Gracias, Brian!

Meet Brian Buysse, one of Norte’s awesome volunteers!

Brian started coming into the Wheelhouse this spring and summer to wrench on bikes to get bikes under more bottoms in northern Michigan. His expertise is needed and very appreciated. Thank you for your time and passion, Brian!

How long have you been volunteering with Norte?

Just a few weeks wrenching but have assisted on a few rides and also helped paint the Wheelhouse last fall. 

What’s your bike background?

I’ve done multi-day tours, mountain bike races, then moved into road cycling. After getting burned out from my IT career, I decided I needed to do something completely different. I shadowed a neighbor on the finer points of bike mechanics then shortly after, I moved from Lansing to northern Michigan after finding a job at a bike shop in Beulah. I also owned and ran a bike shop in Manistee for a few years and spent 15 years total as a professional in the industry.

Why do you share your time and passion with Norte?

I want to give back. I’ve seen how bike shops can exclude people who don’t know much about bikes and I want to bring my knowledge and mechanical expertise to Norte to help combat that. Bikes can bring people together and give them a sense of freedom on the road and on the trail. Bicycling can also help people find joy. But there’s nothing worse than getting kids excited and then giving them a bike that doesn’t work; they can lose interest pretty fast. I want kids to have a positive experience with bikes. So, someone with my mechanical experience can not only fix up bikes and help Norte with its bike lending programs, but I can also help kids and volunteers learn bike maintenance. My goal is to find the best fit and contribute what I can and, again, spread the joy that bikes can give people, both young and old.

 

Want to be awesome like Brian and share your time and expertise with Norte? There are a lot of different volunteer opportunities to fit your schedule. Thank you for making the magic happen!

Adventurama: Results and photo gallery

 

On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in Traverse City, 33 squads of 130+ happy people on bicycles took to our neighborhood streets and trails in search of treasure, high fives and glory.

100% of proceeds will support our Traverse City wide Safe Routes To School initiative including our free bike safety program that starts this week at 5 schools.

Congrats to team Bike The Bike on their “win”. See the very unofficial results HERE.

Did you Adventurama? Share your photos with us and then tell us the good, bad and ugly to help make next year’s event awesome’er HERE.

 

 

Kids on bikes in Traverse City. All. Summer. Long.

Off the couch. Off the screen. Let’s get outside and on bikes in this amazing place we call home.

Norte! has mucho bike-y happenings for happy, healthy, young people all summer long:

Full list of events HERE

Can’t wait to ride bikes together, kids. Vamanos!

Kids on bikes in Traverse City this weekend: 6 things

1. Norte!’s slot for The Little Fleet dunk tank is 430-5 today. Come dunk us and help raise $ for our mountain bike team.

 

 2. Fridays@TheCommons is on after dunk tank shenanigans. 5:30 at the piazza: elgruponorte.org/dirt/friday
 
3. TC Bicycle Festivo is tomorrow 10-noon at the Clubhouse. Please come: elgruponorte.org/festivo
 
4. Vasa Domingos Sunday with special guests the Woodland Eagles is this weekend. Invite yo’ friends: elgruponorte.org/eagles
 
5. Zeke’s Ride is also this Sunday. 6:30 at the Clubhouse. Please come to that too: elgruponorte.org/zeke
 
6. Want your kid to know how to bike around town intelligently, independently and confidently? Get ’em into The Bike Mas Project: elgruponorte.org/bikecamp


Bike Happy, Traverse City Keeps Rollin’

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Bike Happy, Traverse  City, our year end fundraiser, is crushing it. $2360 and counting. That’s mucho dinero for Norte! but let’s keep’er rolling.

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Remember, thanks to these awesome 6 businesses/organizations, the first $3000 will be matched. Let’s not leave money on the table, folks.

With your support, Norte! will:

  • invest in bike tools, parts and supplies for El Barrio Bike Fix, our upcoming after school learn-to-wrench program at Eastern Elementary
  • fund The Bike Mas Project, our experienced-based after school empowerment program at Eastern and Traverse Heights Elementary this spring
  • purchase more balance bikes for the Estrellas del Norte!, our learn-to-ride program this summer
  • grow our Kids Bike Library to make sure that every awesome kid can ride an awesome bike no matter their family’s financial resources

Please donate today!

Norte! is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (Tax ID 46-4861142), and your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.

