YOUTH BIKING, EDUCATION, & COMMUNITY OUTREACH

2021 WMBC Education Annual Report

2021 WMBC Youth Programs thrived this year. Riding mountain bikes and working on trails turns out to be a great way to spend quality time during a pandemic. Physical fitness, challenges, peer camaraderie, and fun times spent outside with peers on bikes were the key to successful programs.  We are providing fun and challenges in the outdoors to a diverse range of youth in our community.

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YOUTH EDUCATION OVERVIEW

Our Education Programs reach over 6,000 youth in our community every year. 

 

  • 20+ After School Mountain Bike Clubs - Elementary, Middle, High School and Flying Squirrels girls group and

  • Vamos Outdoors Project After School Mountain Bike Club supporting underserved Latine youth mountain biking and service learning

  • Training 20+ new ride leaders every year - we in-house train our volunteers in first aid and ride leading

  • Youth Trail Corps - Middle and High School program focusing on Trail Building, Trail maintenance and riding bikes

  • Bike Rodeos - held annually at each elementary school in Bellingham and many schools out in the county. WMBC funds most of the 24 Bike Rodeos every year which reaches out to 5,500 elementary-aged kids.. 

  • Service Learning - teaches kids the value and fun of working outside on trails

  • Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day - Annual event held that is open to public and entails RRAD Bike Rodeo, MarchNorthwest skills, organized rides, Bike checks with Jacks Bicycle Center 

 

GOALS:

  • Continue maintaining and building all current programs including reaching out to more underserved youth in our community. 

  • Give underserved kids the opportunity to own a bike through the WMBC. If you need a bike or have one to donate connect with char.waller@wmbcmtb.org

  • Get more kids riding bikes and participating in trail work!

THANK YOU PHILLIPS 66!

We wanted to take a moment to thank a huge funder of our education programs: Phillips 66! Their donations have helped us build up our bike fleet, funded our ride leaders, and have supported us in adding environmental sustainability programming to our rides.

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SUPPORTERS

Thanks to our many supporters that help our many youth programs flourish. Through donations and grants, we are able to reach out to many underserved youths in our community. 

Big supporters for 2021:

Fanatik Bikes, Transition Bikes, Fairhaven Bikes, Jacks Bicycle Center, Boundary Bay Brewery, New Belgium Brewery, Northwest Recycling, Erin Bakers, RRAD, Superfeet, Trail Boss, BICP, Liet Designs, Darren Clark/Farmers Insurance, Prevelo, Dakine, High Above, Bellingham Whatcom Firefighters Benevolent Foundation, Clif Bar, & many Individual and Business Donors

Let us know if you are interested in making a specific donation to one of our youth programs!

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TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY OVERVIEW

Our annual fall TKMBD is open to all youth in Whatcom County. A bike rodeo, mountain bike rides, games, races, skills courses and lots of fun make this day a great way to introduce kids to mountain biking, meet new friends and challenge themselves.

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