Bike Más. Save Más: Chemical Bank to Support the Traverse City Bike Camp

Financial wellness can be just as important as the physical wellness your kids can get from riding their bikes, and the best financial lessons are part of everyday life. Fostering healthy savings habits early on can help your children throughout the rest of their lives. When children save up their own money to purchase something, they’ll feel empowerment and ownership over that purchase and will value it more. If a child saves up for a new bike, they’ll take more pride in it and will take better care of it since they know all the hard work that went into purchasing it!

To jump-start your kids’ interest in becoming financially responsible, here are a few tips:

  • At the Bank – When you go to the bank, bring your children with you and show them how transactions work. Ask the staff to explain how the bank operates, how checking and savings accounts work, how an ATM works, and how money can generate interest!
  • At Home – Discuss how credit cards work and how important it is to practice sound spending habits. Explain the importance of paying your bills on time, and what can happen if you don’t.
  • Planning a Vacation – Whether you’re planning an outing to a local amusement park or a once-in-a-lifetime trip, emphasize the value of saving as a family. Set a family savings goal that involves your children. Figure out the cost and discuss ways everyone can help reach that goal.
  • At the Market – It’s easy to give clear examples of “needs” and “wants” using different kinds of foods at a grocery store. Explain the benefits of comparison shopping, coupons, and store brands.
  • Browsing the Internet – While online, explain to your children how valuable their personal information and privacy is to you, to them, and to others online. Discuss the risks and benefits of sharing certain information. Then, as a family, make a list of rules for keeping personal information safe online.
  • On Payday – Discuss how pay is budgeted to pay for housing, food, and clothing, and how a portion is saved for future expenses such as college tuition and retirement. Discuss with your child how they can start budgeting their allowance.

Visit ChemicalBank.com/about/for-kids for more information. Make saving money fun with the Chemical Bank Banker Jr.™ app! Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Thank you to Chemical Bank for sponsoring the  2018 Norte Bike Más Project. Learn more about the Traverse City summer camp and register here.

Nik Carman to play Traverse City Amphitheater

 

Bluegrass phenom, TEDx Traverse City performer and Bike Mas Project alumni, Nik Carman will play the Amphitheater at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center Friday, September 1st at 7P. The talented Zach Watson will open for Nik at this free benefit concert with 100% of proceeds to support The Bike Mas Project, our adventure-based empowerment program for youth.

Didn’t know the Civic Center had an amphitheater? Yep. And it’s cool. Look for it in the southwest corner of the park.

 

 

BYO picnic on the grass at 6. Music starts at 7.

No tickets required. This is a free bike-tastic event. Free bike valet and highfives too. Donations are welcome, of course.

Big thanks to Leelanau Sound for the production help, Grand Traverse County Parks & Rec for co-hosting and the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City for sponsoring The Bike Mas Project and making this concert possible.

 

 

 

 

The Bike Mas Project Summer Camp: A Grand Finale

 

by Ben Boyce, Norte! Program Director

Great week of bike adventure, Bike Más!  This was a week of great pedaling, great signaling, great attitudes, and lots of fun.

Today’s 9.9 mile ride took as ALL OVER town.  I was especially proud of our street crossing at Cass St., Union St., and Division.  Way to go, Norte!

That new sculpture in Lay park was cool.  Inspired, I took an artsy photo:

 

 

Riding through downtown is fun, but finding secret cuts through downtown is even better!  Hannah Park has a lovely ribbon of dirt that spits us out on the west side of town, and sets us up nicely to take advantage of the 7th St. crossing at Division.

Our large group of 15 bicyclist took up the whole lane as we waited for our green light, but we only occupied as much roadway as 2 large cars.   That’s pretty cool.

 

 

We explored some paths through the old state hospital that lead to Higher Grounds Trading Company.  Higher Grounds has been supporting Norte! youth programming for a long time.  Inside, Josh took some time out of his busy day making delicious coffee to explain to the group how their coffee roasting process works.  Very interesting stuff, and it smelled so good in there!

