During May, Norte has almost daily activities to encourage more people to go outside and roll with the organization’s spin on National Bike Month. Join us, #BikeThere
With spring in the air and the snow finally at an end, Norte invites individuals in Northern Michigan to experience the joy of getting out for a bike ride. Norte‘s Executive Director, Ty Schmidt, urges everyone to lean into Bike Month and try riding a bike for everyday tasks.
“Every day, people across the globe, many of them right here in Michigan, prove daily that the bicycle remains one of the most efficient, accessible, convenient, and safe ways to stay active and get things done,” said Schmidt. “I hope folks use Bike Month to develop a habit of biking to school or work, running to the store, going to the dentist, or getting their vaccination. Bikes are an expression of freedom.”
Norte‘s May calendar is rolling with opportunities for families to participate at all skill levels and confidence. The month kicks off on Sunday, May 2, with the annual Previously Loved Bicycle Neighborhood Yard Sale. This event runs from 11 am–2 pm outside at the Norte Wheelhouse in the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Norte will have donated bikes for sale, and for $10, individuals may sell their own.
“If you don’t have a bike, don’t let that stop you from experiencing Bike Month,” said Schmidt. “The yard sale is a great opportunity to find a perfect bike to keep you rolling throughout the summer, into fall, and beyond.”
Other highlights of the Bike Month include Bike to School Day on May 5, Take a Mom Mountain Biking on May 9, and 24 Hours at the Civic Center from noon on Saturday, May 15 to noon on Sunday, May 16. The latter is what Schmidt calls a “move-a-thon,” where individuals pledge to walk, run, or roll around the one-mile long Civic Center track for 30 minutes out of 24 hours. Participants pledge $20 and encourage others to donate to their cause. The funds raised are invested back into Norte‘s youth programming and improvements at the Civic Center.
Bike Month began in 1956 by The League of American Bicyclists to put on display the many benefits of bicycling and encourage others to get rolling. This year’s theme is #BikeThere to promote the everyday tasks accomplished on a bike. #BikeThere is exemplified by Norte with Eats by Bike Week from May 18-21. Norte will provide a bingo card of local restaurants and encourage individuals to visit as many of them as possible while wearing their orange Norte gear and, of course, arriving by bicycle.
To make the most out of Bike Month, Norte offers the following reminders.
- Give your bike a tune-up and get in early as local bike shops get busy quickly.
- Obey the rules of the road and ride with respect for others. We’re all in this together.
- Make sure your bike has working lights. You never know when you’ll need them.
NORTHERN MICHIGAN BIKE MONTH CALENDAR
- May 1: Cheers to Bike Month and Silver Spruce Brewing’s “Bicicleta”
- May 2: Previously Loved Bicycle Neighborhood Yard Sale
- May 3: Dust off and tune up your bike at the Community Bike Shop
- May 3: Youth Mountain Bike Team Practices Start!
- May 5: 2021 Northern Michigan Bikes to School Day
- May 7: Fantastic Fridays (every Friday until Summer Vacation)
- May 9: Sunday Trail Rides Kicks Off (Rides every Sunday until Iceman)
- May 9: Take A Mom Mountain Biking Day
- May 10: Adventure Bike Club Practice Starts!
- May 15-16: 24 Hours at the Civic Center
- May 18-21: Eats by Bike Week
- May 19: Ride of Silence
- May 21: Kids vs. Adults — A Bike-Off
- May 22: Norte TuneUp at the Senior Center
- May 23: VIP Slow Roll