Traverse City to attempt new Bike To School Day record

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One small ride for your school, one giant ride for your City.

Next Wednesday, May 10th, just might be the most awesome day of kids on bikes in TC history. Traverse City Bikes To School Day is a community-wide, multi-school celebration of National Bike To School Day and we’re ALL in.

In addition to inspiring and empowering more elementary and middle school students to actively transport themselves to class via bicycle than ever before (the previous City-wide record is 635), we will also crown The Most Bike-tastic Traverse City School with a little friendly competition.

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Eastern won last year? Can the Stars defend their title (biking to bus to Bertha Vos totally counts)?

Plus we’ll have all sorts of crazy FUN! Prizes and high fives, too, of course.

1. Commit to ride your bike to school on Wednesday, May 10th. Once you commit, you’re promising to bike on the big day. Pinky swear.

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2. Tell your friends, teacher, principal and lunch lady about Traverse City Bikes To School Day and have them commit, too. Yay, lunch ladies on bikes!

3. Don’t forget, to commit and help your school win The Most Bike-tastic Traverse City School award. This is a big deal and we’re taking it very, very seriously. We’re going to use some math, actually.

# of pedaling students and staff ÷
# of total students and staff at school
x 100 =
Your School’s Bike-tastic-ness number

Highest Bike-tastic-ness number wins bragging rights for the entire year and probably a sweet trophy to show off, too.

4. On Wednesday, May 10th, hop on your bike and pedal to school with some friends or join one of our many Bike Trains and pedal with A LOT of friends.

So simple. So awesome.

** If you take the bus to school, ride your bike to the bus stop. That totally counts. We’ll have a limited number of our pop-up neighborhood bike racks set up at popular bus stops. If you can talk some buddies into biking-to-bus with you, let us know HERE and we’ll pedal one over.

** Does your mom or dad normally drive you to school? Ask them nicely to leave a little earlier on TC Bikes To School Day and drop you off a mile or so from school. Then ask them to join you so that both of you can pedal to school together. That’ll be fun. Not sure where you should park to have a safe route to school? Email us at hello@elgruponorte.org and we’ll help give you some ideas

** We’re also encouraging outlying schools to participate. Talk to your teacher or principal about hosting a bike “at school” event. Maybe a recess ride with your classmates? Maybe some skills practice at lunch time?

Just don’t forget to commit. If you don’t commit, you don’t get counted.

Your school needs YOU!

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Are you an awesome mom, dad, neighbor who’s already biking to school with your child/fave neighborhood kid? Maybe none of our bike trains are convenient? Start your own train. Invite a friend, classmate, neighborhood kid to join you and BAM! you have yourself a bike train. Please register your new bike train HERE because more bike trains = more better.

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2017 TC Bikes TO School Day Train Schedule

East Middle “train”:
  • Clubhouse: Meet at 6:40, biking at 6:50. Train Conductor: Tim Werner. (TART to 4 mile to EMS. Lights required.)
Glenn Loomis’ “trains”:
  • In the alley between 5th and 6th Street behind Mrs. Walter’s: Meet at 7:40, biking at 7:50. Train Conductor: Ashlea Walter.
  • Oryana: Meet at 7:35, biking at 7:45. Train Conductor: Yarro Ireland.
Traverse Heights’ “trains”:
  • Arbutus Court Park (map HERE) : Meet at 8:00, biking at 8:10. Train Conductor: Stephanie and Josh Wilson.
  • Jupiter Park: Boyd at Rose Street: Meet at 8:00, biking at 8:10. Train Conductor: Christine Hill
Central Grade‘s “trains”:
  • Thirlby Stadium: 13th and Pine: Meet at 7:30, biking at 7:40. Train Conductor: Jodi Jocks.
  • Oryana: Meet at 7:30, biking at 7:40. Train Conductor: Laura Otwell
  • F&M Park: Meet at 7:30, biking at 7:40. Train Conductor: Carrie Smith

Westwoods “trains”:

  • Principal Tiesworth’s house – 1122 Fisher Road. Meet at 8:15, biking at 8:25. Train conductor: TBD
Willow Hill’s “train”:
  •  Darrow Park: Meet at 8:15, biking at 8:20. Train Conductor: Principal Sides-Mackay.

Thank you, TC Bikes To School Day Sponsors!

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Thank you, Community Partners!

The Traverse City Police Department will also be biking to school with us. Word on the street is that Chief O’Brien and Captain Gillis will be there, too. How awesome is that?

We are looking for extra volunteers to help keep the kids safe, count bikes at school and hand out highfives. Please sign up HERE.

Email questions to hello@elgruponorte.org.

Infographic: Traverse City Bikes To School Day 2015

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Photos: Traverse City Bikes To School Day 2015

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May 6th, 2015 was a big, big day in Traverse City. We’re still crunching the final numbers but it’s obvious from all the bikes across town yesterday that we crushed Traverse City Bikes To School Day.

Thanks to those who took part by riding (north of 600!), volunteering, organizing, leading bike trains (13!) and helping at the 19 (!) schools. We couldn’t have done it without you so thank you.

If you have more photos, please send them to hello@elgruponorte.org. We’d love to see them as we never tire of smile-y kids (and big people)-on-bikes photos. Gracias.

Traverse City Bikes To School Day: The Week 3 Numbers

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Traverse City Bikes To School Day is just 1 week away!

The Highlights from the past 7 days:

  • We have a race, folks! Eastern, Central Grade and TCAPS Montessori are all within 3 riders of each other
  • West Middle is in with The Empire Builder
  • Trinity Lutheran counters with The S-Bahn
  • Greensprites On Bikes!
  • How about those kindergarteners? The future is bright
  • 15 Bike Trains will now be connecting 10 different Traverse City neighborhoods to 9 different Traverse City elementary and middle schools

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A Traverse City Bikes To School Day Update: The Week 2 Numbers

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Two weeks to go and Traverse City Bikes To School Day is officially a thing!

The Highlights from Week 2:

  • Eastern Elementary is still leading but Central Grade has closed the gap
  • 2 City Commissioners will be joining our Bike Trains
  • 3 principals are riding
  • The Director of Safe Routes to School/Michigan Fitness Foundation is coming up from Lansing to ride
  • 3rd Graders like to ride bikes
  • 13 Bike Trains will be connecting 9 neighborhoods to 10 schools

If you’re not already committed for TC Bikes To School Day, you should be —> http://goo.gl/forms/cdUM3J4o2R

TC Bikes To School Day- Week 2

The Eastern Elementary Flyer

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The Eastern Elementary Flyer is a Norte! Bike Train connecting the Orchard Heights Neighborhood to Eastern Elementary for Traverse City Bikes To School Day and Bike To School Fridays.

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”!

About a 1 km ride.

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The Flyer 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 Clancy Park.

The Flyer will arrive back at its Station after school  at 4:20.

A Norte! volunteer will lead The Flyer both to and from school. Parents are responsible for getting their child to The Flyer Station on time as well as picking them up there after school.

Our trains pride themselves on being punctual. We can’t be late for school therefore The Flyer will not wait for anyone.

Bike To School Fridays rules apply:

Helmets required.
Safe riding mandatory.
Smiles and High Fives encouraged.

Please email Mary, the Flyer’s chief Conductor, at superiorcoaching.mantei@gmail.com if you’re planning on riding The Flyer.

Email questions regarding our community-wide bike train network to biketrains@elgruponorte.org.

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.