The Estrellas: A Learn To Ride pilot program

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Norte! is for kids on bikes in Traverse City no matter their age. We are also huge fans of balance bikes and believe that there is no better way to teach children how to ride.

The Estrellas is Norte!’s balance bike squad dedicated to helping preschoolers experience the joy of wheels.

After a successful summer campaign of balance bikes meet-ups at F&M park, we’re excited to launch a new learn-to-ride pilot program in partnership with TCAPS.

Starting this February, we will host two 30 minute sessions a week at Eastern Elementary to teach their preschoolers how to ride.

In addition to our Safe Routes To School funded programs, The Great Traverse City Bike Train Experiment, The Bike Mas Project and El Barrio Bike Fix, The Estrellas is another wonderful opportunity to build bike culture at Eastern and encourage more students to be active, healthy, and ready-to-learn.

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Thanks to the generous support of McLain Cycles and Brick Wheels, Norte! has a small fleet of balance bikes and matching helmets but we’re always looking for more. If you have a balance bike collecting dust, please consider donating it (tax exempt, of course) to Norte!. We’ll promise to put it to good use.

We are also looking for a few quality adults to help volunteer on Wednesday mornings (sessions are 9:30-10 & 10-10:30) for the month of February. No balance bike experience needed, just a willingness to have fun and help the kids learn. A TCAPS background check is also required.

Volunteers should sign up HERE

Email Ty Schmidt at with questions.

Bike Happy. Bike Mas. Bike TC.