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U.S. Senate Endorses Kids on Bikes Program

September 30, 2005 – On Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate passed an endorsement for National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, an initiative administered by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) that encourages adults and cycling clubs to introduce kids to the sport of mountain biking.

More than 80 events will occur this Saturday (Oct. 1). Locate a ride in your city: http://www.imba.com/resources/kids/events.html

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day honors the memory of Jack Doub, a teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who had a passion for the sport from an early age, but passed away in 2002. The Jack Doub Memorial Endowment helps fund the event.

“IMBA is extremely proud of this program,” said Mike Van Abel, the group’s executive director. “Providing recreational opportunities for America’s young people is a key task for us, and Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day helps IMBA reach out to thousands of kids.”

The Senate expressed its support for National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day with an honorary resolution (S. Res. 257). The legislation was sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (NC) and Congresswoman Virginia Fox (NC), and was co-sponsored by Senator Ken Salazar (CO) and Representative Mark Udall (CO).

The Congressional Record describes the bill as: “A resolution (S. Res. 257) recognizing the spirit of Jacob Mock Doub and many young people who have contributed to encouraging youth to be physically active and fit, and expressing support for “National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.”

The full text of the resolution can be viewed at:
http://frwebgate3.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/waisgate.cgi?WAISdocID=0187787118+0+0+0&WAISaction=retrieve






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