We extended out snack-stop behind Greenspire School to include a nature break along the trails up there.  We found that hippie tree that everyone’s talking about!  The land behind the state hospital is full of trails and places to explore.  I hope everyone gets a chance to venture out that way.

 

We took another fun secret cut through some fields to get back into town, and stopped in at another Bike Más sponsor, Oryana Co-op.  Stephanie lead the kids around the store showing them what makes Oryana different from other stores (including organic jelly beans).


We followed the TART Trail through the mist  and over the lake back to our part of town.  Despite the cool, misty weather, there was unanimous support for ice cream at Bardon’s.  Who would have thought?!

These kids did really well this week.  I am super proud of their riding abilities and positive attitudes while we cranked out the miles through burning sun and chilling rain–they’re a bunch of troopers!

I had a great week riding bikes with them, and I look forward to watching them progress as community-minded cyclists.  Bike happy, Bike Más!


Learn more about The Bike Mas Project summer camp HERE.

 

 

The “How To Ride Around Traverse City With Your Friends and Not Freak Your Parents Out” summer camp

Make your summer bike-tastic! The Bike Más Project, our adventure-based summer camp for awesome kids – is back. It starts next week and goes through August.

 The Bike Mas Project teaches kids urban bike safety skills through empowerment, education, and adventure. Much adventure!

The Bike Más Project camp goers will:

  • Explore Traverse City on your bike and discover its awesome places
  • Learn how to bike safe and bike smart around town so your parents won’t freak out
  • Develop bike repair and maintenance skills. Knowing how to change a flat or adjust your brakes is IMPORTANT
  • Become a bike handling ninja ’cause better bike handling skills = less crashing = less oww-ies
  • Build confidence. Get fit. Have FUN!

Dates for kids going into 5th/6th grades:

June 12 – 16
July 10 – 14
August 7 – 11

Dates for kids going into 3rd/4th grades:

June 19 – 23
July 17 – 21
August 14 – 18

Dates for teens going into 7th/8th grades:

July 31 – August 4
August 21 – 25

Time:

9:00 – noon

Camp meets at the Norte! Clubhouse at the Civic Center

Cost:

$100

All campers receive:

“We participated in this program last summer with two of our children. They both absolutely loved it. Not only did it get them out and physically active, as a biking family, the Norte! group taught them critical bicycle safety skills while instilling the love of cycling through making it incredibly fun.” – Amanda DeBruyn

Limited spots available. Sign up today!

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Many scholarships available. Apply HERE.

Learn more about last year’s summer camp HERE.

Our Kids Bike Library has a couple bikes and helmets to loan out too if needed.

Thank you, sponsors for supporting The Bike Mas Project!

 

Learn more about Coast, Higher Ground’s seasonal coffee that supports happy, healthy, strong kids in Traverse City HERE.

Email us at hello@elgruponorte.org with questions.

Bikes + Adventure + Traverse City = Best Summer Camp Ever

Make your summer bike-tastic! The Bike Más Project, our adventure-based summer camp for awesome kids going into the 3rd – 6th grades, is back in 2017!

 The Bke Mas Project teaches urban bike safety skills through empowerment, education, and adventure. Much adventure!

The Bike Más Project camp goers will:

  • Explore Traverse City on your bike and discover its awesome places
  • Learn how to bike safe and bike smart
  • Develop bike repair and maintenance skills
  • Become a bike handling ninja
  • Build confidence. Get fit. Have FUN!

Dates for kids going into 5th/6th grades:

June 12 – 16
July 10 – 14
August 7 – 11

Dates for kids going into 3rd/4th grades:

June 19 – 23
July 17 – 21
August 14 – 18

Time:

9:00 – noon

Camp meets at the Norte! Clubhouse at the Civic Center

Cost:

$100

All campers receive:

“We participated in this program last summer with two of our children. They both absolutely loved it. Not only did it get them out and physically active, as a biking family, the Norte! group taught them critical bicycle safety skills while instilling the love of cycling through making it incredibly fun.” – Amanda DeBruyn

Limited spots available. Sign up today!

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Many scholarships available. Apply HERE.

Learn more about last year’s summer camp HERE.

The Norte! Kids Bike Library has a couple bikes and helmets to loan out too if needed.

