The Montessori Bay Express

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The Montessori Bay Express is a Norte! powered Bike Train that connects Old Town Neighborhood to TCAPS Montessori for Bike To School Fridays.

The Bay Express departs from its Station at 117 E Tenth Street at 7:55. With a nod to the lovely passenger train in New Zealand, the Bay Express enjoys a short but sweet ride through Central neighborhood TCAPS Montessori.

About a 1.5 km ride.

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The Bay Express will arrive back at its Station at 3:20.

A Norte! volunteer will lead The Bay Express both to and from school. Parents are responsible for getting their child to The Bay Express 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 Bay Express will not wait for anyone.

Bike To School Fridays rules apply:

Helmets required
Safe riding mandatory
Smiles and High Fives encouraged

Please email Elizabeth Dell, the Bay Express’s chief Conductor, elizabeth@active-pursuits.com if you’re planning on riding The Bay Express.

Learn more about our Traverse City-wide bike train network HERE or email questions to biketrains@elgruponorte.org.

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.

Trinity Lutheran S-Bahn

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The Trinity Lutheran S-Bahn is a Norte! Bike Train connecting Old Town Neighborhood to Trinity Lutheran School for Bike To School Fridays.

The S-Bahn departs from its Station at 219 East 9th Street at 7:35. With a nod to the highly efficient German train, the S-Bahn enjoys a very zig-zaggy ride through beautiful Old Town and Central neighbors to Trinity Lutheran School.

About a 2km ride.

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The S-Bahn will arrive back at its Station at 3:20.

A Norte! volunteer will lead The S-Bahn both to and from school. Parents are responsible for getting their child to The S-Bahn 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 S-Bahn will not wait for anyone.

Bike To School Fridays rules apply:

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

Please email Tammy LaFaive, the S-Bahn’s chief Conductor, at tszostakowski@sbcglobal.net if you’re planning on riding The S-Bahn.

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

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.

Central Grade Limited

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The Central Grade Limited is a Norte! Bike Train connecting the north Central Neighborhood to Central Grade School for Traverse City Bikes To School Day.

The Limited departs from its Station at the corner of Maple and 6th at 7:45. With a nod to Amtrak’s Capitol Limited, this bike train enjoys a short but sweet ride down 6th to Pine to Central Grade School.

About a 0.5 km ride.

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The Limited will arrive back at its Station at 3:15.

A Norte! volunteer will lead The Limited both to and from school. Parents are responsible for getting their child to The Limited 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 Limited will not wait for anyone.

Bike To School Fridays rules apply:

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

Please email Paul Arnold, the Limited’s chief Conductor, at jmr_pra@hotmail.com if you’re planning on riding The Limited.

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

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.

The Montessori Meteor

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The Montessori Meteor is a Norte! Bike Train that connects the north Central Neighborhood to TCAPS Montessori for Traverse City Bikes To School Day.

The Meteor departs from its Station at the corner of 7th & Maple Street at 8:00. It enjoys a lovely ride down Maple to 12th to Oak Street to TCAPS Montessori.

About a 1 km ride.

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The Meteor will arrive back at its Station at 3:30.

A Norte! volunteer will lead The Meteor both to and from school. Parents are responsible for getting their child to The Meteor 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 Meteor will not wait for anyone.

Bike To School Fridays rules apply:

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

Please email Tim Werner, the Meteor’s chief Conductor, at werner_tm@yahoo.com if you’re planning on riding The Meteor.

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

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.

The Great Traverse City Bike Train Experiment Is Coming

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We are thrilled to announce that Norte! has been selected by The Michigan Fitness Foundation and Michigan Department of Transportation to receive a $25,000 Safe Routes To School grant for the  Traverse City Area Public Schools. This grant will help fund The Great Traverse City Bike Train Experiment; a Norte! program dedicated to empowering students to actively transport themselves to school in a fun and safe environment.

In partnership with Eastern, Central Grade, Traverse Heights, TCAPS Montessori, Willow Hill and West Middle, Norte! will expand its city-wide Bike Train network to connect more Traverse City neighborhoods to more Traverse City neighborhood schools to allow more Traverse City youth to bike to school.

