TC Bike Plow

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Every winter, Norte! harnesses the power of the bicycle to clear neighborhood trails and sidewalks the awesome way. Using custom bike plows designed locally by Dr. Tom Auer and built by Norte! board member, Mr. Otwell, the TC Bike Plow program is dedicated in helping keep our community walkable/bikeable during the snowy months.

We are partnering with an army of awesome people to bring bike plowing to every neighborhood in Traverse City. You can plow as often or as little as you want. You can plow a specific route or mix it up depending on your mood. This is a very grassroots initiative meant to build community via the winter bicycle.

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Pulling the plow isn’t easy, though. You will work. Your legs will burn. Your heart will pound. But you’ll have fun doing it. A workout with a purpose. Get fit and help your neighbors in the process. Way better than going to the gym or spinning your trainer in the basement.

A Fat Bike is ideal but a regular mountain bike will do the job in most conditions. Knobby/aggressive tires are recommended as is low gearing because it gets tough when the snow is deep. Our Winter Bike Share is open for the season so if you need a beater winter bike to pull the plow with, you can check one out. Beater bikes make the best winter bikes.

We’re aiming to bring more bike plows to more neighbors in more neighborhoods. We are harnessing the power of the winter bicycle to build community. To make Traverse City a more accessible place for walkers and cyclists. Neighbors helping neighbors. Zero emissions. Clean energy. Infinite MPG. That’s pretty awesome.

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Dads/Moms/Volunteers are also using the plows to pull in front of their kids on the way to school. These plows are the only reason why our Fridays Fantastico are still happening. They help make biking to school in TC a four season reality. Our Bike Trains would certainly be snowed-in without them.

If you want to build your own, we’ve also open-sourced Dr. Auer’s design to bring the Traverse City Bike Plow to the greater DIY/maker community. How-To Instructional HERE.

A Photo Gallery of all of our plows can be found HERE.

Read about our Bike Plow Experiment HERE.

And our Winter Biking To School and TC Bike Plow efforts HERE.

Mucho gracias to Meredith Barack from 9&10News for her story and Nate Payne/Keith King from the Record-Eagle for their story on us. Read it HERE.

Email us at hello@elgruponorte.org to get involved.

Bike Happy. Bike Mas. Bike TC.