Norte Meetups for the Deaf Community


Norte strives to make all our programs accessible and available to everyone. Still, we also see the need for smaller, specific communities to come together and celebrate what’s unique to them. When we can help facilitate and create the space to make it happen, we’re all in.

Norte’s Bikes For All’s latest program centered on the Deaf Community in the Grand Traverse Region. Fall 2020 meetups were led by Norte Outreach Coordinator Lauren Dake.

Meetups last an hour, beginning with introductions and following up with an easy, slow roll on bicycles. When we start Meetups again, we invite anyone hard of hearing, families of Deaf children, CODAS (Children of Deaf adults), SODAs (siblings of Deaf adults), and friends and interpreters of the Deaf to join us.

If you have a bike, certainly bring it. Otherwise, we have bikes we can loan out for the meetup, including adaptive bikes. If it’s been years since you’ve ridden a bicycle or have never ridden one, that’s okay– we have you covered and can help.


Every third Saturday 

May 15 – August 21, 11 – noon

We meet at Norte’s Clubhouse on the south side of the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in Traverse City.  If anyone needs a bike, we have a bunch in there to borrow.


We need volunteers! Get involved HERE. Or, maybe you have a tricycle or other adaptive bike we can borrow or rent for the summer. Let us know at


We understand the importance of facial expressions as part of sign language. While it is crucial to wear masks to help stop the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe during the pandemic, we also know the importance of creating an inclusive meetup. When we are gathered, we will maintain physical distances of at least six feet and wear face masks as much as possible. For example, if someone is speaking to the entire group, they may remove the mask.

We ask that everyone be responsible and monitor their health. If you have been feeling ill, please wait until symptoms pass before joining us. We will still be here and happy to greet you!

The National Association of the Deaf offers more comprehensive recommendations for keeping the Deaf Community safe during the pandemic. We will continue to monitor their recommendations.