The Grand Traverse Regional Kids’ Bike Library Opens Branch in Elk Rapids

In partnership with Bayfront Beach and Bike and McLain Cycles, we’re thrilled to expand our bike library to Elk Rapids to provide a much-needed community service that provides access to physical activity and transportation.

The Elk Rapids Kids’ Bike Library aims to keep awesome, elementary-aged students pedaling by making sure their bike always fits, no matter their family’s resources. Young people are able to borrow a bike for as long as it fits them. Once they outgrow the bike, they return it to Norte in exchange for the next size up. For free.

Norte believes that bicycles change lives and this new Bike Library will empower the young of Antrim County to ride more, venture further and embrace a happy, healthy lifestyle.

“Thanks to Bayfront Beach and Bike and McLain’s Cycles, families in Antrim County now have access to awesome bikes that they can use year after year. It is so important to get kids on bikes that fit them well, are comfortable and are functioning at their best to encourage them to ride more,” shared Lauren Dake, Norte’s Antrim County coordinator.

“We are excited to work with Norte to get access to quality bikes for all ages. We are happy to help Norte in whatever way we can to encourage more happy, active kids,” said Shaun Quinn, owner of Bayside.

“We are grateful to have a new relationship with Elk Rapids to get a Norte Bike Library off the ground. The more kids on bikes, the better,” said Kris McLain, owner of Mclain Cycles.

Sizes (check HERE for bikes currently available):

  • 12 inch (ideal for 3-4 year olds)
  • 16 inch (ideal for 4-5  year olds)
  • 20 inch (ideal for 5-6 year olds)
  • 24 inch (ideal for 6-10 year olds)

We also have some balance bikes to share during the summer for a small fee.

In return, we simply ask that the kids promise to:
  1. take good care of the bike
  2. ride the bike as much as possible
  3. be a positive Norte ambassador

Here’s how it works:

Help keep the Elk Rapids Kids Bike Library free. 100% of donations go to support operations including helping pay for supplies to maintain the bikes.


Norte | Happy. Healthy. Strong.

Norte is the Grand Traverse Region’s active transportation-centered, youth-focused, neighborhood-based 501c3 advocacy organization.

Norte’s mission is to help build stronger, better connected and more walk/bike friendly communities by empowering the young and young at heart.