National Take a Kid Mountain Bike Day. It’s an amazing idea that introduces thousands of kids to the fun of riding bicycles in the woods and the fun that fitness by bicycle can be. For residents in Vermont the problem is that it happens in October, when conditions are not ideal and many are turning their focus to hunting. Even if they aren’t hunting, it isn’t always the safest time to be in the woods. This rings true for many places outside of large population density areas.
At Vermont Bicycle Shop we love mountain biking, we also feel like the kind of riding we do is so much more, mountain biking is only a part of the riding we love, mountain bikes are only a part of the kinds of bicycles that can get us there. The better word for it is adventure. We often love to take those mountain or road bike trips and extend them to adventurous destinations rather than ride the traditional trails and loops. What if we could ride that trail, connect it to the other trail by taking that old carriage road marked on the map? Does that old carriage road still exist? We could stop for lunch along the old pond and make a day of it. No rush, no heart rate zones, let’s go somewhere people might not have been for 10 years. A simple adventure. What if we rode out to the old military base up East Mountain and camped overnight? For us the wonder is insatiable and endless. We also love inclusivity. We want to share our adventures with everyone.
At a young age we are often engrossed with the nature that is the bicycle adventure. From our very first bike ride alone to the playground up the block, the bicycle has been a vehicle of freedom for adventuring. As adults we at Vermont Bicycle Shop love crafting bicycle adventures, whether a week or an hour, with the notion of reclaiming that wonder of going somewhere new by bicycle, or going there in a new way.
With Take a Kid Adventure Biking Day we can really expand that sense of wonder and create new adventure bicycle riders of all ages. Holding Take a Kid Adventure Riding Day in the early Spring we open the possibilities for many more places around the United States to participate. We hope this idea spreads far and wide. Below you will find a link to download a generic graphic where we have removed our branding so that you can use it with your shop or club logos to share this idea. Just right click and save the image to your desktop. The image is registered and protected under a creative commons license so feel free to use it on promotional materials as you see fit, however you cannot sell anything with the supplied image. We hope you find it useful. If we all use a branding that becomes recognizable it will help make Take a Kid Adventure Cycling easier to recognize and establish. Whether you take them on an a simple mountain bike ride in the back forty up to your favorite look-out or pack up a tent and head out for someone’s first overnight bike camping trip, we hope you will choose to Take a Kid Adventure Biking on April 15, and then each year on the middle Sunday in April there after. Introducing kids to the ever expanding wonder of bicycle adventures will lock in their insatiable desire to get outside. It will teach them to go out into the world in search of happiness and health and that thru bicycles and cycling it is easy to find.
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