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Traverse City, MI, 49685

A Norte! Story: Eleanor Bikes Happy To The Little Fleet

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Meet Eleanor. Eleanor is a 4th grader at TCAPS Montessori @ Glenn Loomis. In addition to participating in Bike To School Fridays, TC Walks To School Day and bike2camp, Eleanor and her family joined us on many TC Rides, our weekly slow roll which finishes at The Little Fleet, this summer.

We asked Eleanor to share her experience with us. Here’s her story:

Riding Bikes To The Little Fleet With  Norte!
by: Eleanor Olds

I love Norte! because it’s like a big family that loves to bike. Biking is so fun. Sometimes a group of Norte! people make a bike train and we bike around then go to the Little Fleet for dinner. I love food and biking, so that is always fun. Norte! is Awesome.

Eleanor’s story and drawings

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Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Eleanor, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you liked Eleanor’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

 

A Norte! Story: Ty Bikes Happy With The Estrellas

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Meet Ty. Ty is 3 years old. Along with his mom, Arianne, Ty joined us for several Estrellas del Norte! meet-ups this summer. The Estrellas are our learn-to-ride balance bike squad. They play, meet new friends, ride bikes, eat snacks, and have FUN!

We asked Ty and Arianne to share their experience with us. Here’s their story:

Balance Bikes With Norte!
by: Ty’s mom

This past summer, Norte! encouraged little kids to get involved with the Estrellas Balance Bike Squad. What’s a balance bike? Basically, a bike without pedals that helps kids hone their balance and steering skills before they graduate to a standard pedal bike.
 

On select Tuesday evenings, a small but extremely energetic group of two to five year-olds met up at F&M to ride in the park, eat snacks and have fun. The parents set-up cones and obstacles for the tikes to try out balance bikes donated by McLain Cycle.

As the parent of an only-child, my main interest in the Estrellas was to get my three year-old son, Tyler, around kids of varying ages and abilities so he could interact with and learn from them. Ty spent most of the first meet-up running around the obstacle course and barrel rolling down the hill, but each time that the Estrellas gathered he spent more time riding.

A few of the kids had never been on a bike of any type before, and one girl had a balance bike at home but had no interest in it until she came and saw others riding around. Kids learn from other kids, and Estrellas provided the perfect opportunity. All in all, the first season was a success, and we look forward to building on it in Summer 2016.

Fortunately we had a mild-weathered fall, so when Estrellas was over, the riding continued. Ty’s big balance-bike moment of the year was doing the Iceman Sno-cone in November. This was his debut bike “race” and I wasn’t sure how he’d react to the sea of youngsters at the start line. He was a little timid, but once they took off, it was go time! My husband and I shuffled alongside as Ty gave it his best effort while wearing his new Norte! jersey. He crossed the finish with a huge smile and asked, “Dad, can we do it again!?”

We look forward to doing more with Norte! in the coming years as they introduce more families to the awesomeness of riding bikes.

Estrellas Photo Gallery

Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Ty, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you liked Ty’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

A Norte! Story: Ryan Bikes Happy At Conquer The Village

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Meet Ryan. Ryan  is a 7th grader at East Middle School. We first met Ryan this spring at our weekly urban mountain bike shred, Fridays@TheCommons. Ryan showed up week after week, put in the time, worked hard and transformed himself into a legit mountain biker. In less than awesome weather, Ryan put those skills on display at the Conquer The Village race.

We asked Ryan to share his experience with us. Here’s his story:

Conquering The Village With Norte!
by: Ryan Miller

The first bike ride I went to with Norte! was a Fridays@TheCommons. I was kind of nervous because I did not know anyone.  But I have to say,I enjoyed it because everyone was really nice and they showed me where to go.  After that first Fridays@TheCommons, I realized that mountain biking was something I would be able to work for and I liked doing. 
Then I heard about the Conquer the Village Race. Mr. Schmidt told me it would be in about one month. He said if I really wanted a Norte! jersey, I could get one if I did this race. I REALLY liked that bright orange jersey and having one would make me part of this bike team. 
The week before the race, I looked up the weather. It was forecasted to be rainy and cold.  I knew that I didn’t really care about the weather and that it would be a blast to get muddy and wet.  I knew that the conditions downhill would be slick.
Race day came and Mr. Schmidt handed me my orange jersey. I put it on and I was feeling psyched.  Seeing the news cameras and hearing the loud music got me nervous and pumped up. We lined up and it was mostly a sea of orange jerseys. I went out hard to get ahead and I hit the first hill and got into a good pace. It was pouring rain and my glasses were covered in raindrops and I could hardly see.
I had to do 5 laps.  On the fourth lap I was starting to hit the wall. But as I rounded the start of the fifth lap, the music and the DJ announcer yelling “Last lap!” got me pumped. I floored it for the last lap and my head was light and fuzzy and my body was aching.  I came into the finish covered in mud and shaking cold and totally stoked to keep on mountain biking. I am hooked. Thanks Norte!.

