WHAT IS BMX The sport of bicycle motorcross began in the early 1960\'s. It offered exciting action at a low cost, close to home, so it is easy to see why the sport was an instant hit. A handful of riders started riding their stingray type bikes off road in vacant lots and fields, not much competition but a lot of fun. Today the sport of bicycle motorcross is sweeping the country and the world. There are over a 150,000 riders of all ages (2-102) racing in organized races at permanent tracks across America. BMX racing is clean, exciting fun that whole families can get involved in whether as a racer, spectator, pit crew or track volunteer. BMX has something to offer everyone. Races are organized according to age group and skill levels, so everyone gets the opportunity to compete on a fair and competitive basis. Even beginning riders have the chance to race safely with other new riders. BMX is a one-on-one sport, that is it pushes you individually, sometimes [in team sports] you can relax and let the team pick up the slack. Just about anyone can ride a bike and in BMX the competition is between you, your bike and the track. The only yelling heard during a race is usually from a parent encouraging their child to "peddle, peddle, peddle". In BMX NO ONE EVER sits the bench! In April 1981, the International BMX Federation was founded, and the first world championships were held in 1982. BMX rapidly developed as a unique sporting entity, and after several years clearly had more in common with cycling than motorcycling codes. Thus, since January 1993 BMX has been fully integrated into the International Cycling Union (UCI). On 29 June 2003, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to include BMX in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Now we want to include BMX Bicycling in our parish so our kids have a safe and challenging place to ride their bikes instead of homemade ramps on busy streets. If you see our vision please sign below and tell your friends and family about our petition today!