Eastern Elementary


Young Stars 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 Traverse City.

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 Safe Routes To School programs across the Traverse City area as well as in Northport and Elk Rapids. 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 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 to Bus locations:


Bike Trains:

The Eastern Express

The Eastern Express connects Oak Park neighborhood to Eastern.

The Express departs from its station in the alley behind Mrs. Buccholz’s home on Washington Street.

Please email Emily Buchholz, the Express’ chief conductor, at eebuchholz@charter.net if you’re planning on riding The Express.

The Eastern Flyer

The Flyer connects the Orchard Heights neighborhood to Eastern.

The Flyer departs from its Station at Clancy Park at 8:35. It enjoys a lovely ride down East Orchard Drive to Eastwood to Eastern Elementary. That’s a lot of “easts”!

Please email Rebecca Sketch, the Flyer’s chief Conductor, at sketch.rebecca@gmail.com if you’re planning on riding the train.

The Eastern Star Line

The Eastern Star Line connects the East Shore neighborhood at the base of Old Mission Peninsula to Eastern Elementary.

The Star Line departs from its Station at Jason Plum’s house at 6177 East Shore Road at 8:35.

The Star Line is a perfect “drive2bike” train for those students on Old Mission who don’t live within biking distance. Parents are welcome to avoid the pickup/drop off line by throwing a bike in the car and dropping them off at the station.

Please email Jason Plum, the Star Line’s chief Conductor, at plumster@gmail.com if you’re planning on riding The Star Line.

Eastern Special

The Eastern Special connects the Indian Woods neighborhood to Eastern Elementary.

The Special departs from its Station at East Bay park at 8:35.

The Special is a perfect “drive2bike” train for those students on the east side who don’t live within biking distance. Parents are welcome to avoid the pickup/drop off line by throwing a bike in the car and dropping them off at the Station.

The Special currently does not have a conductor. If you’d like to help email us at hello@elgruponorte.org

Park & Stroll:

Distance from Park & Stroll locations to Eastern:

  • Clancy Park – 0.4 miles
  • TC Central – 0.2 miles
  • East Bay Park – 0.8 miles
  • TC Water Treatment Plant – 0.4 miles
  • Indian Woods – 0.7 miles
  • NMC – 0.4 miles
  • Highland Park – 0.3 miles
  • Civic Center – 1 mile

Passionate about kids getting themselves to Eastern? 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?