Ryan’s Conquer The Village Gallery

Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Ryan, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you liked Ryan’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

A Norte! Story: Katie Bikes Happy To School With Friends

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Meet Katie. Katie is a 3rd grader at TCAPS Montesorri @ Glenn Loomis. She is part of the all girl Montessori Trolley bike train. Katie also joined us for bike2sail, bike2camp, Tour de TART “training” rides, Traverse City Walks To School Day, Winter Bike To School Day and the Cherry Fest parade. Wow. Awesome, right?!

We asked Katie to share her experience with us. Here’s her story:

Biking To School With Friends
by: Katie Clark

I like riding bicycles to school with friends because they are fun to talk with while you pedal fast.  Going fast seems very smooth and soft, like going down an ice hill and the ice is so smooth and gentle.   I really like riding by myself too, it is fun.  Then you can imagine that you are with friends on an adventure going all around the world on a bike.  It is just really fun, fun, fun. 

Katie’s Bike-tastic Photo Gallery

Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Katie, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you liked Katie’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

A Norte! Story: Quinn Bikes Happy To El Barrio Bike Fix

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Meet Quinn. Quinn is a 4th grader at TCAPS Montessori @ Glenn Loomis.  We first met Quinn when he starting riding with the Montessori Bay Express – a Norte! bike train led by his fab mom, Elizabeth – and then again at our after school learn-to-wrench program, El Barrio Bike Fix. Quinn is a heck of a kid. Smart. Independent. Confident. We like him. A lot.

We asked Quinn to share his experience. Here’s his story:

Learning To Fix Bikes = Awesome!
by: Quinn Waddle

I think Norte! is a real good thing to get you on your bike. They don’t try to make you do it, they just encourage you to do it. I choose to do it and I have a lot of fun. My mom is a bike train conductor and our train is called the Bay Express. Bike to School Fridays are fun because Mr. Clark brought donuts one day and a police man gave me a free Slurpee ticket for 7-11.

Yarro is a bike mechanic. One Friday in October he taught me how to fix my flat tire on my BMX bike. When Yarro comes I see him going around the bike racks and checking if anybody had flat tires. When you learn how to fix your bike it’s awesome.

El Barrio Bike Fix @ Glenn Loomis Photo Gallery

Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Quinn, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you like Quinn’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

A Norte! Story: William Bikes Happy On The Vasa Trail

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Meet William. William is a 6th grader at East Middle School. We met William last year when he started showing up for Vasa Domingos and Fridays@TheCommons, our weekly mountain bike shreds. By working hard, William has come a long, long way. He is now legit mountain biker; smooth through the turns, powerful up the climbs and confident through the sand.

We asked William to share his experience. Here’s his story:

Sand, Hills and The Vasa Trail
by: William Haapala

It was a scorching hot day and the sun was up at its highest peak, almost like a clock when it strikes twelve. I could barely see. My dad and I were on the Slush Cup course with a biking group called Norte!. Here we are – the huge valley sandpit. I am never going to make it up the hill, I am totally going to crash in the sandpit. Even if I do make it through I will never make it up the other side.

What are the odds that I will make it up? I don’t know why I have enough confidence to try this. And there I was creeping up the one side of the valley, my face was redding up and I could feel the sweat starting to run down my back. It felt like the sun was going to collide with the Earth. My heart was starting to thump faster and faster.

Every inch felt like an hour. The top of the hill was coming into sight and I felt like I was going to pass out. I could hear my bike talking “crunch too much sand, crunch too much sand.” I could barely hold the grips because I was so sweaty. Higher and higher I went and finally I was at the top.

It felt like it took hours. It had only just begun, now I was speeding down an extremely steep hill right for an extremely large sandpit. I could hear my bike clicking rapidly. It felt like the sun was running away from the Earth. There it was 3,2,1 it sounded like water falling. Maybe I will make it this time.

