Who’s Ready for Northern Michigan Bike Month?
In times like these, the humble bicycle — a staple of the streets — proves itself as one of the most efficient, convenient, equitable, and safe ways to navigate our communities. Resiliency is built into its history. Once forgotten bicycles are being brought out of garages, cobwebs are being swept away, chains are being oiled, and helmets are being dusted off. Bike purchases are at an all-time high.
As states and cities are considering which businesses are essential, most are finding, either initially or eventually, that bicycles also fall decidedly into that category. Not everyone has the luxury of working from home — and not everyone has access to a car or public transit. Here are a few ways bicycles are meeting the needs of the community.
- Bicycles are essential for many to source food, groceries, or other goods.
- Bicycles are essential for workers who need a more active or cost-effective mode of transportation.
- Bicycles are essential to connect friends and family.
As we adapt to the ever-changing needs of our community, let’s keep looking for ways to bring equity into the conversation and recognize the humble bicycle as an essential tool.
To that end, a very modified Northern Michigan Bike Month is a go. Its goal this year, as it is every year, is to build awareness for the growing presence of people of all ages and abilities on bicycles here in this fantastic place we call home.
THE 2020 NORTHERN MICHIGAN BIKE MONTH CALENDAR:
- May 1: Launch of Silver Spruce Brewing’s “Bicicleta”
- May 1: Re-launch of the Community Bike Shop at the Civic Center Clubhouse (by appointment)
- May 4: Grand Traverse Regional Youth Mountain Bike Team VIRTUAL program starts
- May 4: The Bike Mas Project VIRTUAL program starts
- May 10: VIRTUAL: Take a Mom Mountain Biking Day
- May 11: The Estrellas VIRTUAL balance bike program
- May 15: Kids vs Adults: A VIRTUAL Smackdown
- May 17-24: Previously Loved Bicycle Neighborhood VIRTUAL Yardsale at the Wheelhouse
OTHER NORTE OFFERINGS DURING COVID:
- Grand Traverse Kids’ Bike Library – For lower elementary students, we have awesome bikes for awesome kids. Free.
- Balance Bike Share – For preschoolers and kindergarteners, come 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.
OUTSIDE REMAINS 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. 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.
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.
Norte continues to respond to the COVID-19 threat by implementing protective safety measures according to the latest from U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and Grand Traverse County Health Department. We are proud to lend our voice to help build awareness of COVID-19 and best practices to curb the spread of the virus. Stay Safe. Stay Active, Responsibly.
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.