Norte Programs

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RIDE BIKES

Youth Mountain Bike Team (Spring 2021 registration opens 1/6/21): Norte’s after school mountain bike program is for students third grade through high school. This program is held in the spring and fall.

The After School Bike Club (Bike Más): This after school adventure club teaches bike safety for third through seventh grades, with a particular focus on safe street riding. Over 22 area schools now participate.

EstrellasNorte’s year-round learn-to-ride program for preschoolers using balance bikes. Currently on hold due to COVID-19. During the school year, we bring it to the students and in the summer we meet up at the Clubhouse.

Traverse City Summer Bike Camp (2021 registration open 1/13/21): When summer hits, we hit the streets and trails with our week-long, half-day bike adventures.  This bike-tastic summer camp is for first through eighth grade students in June, July, and August.

Bikes for All (formerly Amigos): Norte is for happy, healthy, ready to learn kids no matter their ability, and believes that every child deserves an opportunity to experience the joy of riding a bicycle. Bikes for All is both an in-school and weekly summertime meetup program for kids with special needs. In-school and group meet-ups are currently on hold due to COVID-19, but we are still happy to work on an individual basis in Learn to Ride lessons.


BORROW BIKES

Grand Traverse Kids Bike Library: Making sure awesome kids have an awesome bike to ride no matter their family’s resources. This is a dynamic program with new opportunities all the time. Branches in Elk Rapids and Traverse City.

  • We currently have 12″, 16″, 20″ and 24″ sized frames in the library.
  • This program isn’t possible without your generous support. Read more about how you can contribute to keep this program rolling.

FIX BIKES

The Solution: Norte Solution is a series of bike mechanics classes for the young and young at heart. Solution programs ultimately help students of all ages ride with more confidence, ride further, and to embrace a happy, healthy lifestyle. Currently on hold due to COVID-19, but hoping to come back soon!

The Clubhouse and Community Bike Shop:  Norte’s Clubhouse serves as Grand Traverse’s community bike shop where we share our tools, benches, bikes, and knowledge with each other. For free. The Clubhouse strengthens community and advances our mission of building a stronger, better connected, and more bicycle friendly region.


NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCACY

Advocate Academy: The Academy is a program for adults that provides an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of how decisions shaping your community are made and how to impact them positively.

Explore Academy: Explore is an advocacy course for teens, our future leaders, budding city planners, and engaged citizens who make positive change in their communities.

Neighborhood Advocacy: focuses on fixing the streets. We offer on-going, feet- on- the- street training for people interested in working towards communities designed for more walking, more biking, more connection.


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Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Active, Responsibly.  We’ll get through this together.

We encourage everyone to follow the State’s COVID19 Website and Grand Traverse County COVID19 for continued updates to all CDC recommendations and information. 

A special shout out to those on the front lines at Munson Healthcare – Thank you! They are in dire need of community support. Please click through to see if there’s something you can do. They need donations and medical supplies.

When you do have to leave home, please follow these preventive measures for viruses like COVID-19, influenza, and the common cold recommended by public health officials.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.
  • Replace handshakes and high-fives with a friendly wave from 6 feet away.

Visit the Michigan.gov/Coronavirus for the latest statewide updates.


Norte’s vision is happy, healthy, strong communities. Our bike programs achieve this because they empower young people to be confident, independent, and healthy. We even offer programs for grownups, so find your program from our list below.