These adult-led groups encourage elementary and middle school students to bike together while learning how to safely operate their bicycles on neighborhood streets and urban pathways. Students will become confident cyclists, learn independence, gain self-esteem and arrive to school alert and ready to learn.

Our Bike Trains will also provide social connections to friends and neighbors, help reduce motor vehicle traffic congestion and air polluting emissions near schools and build a stronger, better connected Traverse City.

This Safe Routes To School grant will also help fund a collaboration with East Middle and Cherry Knoll to support their at-school bicycle related activities including bike repair education and bike handling skills training.

While The Great Traverse City Bike Train Experiment does not officially launch until fall, Norte! has a lot happening this spring:

  • The Bike Más Project, our experienced-based after school program, will be at Traverse Heights Elementary and aims to develop the next generation of active, healthy, engaged young leaders in Traverse City through bike repair, education, safety and adventure.
  • The inaugural Traverse City Bikes To School Day is a community-wide, multi-school celebration of National Bike To School Day on Wednesday, May 6th. Stay tuned for details on what could quite possibly be the most awesome day of kids on bikes in Traverse City history.
  • We’re teaming up with Remember To Love and the Cherry Capital Cycling Club to host the 2nd annual Traverse City Bike Rodeo. It’s on Saturday, May 16th at Central High School. A free day of fun, bike skills and education for all elementary aged youth.

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.

Principals On Bikes: Mrs. Gallagher Rides To Central Grade For Winter Bike To School Day

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On a cold (5F…that’s -15C, folks!) but calm February morning,  Mrs. Gallagher, principal at Central Grade Elementary, rode her bike to school. This past Friday was Winter Bike To Work And School Day and Mrs. Gallagher celebrated in style. She was joined by Assistant Principal Quinn, a student (next year we’ll have more…way more!), a dad and 4 N!YC volunteers. They enjoyed a lovely ride on The Central Grade Zephyr Bike Train Route from Oak Park neighborhood through Boardman neighborhood to school. Mrs. Gallagher dressed smart, stayed warm, and had FUN! Really 😉

The Zephyr route:

Mrs. Gallagher was the third principal (joining Eastern’s Mrs. Ruskowski and Traverse Heights’ Mrs. Six-King) to take part in our Principals On Bikes Initiative which invites all TCAPS neighborhood elementary school principals to ride to school with their students on one of our Traverse City-wide Bike Trains.

Which school will ride with their principal next? We’re looking at you Willow Hill and Glenn Loomis 😉

Norte! can help organize and provide quality volunteers to make sure everyone has a good time.

Email us at hello@elgruponorte.org for more information.

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.

Cutest Kids-On-Winter-Bikes Photos Ever

Winter Bike To Work And School Day was yesterday. And it was awesome. Full recap coming soon (spoiler alert…Traverse City crushed it!) but we wanted to post these great photos by the always-winter-embracing, Beth Price, of the Montessori Trolley Bike Train as they rolled to Glenn Loomis Elementary.

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A NORTE! Story: Ben Learns To Ride His Bike

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NORTE! has inspired us all.
by Emily and Drew Buchholz (Ben’s mom and dad)

Over the course of the summer our six year old son, Ben, not only learned to ride a two wheel bike, but he built up his endurance and was able to participate in the five mile community rides, bike to school most days, and even ride at the skate park and the dirt track behind Eastern Elementary. The amount of confidence he gained on his bike in a very short time has been amazing. NORTE! and the community behind it has not only inspired Ben to ride his bike, but has also been an inspiration to our family. We now frequently choose biking over driving and are able to enjoy this beautiful city more often.

Thank you, NORTE!

**UPDATE**

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We couldn’t be prouder of Ben. Johanna and I used to watch him pedal down Washington Street to pre-school on his training wheels. Flash forward a year and he’s now a confident, smart and strong cyclist keeping up with the big kids on TC RIDES and the Eastern Elementary Express Bike Train. Ride on, Ben, ride on!

~ Ty

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A NORTE! Story is a blog series highlighting N!YC riders/volunteers/supporters in our first year of inspiring Traverse City youth through bicycles. If you like Ben’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year KIDS ON BIKES + YOU campaign. Levels and awards can be found HERE.

