Bikes For All Northern Michigan
Norte is for happy, healthy, ready to learn kids no matter their ability. We practice inclusion and strive to see that every child has an opportunity to experience the joy of riding a bicycle.
Bikes For All Northern Michigan is an educational program that teaches confidence, independence and walk and roll safety skills. We invite young people with disabilities to join us for the adventure, to stretch their legs, and some fun.
The Bikes For All program started in 2018 with a successful 4-week pilot program at Oak Park elementary. A huge thanks to 4Front Credit Union for helping us keep it growing.
The Bikes for All program is an excellent way for a volunteer to contribute to Norte and give back to the community. We’re always in need of volunteer assistants. Even if you only have one day per week, let us know.
Bikes For All MeetUps
In addition to our other Safe Routes To School programs, The Great Northern Michigan Bike Train Experiment, The After School Adventure Bike Club, and Estrellas, Bikes for All MeetUps are another fantastic opportunity to build a healthy, move more culture at school and encourage students to be active, happy, and ready-to-learn.
When we can conduct our schools in schools, we use bigger balance bikes and adaptive bikes to teach elementary students coordination and neuromuscular control paramount to safe, confident, independent bicycle riding. This fun and stimulating gross motor activity also facilitates academic learning by improving concentration, developing listening and following instructions, and fine motor skills like handwriting.
We have held some safe, distanced, and masked-up MeetUps at the Wheelhouse during the pandemic: specifically, the Norte MeetUps for the Deaf Community. We’re looking forward to hosting more MeetUps as it is safe to do so in the future.
- When MeetUps start up again, should we bring our bike?
Yes. And, your helmet, too. We’ll have a bunch of bigger balance bikes to try and hope to have some adaptive bikes available to demo as well.
- Sounds awesome. Will we need to sign up?
Nope. No charge either. Just come to the Clubhouse or Wheelhouse when we’re hosting a Meetup; we’ll tell you which in the event description. Bring a friend or three too.
Maybe you have a tricycle or other adaptive bike we can borrow or rent? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Out and Stay Active Responsibly
- Health Check – Self-monitor and stay home if you’re feeling sick.
- Socialize Outside – You have up to 20 times higher risk of getting sick inside. If you do get together inside, include no more than two households and limit time inside together.
- Wear a mask – Take it off when you eat or drink, then put it back on, even outside.
- Physically Distanced – Keep six feet apart as much as you can.
- Keep it Down – When possible, keep voices down. Higher volumes can increase COVID transmission by 30 times.
- Wash Hands – Wash hands regularly. 20 seconds with soap and water.