Elk Rapids Safe Routes To School

Young Elks learning to move and be physically active as part of ordinary life – like going to school! – and then inspiring their parents, teachers, principals, neighbors to do the same is, in our opinion, a powerful means to sustainable well-living and community healthfulness in Elk Rapids.

Independent, happy, confident, ready to learn youth are empowered to be guardians of their health, develop lifelong habits to move more and sit less and be leaders in their community.

Norte administers Elk Rapids’s Safe Routes To School programs at Lakeland and Cherryland.

Our programs, projects, and events are dedicated to empowering students of all ages to be active for life.


  • The Bike Mas Project: After school, adventure-based bike safety program for upper elementary and middle school students
  • Estrellas: An in-school, learn to ride program for preschoolers using balance bikes
  • Fridays Fantásticos: A weekly celebration of students walking, biking and rolling to school.
  • The Great Bike Train Experiment: A network of adult-led bike train connecting neighborhoods to neighborhood schools or bus stops.
  • Winter Walk Wednesdays: A #StepItUp inspired celebration of people – big or small – walking to work, school or just for FUN!
  • Park & Stroll: Drive as usual but park in a designated area that’s nearby the school and then walk 5-10 minutes on a safe route with your child.
  • Bike 2 Bus: Pop-up bike racks at select neighborhood bus stops to bike, park, and bus to school.


Bike Trains:

  • River Rat Star Line
    • Train Station: Fifth Third Bank
    • Meet at 8:25, biking at 8:30.
    • Conductor: Julie Plum
  • Water Tower Express
    • Train Station: Elk Rapids Apartments
    • Meet at 7:50, biking at 7:55
    • Conductor: Stephen McDonald
  • Westside Way
    • Train Station: Corner of 2nd and Pine
    • Meet at 8:00, biking by 8:05
    • Conductor: David West
  • Market Express
    • Train Station: Village Market Back Parking lot
    • Meet at 8:30, biking by 8:35
    • Conductor: Becky Travis

Park & Stroll and Bike2Bus locations:


Where: River Walk Grill

When: Meet at 8:20, walking at 8:25

Leader: Becky Travis

How far: 1 mile

Passionate about kids getting themselves to Elk Rapids schools? Get involved!

  • Ideas on what should be done to make your school more walkable/bikeable? Spots for Park & Stroll locations? Routes for bike trains or walking buses? What safety concerns do you see around your school? How can we better encourage and empower more kids to actively get themselves to your school?
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