Email us at hello@elgruponorte.org with questions.

Higher Grounds' Coast Coffee To Benefit The Bike Más Project

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Norte! is thrilled that Higher Grounds is bringing back their delicious summer blend, Coast, to once again benefit our adventure-based empowerment program, The Bike Más Project.

A smooth medium roast with a milk chocolate, brown sugar, and white peach profile, Coast is going to be your new fave coffee. Promise.

The Bike Más Project is about teaching upper elementary students “bike smarts”, confidence and independence through pedal powered adventures around Traverse City. What started in 2014 at Traverse Heights Elementary as a Safe Routes To School funded program, The Bike Más Project has expanded to Eastern Elementary, Central Grade as well into a comprehensive week long summer camp.

We are excited about the possibility of bringing this program to every Traverse City elementary school to continue to develop the next generation of active, healthy, engaged young leaders through bike repair, education, safety and adventure.

Coast can be purchased on line HERE.

Or at local businesses including Oryana, Tom’s and Olesons.

Read more about The Bike Más Project and why its awesome HERE.

Learn more about our Traverse City-wide Safe Routes To School program HERE.

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Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.

The Bike Mas Project: Confidence, Independence and Smarts Through Adventure

imageWe just wrapped up our first ever summer camp and it was awesome. These 12 soon-to-be 5th and 6th graders came a long way this week. Biking smart. Signaling big. Getting fit. And building confidence and independence through pedal-powered adventures through Traverse City.

The numbers:

  • 42 miles pedaled
  • 24 parks visited
  • 2 bike fix clinics (Thank you, Einstein Cycles and Brick Wheels!)
  • 2 tours (Gracias, Cone Drive and Wastewater Treatment plant!)
  • Mucho snacks

We’ll be back next summer!

 

 

The Bike Más Project: Inspiring Traverse City Youth Through Bicycles

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The Bike Más Project is Norte!’s experience-based after school program for upper elementary students which aims to develop the next generation of active, healthy, engaged young leaders in Traverse City through bike repair, education, safety and adventure. Much adventure!

Thanks to a Safe Routes To School grant and a successful summer fundraiser, we were able to expand to two elementary schools this fall, Eastern and Traverse Heights.

The goal of The Bike Más Project is to build bike culture by engaging students in safe, healthy and active life choices. The program again ran 5 weeks and had a different focus at each session followed by a fun two-wheeled adventure around town.

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Each week had an educational and safety component that seamlessly flowed into a fun active ride. Expectations for behavior and attitude were framed in terms of Traverse Heights Roadrunners (their school mascot) being responsible, respectful, representatives, and what that means in terms of being a part of Norte!. These qualities were talked about at each session so students could really own them.

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Prior to riding we met in the library to talk about various aspects of riding and review what had been learned the week before. For example, one week the focus was trail riding and etiquette. Everyone was given a bell and mounted it on their bike. We discussed staying to the right and alerting slower trail users when passing, moving to the left and giving a friendly ding or “hello”.

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The need to ride safe was also stressed at each session, and framed in terms of being responsible for yourself and all those around you. We learned about proper helmet fit and use, and took the pledge to wear our helmets every time we ride.

Students learned about the importance of safe riding practices as the first line of defense against crashes. We talked about where to be positioned on the road, how to signal and the importance of communicating to those around you. We practiced riding a straight line and being predictable as an important way to avoid crashes.

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We learned that bikes have rights and responsibilities as vehicles on the road, and have to follow the same laws as cars. We practiced these concepts and skills by way of fun adventures to nearby parks and public places. We visited:

  • Jupiter Park
  • F&M Park
  • Boardman Lake
  • The Public Library
  • East Bay Park
  • Hull Park
  • The Children’s Garden
  • The Boardman River Fish Weir
  • The Civic Center

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We also worked on bike handling skills including “power starts”, straight line riding, cornering and even a teeter-totter. We encourage students with talk about the importance of patience and dedicated practice.

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Another important aspect of the program was the opportunity to explore things right in their neighborhood or very close by, and for students to recognize their ability to be independent, as they grow older. For instance, students rode to the public Library and were able to get information on how to register for library cards. We then walked out back to visit the wonderful Children’s Garden, Hull Park and beautiful Boardman Lake.

