Doing cool things in San Antonio
The public sees the teenagers out late on a weekend yelling “F this” and “F that” as they ride away on their bikes and skateboards. Or they see beer drinking and pot smoking at the skatepark while their 8 year old kid is trying to learn to ride. Don’t get me wrong, there is a deep history of rebelion and partying rooted in riding BMX that pushed the sport forward. Without trespassing, then how would the first BMX’ers ever learned. Skateparks wouldn’t even exist.
But that same stereotype made it so difficult to get public skateparks built. I remember city council saying “Why would we build a place for kids to come do drugs”… to that a Parent said “Why did you build that sports stadium”? That same stereotype makes the public think “Baseball” and “Football” are good kid sports. The bad news, statistically there is no significant evidence that sports membership affect “juvenile delinquency” according to the National Institute Health. Good news, there is evidence that children Volunteering in their community reduce crime and repeat offenders according to the National Institute Health.
Look beyond the stereotype
This weekend, over 30 parents, adults, young adults and kids contributed to cleaning their community and riding their BMX bike. It’s pretty amazing. Ya know, I rarely see traditional athletes getting together to play, teach and clean their community after high school or college.
So what happens when you put a bunch of old and young BMX’ers together in the woods?
1. We filled a dumpster full of dangerous trash that polluted a local creek the kids play in
2. Parents spent time with their kids teaching them how to get involved with cleaning and sports
3.) Volunteers from San Marcos, Houston, Schertz and San Antonio came out to get involved
4.) We fed each other breakfast, lunch and dinner
5.) Parents, Children and Adults maintained decade-old BMX bike trails
5.) Everyone came together to ride, have fun and participate in the sport
The Story of BMX trails in Texas
Everything is bigger in Texas. That includes BMX trails. Austin, Texas is widely regarded as a BMX Mecca boasting 5 well known spots and numerous local pros. There are somewhere between 15 well known BMX trails spots within Texas alone. Some of them have even been officially recognized by the City and State. The local Graveyard trails nestled just outside of San Antonio, Texas even makes the list.