From School-Based To Neighborhood-Based: We’re Keeping It Rolling
With COVID-19 canceling our school-based, in-person spring programs, we’re excited to offer our programs virtually to families in the Grand Traverse region.
Our three school-based programs, The Bike Más Project, Estrellas and Mountain Bike, teach confidence, independence, active living and bike safety skills to all kids of all ages, preschoolers to high school seniors. Our virtual programs will allow kids to learn new skills and increase their physical activity while being safe in their neighborhood.
Join lots of other kids from across the 5 county area here in Northwestern Michigan to ride bikes and learn new skills together, but separately. All abilities and experience levels welcome. Thanks to generous support from our donors, these programs are offered free of charge to families.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN:
- Virtual Bike Mas Project – Learn urban bike safety skills at home in your neighborhood with your family. For 3rd-6th graders. Free.
- Virtual Farm Team – Learn mountain bike skills at home in your neighborhood with your family. For 1st-5th graders. Free.
- Virtual Grand Traverse Regional Youth Mountain Bike Team – Free coaching for 6-12th graders.
- Virtual Estrellas – Learn balance bike pro tips with your preschooler from our experts. Free.
OTHER NORTE OFFERINGS DURING COVID:
- Grand Traverse Kids’ Bike Library – Awesome bikes for awesome kids. Free. For lower elementary students.
- Balance Bike Share – For preschoolers and kindergarteners. Borrow a balance bike for spring and summer. By appointment and donation.
- Essential Bicycle Grand Traverse – Connecting people with quality, functional bikes to donate with people in need of reliable, economical, independent transportation.
- Adventurama Scavenger Hunts – Fun family-friendly bike scavenger hunts in Traverse City.
- 20 Mile Family Walk Challenge – Walk one mile a day with your family. Virtual school Competition plus a “Be Kind” challenge.
- Going on a [Teddy] Bear Hunt – In partnership with 5 to One. Put a teddy bear in your window or porch so kids can search for them on their neighborhood walks.
OUTSIDE IS NOT CANCELED. IT HAS BEEN DEEMED ESSENTIAL.
To navigate our way through this and come out with a stronger community, staying active, staying healthy, staying responsible is our challenge. Norte programs empower everyone to make outdoor activities part of our everyday lives. Now is the time, like no other, to put that into practice. Get out solo. Explore the area around your home with your family unit. You can wave to your friends from opposite sides of the street.
Importantly, stay active responsibly. The Stay Home, Stay Safe order by Governor Gretchen Whitmer is not a suggestion, it is an order. Thankfully, it recognizes that working out the kinks and stretching our legs is essential.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING. SOCIAL SOLIDARITY.
During this time, we must also maintain the social support networks we have, even if that means, for the time being, focusing on timely Facebook shout outs, friendly text messages, and calls, virtual meet-ups, and shouts across the street to a neighbor on their porch. Social distancing is the chosen public health term, and we can honor it with physical distancing and social solidarity. With that in mind, we will be adding activities to the list below to help keep us busy.
Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Active, Responsibly. We’ll get through this together. We encourage everyone to follow the State’s COVID19 Website and Grand Traverse County COVID19 for continued updates to all CDC recommendations and information.
A special shout out to those on the front lines at Munson Healthcare – Thank you! They are in dire need of community support. Please click through to see if there’s something you can do. They need donations and medical supplies.
When you do have to leave home, please follow these preventive measures for viruses like COVID-19, influenza, and the common cold recommended by public health officials.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
- Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.
- Replace handshakes and high-fives with a friendly wave from 6 feet away.
Visit the Michigan.gov/Coronavirus for the latest statewide updates.