Traverse City 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’s senior advisor, 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 strengthen community and make Traverse City a more accessible place for people on foot or bicycles year round.

Neighbors helping neighbors. Zero emissions. Clean energy. Infinite MPG. That’s pretty awesome.

Plows are ready to be borrowed. Contact us at hello@elgruponorte.org to learn more.

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 2015 Bike Plow Experiment HERE.

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

Questions? Email us at hello@elgruponorte.org.