My front wheel was swerving every which way. I was getting into what the pro bikers call a death wobble. I could smell the strong scent of churned up dirt because of the ATVs. My eyes were closed so tight that my eyelids were starting to get sore, and all the sudden my wheel stopped wobbling. I think I might make it. I opened my eyes and I was coasting up the other side. There was so much sand in my mouth and it tasted like dirt. The sun was back and I was sweating again.

I was feeling a lot better about this now but still not sure if I was going to make it. My dad came up to me. “That wasn’t so bad, I thought I would have never made it, ” I said with enthusiasm. That was the easiest time I have ever gotten up a hill so big I thought. I can’t wait until next time. I can’t believe that I thought it was so hard. That was so much fun. I will always look forward to this part of the trail.

“I will never be afraid of this again,” I told my dad. He nodded in reply. Maybe this is why biking is so fun; maybe the suspense is what makes it enjoyable. It is now two years later and I still look forward to this part or the trail.

Video from Vasa Domingos featuring William

 

Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like William, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you like William’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

A Norte! Story: Carter Bikes Happy With Winter Bike To School Day

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Meet Carter. Carter is a 6th grader at East Middle School. Last winter, when he was at Central Grade, Carter participated in Winter Bike to Work and School Day here in Traverse City. He was joined by his Principal, Mrs. Gallagher, several Norte! volunteers as well as 100+ awesome people across TC who embraced winter and pedaled to work/school together.

We asked Carter to share his experience. Here’s his story:

Winter Bike To School Day
by: Carter Schmidt

As I pulled on on my snow gear I grumbled to myself “Why can’t I just take the bus instead of biking to school? ” It was International Winter Bike to School and Work Day and my school’s principal, Mrs. Gallagher, was joining me to bike to school. International Winter Bike to School and Work Day is a worldwide competition where cities compete against each other to see who has the most people willing to bike to school or work in the dead of winter.

Traverse City was competing against cities like Montreal, Minneapolis, Moscow and Oslo and we were in the top 20. Norte! was trying to get as many people as possible to ride to work or school. Norte! is a youth focused, bike centric, advocacy organization that my parents started.  Mrs. G and 4 other brave souls chose to ride with me.

As soon as I walked into the cold air I involuntarily shivered. The thermometer showed that it was 5 degrees Fahrenheit. It wasn’t the coldest day I had ever ridden but it was still chilly. For the last two years, I rode my bike to school every day. I learned a lot riding in some miserable conditions. My mom always says “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices.” You have to dress smartly because the temperature can get into the negative teens. I wore a ski helmet and buff to keep my head and face warm. Also, you don’t want to ruin your nice bike. I rode a junky old mountain bike that my dad found in an alley. To get more traction on the snow, I let air out of my tires. It also takes some practice to learn to to handle your bike in the snow.

Mrs. Gallagher and I kind of had a hard time getting started due to the slippery snow and ice but once we got going it was fine. The streets were pretty clear thanks to the City getting out and plowing early in the morning. As we headed down Washington Street there wasn’t much traffic. As we got closer to school, there were more cars.

Once the school was right in front of us, I wanted to get out of the cold air so I started biking faster. As I approached the bike rack, I noticed that other kids rode their bikes too. I quickly took off my helmet and ran into the school. As I hit the heat of the warm building, I felt something cold drip onto my cheek. I realized that the ice on my eyelashes was melting and dripping down my face. What a great way to start my day!

A few photos from our Winter Bike To Work and School Day Gallery

Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Carter, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you like Carter’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

A Norte! Story: Avery Bikes Happy With Every Kid In A Park

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Meet Avery. Avery is a 4th grader at Woodland School. Earlier this fall, Avery joined us for our adventure to Sleeping Bear to get her Every Kid In A Park pass. We rode the BATA bus, pedaled bikes, climbed sand dunes, explored a museum and ate ice cream. It was awesome.

We asked Avery to share her experience. Here’s her story:

Every Kid In A Park With Norte!
by: Avery Sill

On September 27, 2015 I did my second Norte! ride. It was called an “Every Kid in a Park” Adventure.” My mom drove me to the BATA bus stop at Hall Street where we were to meet the other riders in the Norte! group. I was kind of nervous at first because I didn’t know anyone that I was riding with. But right when I got there everyone was so nice that I forgot that I was nervous.

We loaded up the bikes and got on the bus. Then the bus drove us to the visitors’ center at Sleeping Bear Dunes. As a Fourth Grader, I was given a free pass to any National Park in the country! Then we rode our bikes along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. The trail was very hilly.

