Bikes For All Northern Michigan

Norte is for happy, healthy, ready-to-learn communities — no matter their members’ ability. We practice inclusion and strive to see that everyone 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 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.

Bikes For All MeetUps

In June of 2021, we launched Bikes for All MeetUps for individuals with special needs not in one of our school-based programs. All Norte MeetUps are a fantastic opportunity to build a healthy, move more culture at school and encourage students to be active, happy, and ready-to-learn.

Starting June 8, we’ll be hosting Bikes for All MeetUps for individuals 26 and older every Tuesday at 10:30 am. Then, on Thursdays at 4 pm, we host a meet-up for riders 26 and younger. We ask that riders RSVP and if necessary, reserve a specific bike that fits their needs. We also welcome riders to reserve an independent time to borrow a bike to cruise around the Civic Center. Choose your bike and time, and get rolling.

ADAPTIVE BIKES AVAILABLE

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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.

Should we bring our bikes?

Yes. And your helmet, too. Don’t have one, or don’t pedal? No worries. We have some adaptive bikes available to borrow.

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.

VOLUNTEER

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.

Maybe you have a tricycle or other adaptive bike we can borrow or rent? Let us know at programs@elgruponorte.org.