The 2020 Norte Bike Library Report


One good thing out of 2020 is that we recognized the outdoors’ value more than ever before. And there was an unprecedented need for bikes! 

Norte was there to support the cause with our Grand Traverse Regional Kids’ Bike Library. We’re fortunate this year to have a steady supply of quality used bikes to loan young riders. Thank you to everyone who donated a bike this year and our community partners such as McLain Cycle and Fitness for always being there. With branches in both Traverse City and Elk Rapids, the library saw unprecedented growth this year.

The Grand Traverse Regional Kids’ Bike Library has a mission. It is to make sure that every kid has a bike that fits, functions, and can keep them pedaling — regardless of their family’s resources. Checking out a bike from the library is 100% free. Families return them when they’re done for the next size up.

This acceleration of the bike library is thanks to your donations and participation. In Traverse City, the Wheelhouse was packed all year. The opening of our Elk Rapids Chain Hub allowed for more convenient access for Antrim County families. Our partnerships with organizations in Grand Traverse, Antrim, and Leelanau Counties brought bikes closer to the kids who needed them across Northern Michigan. We achieved this success as part of physical education classes and through bikes checked out by families. 

Thank you to everyone who made the 2020 Grand Traverse Regional Kids’ Bike Library a success. Your support has a real, measurable impact.

Dive into our full 2020 report. 

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