We were riding through a tunnel of trees. I felt like I was riding in a fairy tale. When we got to the dunes we climbed and climbed and climbed. After we climbed we had lunch, then we climbed some more. It was so fun. I got a lot of sand in my clothes, hair, nose, and ears, but it was worth it!

After Sleeping Bear Dunes, we took the Heritage Trail to Glen Haven on our bikes. We explored the boat museum and the black smith’s shop. At the boat museum there was a super cool scavenger hunt! Then we rode to Glen Arbor to have ice cream at Cherry Republic. The ice cream was delicious. Next we rode to the bus stop to get picked up to go home. My legs were pretty tired but I wanted to keep riding.

At the end of the day I had made a couple of new friends. I felt really proud of myself for riding thirteen miles, more than I had ever ridden before! This day was one of the best experiences of my life. I think the best part was riding with Norte!. Norte! is a very welcoming and encouraging group. I am so excited to be a part of Norte!.

Our Every Kid In A Park Photo Gallery

Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Avery, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you like Avery’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

A Norte! Story: Jack Bikes Happy At Fridays@TheCommons

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Meet Jack. Jack is a 7th grader at East Middle School.  We first met Jack this spring at Fridays@TheCommons, our weekly in-town mountain bike shred, and were immediately impressed by his attitude and energy. He showed up week after week all summer and progressed quickly into a legit, confident and strong mountain biker.

We asked Jack to share his experience. Here’s his story:

Norte! at The Commons
by: Jack McNamara

I began riding with Norte! last May and I’ve really enjoyed the Friday evening rides because they are a great way to end the school week and hang out with my friends while doing my favorite thing: biking.  Riding at the Commons is a highlight because the trails are challenging and full of hills.  The hills are the best because after you work your way up the long, steep inclines, you get the  reward of an awesome downhill!

Just weeks after joining the Norte! group last May, I rode in the “Conquer the Village” bike race at the Commons. This was my first time racing, but after just four times around the course on the Friday rides, I knew it like the back of my hand. The day of the race was cold, rainy, and muddy, but once I got moving, I forgot all about it.  I had a blast each time I made my way around the course, and I can’t wait to race “Conquer the Village” and ride with Norte! again next year!

Jack’s Conquer The Village Photo Gallery

Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Jack, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you like Jack’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

A Norte! Story: Cici Bikes Happy To Go Sailing

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Meet Cici. Cici is a 4th grader at Central Grade School. She joined us and Traverse Area Community Sailing for the inaugural Bike 2 Sail this summer. Bike 2 Sail is a super awesome, zero emission adventure for Traverse City kids where we rode bikes to – you guessed it – sail boats.

We asked Cici to share her experience. Here’s her story:

Bike 2 Sail
By: Cici Copenhaver

I was so happy when my Mom and Dad said I was doing Bike 2 Sail! My Dad had promised me that we were going to sign up for sailing lessons but we hadn’t done it yet. It was my first time sailing and I was super excited! My Mom drove me over to the open space with my life jacket, my bike and my bathing suit.

I recognized Mr. Schmidt from Norte! It was a beautiful Michigan summer day. We biked along the waterfront. Downtown was very busy with people walking their dogs, jogging and playing on the beach. We took the TART trail over to the sailboats on Boardman Lake.

Instructors took several kids out at a time and showed us the parts of the sailboat and how to sail. It wasn’t too windy or too calm. After learning about sailing, I got to go stand-up paddle board and sail a smaller boat with my friends. Next year I am going to sign up for sailing camp with Traverse Area Community Sailing. I used to think TV and video games were fun but being outside is way better. I am so glad I live in Traverse City where I can bike and sail and have fun outside!

Thank you to all of the volunteers for helping with Bike 2 Sail and all the other great events Norte! has done. My family went on several summer Wednesday night rides including one where my cousin and aunt from Delaware came. My cousin was so happy to be biking on his new bike around town. My favorite band also biked with us that night! I think it set a record for the biggest Wednesday night bike train [ Editor’s note: It did indeed. 190-ish neighbors joined The Accidentals for TC Rides to set the “Most Awesome People On Bikes On A Wednesday Night In Traverse City” record]. 

I also went with my Dad to Take Your Kid Mountain Biking Day. It was my first time on the VASA. I went through the saplings faster than my Dad.

