More Girls On Bikes

 

Ever since we started six years ago, there has been a significant gender gap in our youth bike programs. This fact isn’t surprising as programs across the nation see the same issue, but it is a fact we want to change. 

From elementary students in our summer camp to middle schoolers on our mountain bike team to high schoolers leading the way in el Liderato, boys outnumber girls five to one. Let’s change that.

Because girls on bikes are healthy, independent, confident girls, and girls on bikes are strong girls. Do you know what strong girls do? They change the world.

All of our programs operate from a foundation of access-for-all and inclusivity, but we also are committed to offering special programs for young women. Here are just a few. 

  • Take a Mom Mountain Biking (May 9, 2021)
  • More Girls on Bikes TC Rides Takeover (TBA)
  • Girls Only Bike Fix (TBA)
  • Take a Girl Mountain Biking Day (October 17, 2021)

We need more girls in our bike programs too!

Youth Mountain Bike Practice • The Solution • Liderato/Youth Leadership CouncilBalance Bike MeetUps • Sunday Trail Rides •  Adventure Bike ClubGrand Traverse Summer Bike Camp • Explore Academy

FOUR WAYS TO GET MORE GIRLS ON BIKES

#1 ENCOURAGE GIRLS TO GET INVOLVED

Know an awesome girl? Maybe it’s your daughter, granddaughter, niece, or neighbor girl down the street. Give her a nudge to get involved with Norte. We have lots of cool happenings for all ages in addition to the above happenings; our summer camp, after-school mountain bike program, and the Estrellas. Plus we have some sweet bikes to borrow and a bunch of scholarships to our programs. Learn more about what we do by getting involved here:

#2 VOLUNTEER WITH THE GIRLS

From helping with the girls-only events to riding mountain bikes with the girls on Sundays to helping out with The Bike Más Project, we have lots of FUN! – never boring – volunteer opportunities. We NEED more awesome women to get involved. Learn more HERE.

#3 BECOME A GIRLS CLUBHOUSE MENTOR

Are you an awesome woman with decent bike repair and maintenance skills and enjoy sharing that knowledge with young women? We need you!

Our kind, energetic and generous mentors are the heart and soul of the Traverse City Community Bicycle Shop at the Norte Clubhouse. Mentors not only answer questions and provide guidance for Clubhouse members during Open Shop hours but also teach basic bike repair and maintenance to our young apprentices as part of our Liderato program.

Mentors “work” 1-2 hour shifts and are repaid with heaps and heaps of praise and high-fives. Usually some snacks, too. Apply HERE.

#4 JOIN NORTE’S GIRLS ON BIKES COMMITTEE

Passionate about girls on bikes have some time on your hands, and ready to lead? Join our More Girls on Bikes committee and help Norte get more–lots more–girls involved. Committee members meet quarterly for one hour to plan, organize and evaluate events and programs.

Questions? Get at us.