Bike Valet Coming To The Traverse City Film Festival

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With generous support from our friends at Higher Grounds Trading Co., we are thrilled to provide bike valet parking at this year’s Traverse City Film Festival.

No need to deal with traffic or stress out about where to park the car. Our centrally located, TART Trail-side bike valet at the Bijou is convenient, easy, fast, secure and awesome.

Perfect not only for Bijou film goers but also a lovely “Bike & Stroll” experience for those going to The State, Opera House, The Woz at Indigo Hotel or The Open Space. It’s no more than a 5 minute walk from the bike valet to all of these TCFF venues!

Dates/Times: 7/26 – 31. Opens at 8a. Closes at 11p.

Location: At the amazing Bijou by the Bay on the TART Trail in beautiful Clinch Park.

How It Works:

1. Ride your bike down to the Bijou.
2. Give us your bike and we’ll give you one of our snazzy Pokemon turned valet stub. Put the Pokemon in your pocket. Don’t lose it.
3. Stroll to your film venue. We’ll watch your bike. So have fun. Don’t worry.
4. Return to the valet. Give us your Pokemon. Get your bike back.
5. Pedal on down to Higher Grounds in the Village for a free daily brew. Did you know Coast, HG’s seasonal summer blend which benefits Norte!, is the official coffee of the TCFF? Awesome, right?
6. Share your bike-y Traverse City Film Festival adventures with #BikeTCFF

We’re looking for some awesome people to help volunteer at the valet. Sign up for a short but sweet and super fun shift HERE.

Bike Happy. Bike Mas. Bike TCFF.

A Downtown TC Art Bike Redo

 

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While a steady, all afternoon rain is wonderful for the garden it’s not so great for an Art Bike but no biggie. We’re calling a redo for this Sunday.

In partnership with the Downtown District Association, TBA Credit Union and The Little Fleet, we are very very excited to host Traverse City’s first ever Art Bike.

Like the famous Downtown Art Walk except on bikes, of course.

Meet your Norte! guide at the American Legion Park (Cass & Washington) this Sunday, July 24th at 4pm for a short but sweet and awfully slow tour of the 12 Detroit Institute of Arts’ reproductions. We will ride bikes downtown . We will appreciate some very cool public art. We will celebrate  a well-biked tour at The Little Fleet afterwards.

All ages FUN! You should probably come.

There is even an opportunity to win a #downtowntc gift certificate, TBA Credit Union gift basket and very cool hand painted bike sign just for joining us!

Map of the Art Bike route HERE.

Learn more about Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside/Out program HERE.

More TC Art Bike info HERE.

Email hello@elgruponorte.org with questions.

Eat Local. Bike Local: The Sara Hardy Farmers Market Bike Valet Is Back

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Norte! is stoked to be back for a third season at the amazing Sara Hardy Farmers Market. Our bike valet keeps pedaling Saturday market goers awesome by providing free rock star parking.

No need to stress about where to park the car. Our Bike Valet is convenient, easy and fast. And again, FREE.

Here’s How It Works:

1. Ride your bike down Union and meet us in our usual spot on the west side of the market.

2. Give us your bike and we’ll give you one of our snazzy Pokemon turned valet stub. Put the Pokemon in your pocket. Don’t lose it.

3. Go shop the market. Buy some yummy, local, healthy food. We’ll watch your bike. Don’t worry.

4. Return to the valet. Give us your Pokemon and get your bike back. Stow your fruits/veggies/flowers in your panniers, trailer, bike basket, trailer, backpack or whatever.

5. Pedal home and give yourself a pat on the back for going by bike and helping Traverse City be a little bit more awesome.

HUGE thank you Traverse City’s Downtown District Association and Tamarack Holdings for sponsoring our  2016 bike valet!

Learn more about Tamarack Holdings, a passionate group of professionals leading a family of businesses who are successfully reimagining the food and beverage business one bite at a time, HERE.

Learn more about Traverse City’s DDA and all their awesomeness (there’s a lot of awesome, folks!) HERE.