2015 Bike 2 Sail photo gallery

Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Cici, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you like Cici’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

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Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

A Norte! Story: Will Bikes Happy At Vasa Domingos

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Meet Will. Will is a 5th grader at Eastern Elementary. He came out to many Vasa Domingos – our weekly mountain bike shred – this fall and was also part of our first Bike Más Project class – our after school empowerment program – at Eastern too. We asked Will to share his experiences. Here’s his story:

Vasa Domingos + The Bike Más Project = Awesome Iceman SlushCup
by Will Unger

When I first started doing Norte!’s Vasa Domingos rides I had no confidence in being able to do the Slush Cup. I felt like I was being asked to ride to California and back. Luckily, I learned on the first ride that you could go at your own pace and the group would wait for you; you didn’t have to feel rushed.

After a few weeks of doing the Norte! rides, I had way more confidence and actually had somewhat a belief of being able to do the Slush Cup. Now, I felt like I was being asked to ride to Kalkaska, not impossible but hard. As weeks passed, I gained more and more confidence. I felt stronger. I could go through sand pits and make it up most of the hills without walking. I felt like I could do it in just over an hour. On race day I finished the race in my goal time because I had done the Norte!’s Vasa Domingos rides.

The Bike Más Project also helped me do the Slush Cup because I learned communication so I understood what the other riders meant by “on your right.” Also I learned bike maintenance so I could check if my tire release is tight enough or if my brakes work. I certainly didn’t want my tire to fall off or my brakes to stop working while going down a hill in the Slush Cup. Also The Bike Más Project allowed me to see what it is like to ride in a group. I learned how much more fun it is to ride in a group that communicates and lets you know exactly what is going to happen. I loved riding through town joking around with my friends. Our leader, Cody Sovis, always had a joke ready.

The Bike Más Project is a lot of fun and the Norte! rides are a ton of fun too.

Will is also involved with Class Chat, a student run video series at Eastern. Check out this episode featuring our very own, Cody Sovis:

 

Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Will, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you like Will’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

You can give here:

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Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.

Bike Happy, Traverse City

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Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, we have empowered many of our local youth to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

Check out these 12 awesome Bike Happy stories by 12 awesome kids:

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Hannah Bikes Happy On TC Rides

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Will Bikes Happy At Vasa Domingos

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Cici Bikes Happy To Go Sailing

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Jack Bikes Happy At Fridays@The Commons

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Avery Bikes Happy With Every Kid In A Park

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Carter Bikes Happy With Winter Bike To School Day

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William Bikes Happy On The Vasa Trail

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Quinn Bikes Happy To El Barrio Bike Fix

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Katie Bikes Happy To School With Friends

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Ryan Bikes Happy At Conquer The Village

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Ty Bikes Happy With The Estrellas

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Eleanor Bikes Happy To The Little Fleet

The Bike Happy, Traverse  City  campaign aims to raise funds to help support our mission while also creating awareness for bike culture in Traverse City.

Celebrating our second year as a non-profit organization, we have worked hard to advocate for active, two-wheeled transportation here in Traverse City, and are proud of our accomplishments:

As a Norte! donor , your contribution will support:

  • Active, fit and engaged young people in Traverse City.
  • A stronger, better connected, more bicycle-friendly Traverse City.
  • The next generation of bikes-for-life leaders in Traverse City.

And!! Thanks to these generous underwriters, the first $3000 donated will be matched dollar for dollar:

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Your generous donation will allow us to continue to inspire, educate, advocate and build community in this amazing place we call home.

Gracias.

Norte! is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (Tax ID 46-4861142), and your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.

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Thank you and let’s ride bikes together soon!

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.

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A Norte! Story: Hannah Bikes Happy On TC Rides

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Meet Hannah. Hannah is a 3rd grader at Central Grade School here in Traverse City. She and her family, joined us on many TC Rides, our slow, chit-chatty community cruise, this summer. She even wrote a story about it:

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by Hannah Pulliam

The Norte! ride is you drive down to the Peace Train. Park your bike in the back or you ride your bike down there. You get on your bike. There is a whole group of people. You follow them down through the neighborhoods and down by the hospital and end of at Little Fleet food trucks. And you get something to eat and drink.

It is fun and keeps your healthy. Then people ride back to the Peace Train park or their house. If you like having fun and staying healthy then you should do the Norte! ride. It starts at 6 o’clock. Hope you can make it there!

Hannah’s story that she turned into her teacher, Mrs. Bageris:

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Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Hannah, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.

If you like Hannah’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City  campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.

You can give here:

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Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.