Gracias.

And let’s ride bikes together soon.

The Orange Helmet Project

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We love, love, love Orange here at Norte!. We love it so much that we made it our official color. Orange is of saffron, carrots, pumpkins, apricots, the Dutch and now, Norte! bike helmets, too.

The Orange Helmet Project (OHP) is a brand new initiative to promote more visibility for our Traverse City-wide Bike Trains (just try not to spot our oh-so-orange group as we pedal to school). It also hopes to create awareness for Norte! and who we are/what we do.

The OHP isn’t just for kids, we encourage cyclists of all ages to rock the orange helmet and support our mission of inspiring Traverse City youth through bicycles and advocating for a more bike-friendly TC.

Like they say, “Orange is the new black”.

There are many cool orange helmets on the market but if your current helmet is in good shape, follow these simple DIY steps and you can show your support for Norte!.

1. Ride your bike down to your neighborhood hardware store and buy some orange spray paint. This fluorescent stuff works great:

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2. Tape off your helmet’s styrofoam if it has any.

3. Push your compost pitchfork into the ground and hang your helmet from its handle.

4. Apply the paint in a nice even coat. Repeat x 3-4 coats. (added bonus: your compost pitchfork will now have a nice orange handle so you won’t lose it/step on it after turning the pile).

5. Put your helmet on and ride your bike!

Post photos of you and your helmet to our Facebook page or to Instagram/Twitter with #OrangeHelmetProject

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC. Bike Orange.

The Willow Hill Comet

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The Willow Hill Comet is a Norte walk/bike/roll train connecting Slab Town neighborhood to Willow Hill Elementary for Fridays Fantastico.

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 500m ride.

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The Comet will return to its Station after school at 4:10.

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

Our trains pride themselves on being punctual. We won’t be late for school, therefore, The Comet cannot wait for anyone.

Fridays Fantastico rules apply:

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

The Comet is currently looking for a conductor.

Learn more about our Traverse City area Safe Routes To School programs HERE

Email questions to hello@elgruponorte.org

NORTE! Bike Trains

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NORTE! Youth Cycling’s Bike to School Fridays have been a blast. In the hopes of getting more kids riding, we’re organizing a network of Bike Trains to connect all of Traverse City’s neighborhoods to all of our neighborhood elementary schools. These Bike Trains allow kids to bike to school together in a FUN and safe environment.

Currently, we have five Bike Trains:

The Eastern Elementary Express
The Montessori Trolley
The Central Grade Zephyr
The Montessori Morning Star
The Central Grade Coastal Classic

A NORTE! volunteer will lead the trains both to and from school. Parents are responsible for getting their child to the Station on time as well as picking them up after school.

Our trains pride themselves on being punctual. We won’t be late for school therefore we can’t wait for anyone. See the specific train’s schedule for departure and arrival times.

N!YC is looking to collaborate with awesome moms/dads/volunteers to build a network of grassroots, informal neighborhood bike trains in TC. Do you already bike to school with your kids? Would you be willing to invite a few friends/classmates? That’s all it takes. We’re happy to help organize and spread the word.

Bike To School Fridays rules apply:

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

Please email us at norteyouthcycling@gmail.com to get involved or to start riding our trains.

The Central Grade Zephyr

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The Central Grade Zephyr is a Norte! Bike Train which connects the Oak Park neighborhood to Central Grade School.

The Zephyr leaves its station at F&M park at 7:35.

The Zephyr rolls down Washington Street on the Cross-Town TART Bike Route to Cass to 7th to school.

Roughly a 2km ride.

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The Zephyr will return to F&M park at 3:30.

A N!YC volunteer will lead the Zephyr both to and from school. Parents are responsible for getting their child to F&M park on time as well as picking them up there after school.

Our trains pride themselves on being punctual. We won’t be late for school therefore the Zephyr can not wait for anyone.

Bike To School Fridays rules apply:

Helmets required
Safe riding mandatory
Smiles and High Fives encouraged

See Central Grade’s complete network of bike trains HERE.

Learn more about The Great Traverse City Bike Train Experiment, our Safe Routes To School program HERE.