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Another bike adventure we took was to the DNR’s Boardman River Weir in downtown TC. It was awesome. Mucho salmon!

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The 5th and final week was our end of program fiesta. We rode to F&M Park for a pizza party and bike-powered smoothies by The Daily Blend. Pinata smashing happened, of course, and we even got to hang out with World Tour Pro rider and Traverse City boy, Larry Warbasse.  Awesome, right?!?

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Each student received a “Bike Champion” certificate and was recognized for his or her unique contribution and strengths. Community partners who donated to our The Bike Mas Project + You, our summer fundraiser, joined us at the celebration, where we were able to recognize them too.

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One of Norte!’s real successes is creating a program that was embraced beyond the students engaged this fall, and that will continue on in the future.

Let’s do it again in the spring!

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.

The Bike Más Project: A Fiesta

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After 4 weeks of bike-tastic awesomeness – think pedal powered adventures to parks, the fish weir, and the library, bike repair clinics, bike handling skills practice and on street/on trail bike safety lessons – we’re excited to graduate some pretty amazing Traverse Heights and Eastern Elementary students from The Bike Más Project.

Join us for our end-of-program fiesta as we celebrate these fit, confident and oh-so-awesome Roadrunners and Stars On Bikes.

When: Wednesday, October 21st

Where: Meet after school and ride with us to F&M Park (or meet us there at 4:20)

What: Bike blender smoothies by Daily Blend, pizza, high fives, teeter-totter riding,  bicycling fixing, and probably some pinata smashing too.

Families, volunteers, teachers, principals, The Bike Más Project + You donors and community partners and the entire Norte! community are all welcome to attend.

Please RSVP HERE.

Email hello@elgruponorte.org with questions.

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.

What’s Better Than Doubling Your 10 Bucks? Yep. Tripling

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The Bike Más Project + You, our summer fundraising campaign, is crushing it. Just 2 weeks in and we’re so very close to our goal of 100 $10 backers.

As of this morning, we’re at 77.

To sweeten the pot, these 4 new Community Partners have offered to match the next 23 donations.

Add in the previous offer by these guys and your $10 will now become $30.

So donate today! Score a free high five. Have your name added to our donor page. And help us inspire more Traverse City youth through bicycles.

Or send a check payable to Norte! Youth Cycling to:

N!YC Clubhouse
841 Washington Street
Traverse City, MI, 49686

Thank you and let’s ride bikes together soon!

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.

The Bike Más Project + You

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Got $10 to support kids on bikes in Traverse City?

With the start of school and The Great Traverse City Bike Train Experiment, our Safe Routes To School funded TCAPS program, just a month away, we’re getting excited for what will be the most bike-tastic school year in TC ever.

The “Experiment” is about much, much more than just groups of kids pedaling to school. In addition to things like learn-to-wrench events and a bike/walk to bus stop initiative, The Bike Mas Project (TBMP), our after-school, experienced-based bike club, is a cornerstone of the program.

We had a great first class at Traverse Heights this spring and we’re dreaming big to grow. We believe that TBMP is scalable, sustainable and awesome. Think of a school-based empowerment program like “Girls On The Run” except with bikes (and boys, of course).

The Bike Más Project + You is a summer fundraising campaign for TBMP.

Our goal is 100 $10 donations.

In addition to the joy of supporting kids on bikes in Traverse City,  your 10’er will also:

  • Score you a High Five from one of our riders
  • Have your name added to our donor page

NORTE! Youth Cycling is Traverse City’s bike-centric, youth-focused nonprofit advocacy organization. We are dedicated to inspiring youth through bicycles while also creating a stronger, better connected and more bike-friendly Traverse City.

Your gift will allow us to continue to inspire, educate, advocate and build community through bicycles in this amazing place we call home

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

Give Online Today

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Or send a check payable to Norte! Youth Cycling to:

N!YC Clubhouse
841 Washington Street
Traverse City, MI, 49686

Thank you and let’s ride bikes together soon!

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.