Norte is for happy, healthy, ready to learn kids in Northern Michigan no matter their age. We are also huge fans of balance bikes and believe that there is no better way to teach children how to ride.
Estrellas, our learn-to-ride program for preschoolers using balance bikes, started in 2016 and, thanks to Cherry Capital Cycling Club and Priority Health, is growing.
The Estrellas is both an in-school 4-week program for preschoolers during the fall/winter/spring at 18 area schools and a twice-weekly summertime meet-up community event at the Clubhouse.
Learn To Ride in School
In addition to our other Safe Routes To School programs, The Great Northern Michigan Bike Train Experiment, The Bike Mas Project and Fridays Fantastico, the Estrellas is another wonderful opportunity to build a healthy, move-more culture at school and encourage students to be active, happy, and ready-to-learn.
A great big huge THANK YOU to McClain’s Cycles for so many balance bikes.
We’re dreaming big to bring the Estrellas to even more area schools, but need help. We are looking for helmet fitters, high-five givers, technique teachers, and cheerleaders to assist our instructors. Sign up HERE!
In 2019, the Estrellas meet-ups will continue at our Clubhouse in the Civic Center EVERY Monday night from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Friday morning from 10:00 am to 11:00 am this summer starting the 3rd week of June.
Please bring your own balance bike and helmet if you have one. We’ll have several balance bikes for kids to try too. BYO-picnic is encouraged as eating in La Plaza, the grassy area next to the Clubhouse, afterward is lovely.
Want to help make the Estrellas awesome and run a meet-up or two? We’re looking for a couple volunteers to get involved and assist with set up/tear down of the balance bike course. It’s both FUN! and easy 😉 Promise. Email Ben to get involved email@example.com.
If you have a balance bike collecting dust, please consider donating it (tax exempt, of course) to Norte. We’ll put it to good use, promise.
You can also make financial contributions, of course.
$25 = one new tiny helmet
$100 = one new balance bike