Safe Routes To School on their way in East Bay

Four schools and their 4,000 students are within a half mile of the Hammond and 3-mile intersection. Also nearby, is a growing number of everyday services to visit. There’s Centre Ice, East bay public library and Township Hall, Oleson’s Grocery, and a taqueria! We dare to dream with you about a day when this is a little village connected by trails, sidewalks, and multiple safe crosswalks.


One major goal towards this end is to extend to 3-mile multi-use trail that currently ends at South Airport and connect it to all of these proud destinations.

There is good news. Although plenty of work lies ahead, the purchase of the future Mitchell Creek Meadow Preserve by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is a trailblazer. We can now see a path for four schools and 4,000 students and their families to be connected to a growing network of safe routes. Congratulations are certainly in order for the Safe Routes to School and 3-mile champions.

Along with the trail extension, Norte is working with regional partners to put in place a successful Safe Routes to School project. The Grand Traverse Academy, Cherry Knoll Elementary, Traverse City East Middle, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle schools are all working together to make this a reality. We also stand with you all to advocate for safer streets throughout the township.


We’ve come a long ways from those terrifying early morning rides to East Middle School and Grand Traverse Academy with members of our youth leadership council. Since then, we have had three successful resolutions of support by different East Bay boards in the summer and three excellent walk audits at Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools’ SEAS, EMS and Cherry Knoll Elementary. We also introduced the systems work we’ve been part of at Happy, Healthy, Ready-to-Learn: A Systems Practice Report + Community Conversation at the Library

If you support a safer, healthier, happier and better connected East Bay Township that will not only benefit students but township residents, business owners, and visitors alike, please add your name below to stay engaged with all the great things coming to Easy Bay.