Willow Hill

Young Falcons 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.

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 Más 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 Willow Hill Comet is a walk/bike/roll train connecting Slab Town neighborhood to school for Fridays Fantasticos. The Comet departs from its Station at Darrow Park at 8:20. The Comet runs a short but sweet route down Monroe Street and then up Hill Street. It’s a lovely 1/4 mile cruise.

Park & Stroll:

For those families who live too far away. Drive. Park. Walk 5 minutes to school with your child. Because a 5 minute walk is better than a 0 minute walk plus it’s a great distraction-free time to connect and chat not to mention less traffic congestion around the school as well as decreased air pollution from idling cars in line – just make sure not park in the no parking zones on Wayne Street near Madison.

Other connections:

Coming from Kids Creek neighborhood? Make sure to use the crosswalk at Elmwood and Front Street as it has a pedestrian activated flasher.


Passionate about kids getting themselves to Willow Hill? 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?