Email us with questions at hello@elgruponorte.org

Eat local. Bike local. See you Saturday morning.

Traverse City Bike Month Is Coming

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Traverse City Bike Month is a #BikeTVC celebration of people on bicycles.

In collaboration with many other bicycle-friendly organizations and businesses, Norte! will be celebrating National Bike Month in a big, big way this year.

We will ride bikes. A lot. We will also build awareness for the growing presence of people on bicycles here in TC and have tons of FUN doing it. Mucho FUN, actually!

The TC Bike Month Calendar

May Day Ride + Kick off party @ The Filling Station (5/1)

#BikeTVC Strava Doodle Art Contest starts (5/2)

Bike Night @ the Bijou (5/3)

TC Bikes To School Day (5/4)

Estrellas @ March For Babies (5/7)

Bike The Downtown Farmers Market (5/7)

Mud, Sweat & Beers Race @ Mt. Holiday (5/7)

Mom’s Day MTB Shred @ Vasa Singletrack (5/8)

Lids On Kids @ F&M Park (5/14)

Shop Your Local Bike Shop Day (5/14)

Community Bike Fix @ Recycle-A-Bicycle (5/14)

TC Safe Routes To School Champion Awards nominations open (5/16)

Envision 8th Street: Bike to public input events (5/16, 5/18, 5/20)

Ride of Silence with Cherry Capital Cycling Club (5/18)

#BikeBLT: Bike to Boardman Lake Trail open house @ Hagerty Center (5/19)

Kids vs Adults: A National Bike To Work Day/Bike To School Friday Smack Down (5/20)

Bike Your Co-op: Pedal to Earth Day North @ Oryana (5/21)

A Muy Fabuloso “Bike To Bus To Asparagus Festival” Adventure (5/21)

#BikesBikesBikes at Groundwork Center’s Get Local Party @ The Little Fleet (5/21)

Spring Pumpkin Pedal @ Jolly Pumpkin (5/22)

Bike The NMC BBQ (5/22)

TC Rides: A slow, chit chatty community ride  (5/25)

Zeke Goodwin Memorial Ride and Scholarship fundraiser @ Eastern Elementary (5/27)

Bike Happy, TC: A Pop-up Ding, Wave and High Five Shindig (5/29)

Stay up to date and don’t miss out on any of the FUN! by subscribing to our events HERE.

Eastern Elementary Walks, Bikes, and Rolls To Washington, DC: A Safe Routes To School Adventure

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Stars on bikes, foot and wheels unite.

We’re going on an adventure, Eastern Stars. An adventure to Washington, DC.

This ain’t no regular family road trip though. This is a very, very imaginary car-free trip that promises to be awesome. No car? Nope. We’re going to walk, bike and roll to our nation’s Capital together. Crazy? Maybe. But Eastern dreams big and we’re jonesin’ for an adventure.

It’s a long, long way to to DC. 874 miles via US Bicycle Route 50, actually. No biggie. With the power of walking, biking, and rolling together to school, anything is possible. We can do this, Stars.

Here’s How It Works:

  1. Starting April 4th, walk, bike and roll to school. Every day. Well, as much as you can anyway. Every Fridays Fantástico, for sure.
  1. Measure how far your walk/bike/roll trip is to school. Your walk/bike/roll trip from home to school counts, of course, but so does:
  • walking/biking/rolling to your neighborhood bus stop.
  1. At the end of EVERY week, report how many times you walked/biked/rolled to school. Report here:

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We will track our progress on a map at, send weekly updates on our whereabouts and celebrate milestones as we move down US Bicycle Route 50.  Hopefully by the end of the school year, we’ll have made it to the White House, Capitol Building and the Washington Monument.

We need to average 17 miles/day. We need everyone to participate! Teachers, staff and Principal Biz too. Let’s do this, Eastern Stars.

Eastern’s Drive2Walk Locations

Distance from Drive2Walk 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

Email questions to hello@elgruponorte.org

Norte! is dreaming big to make walking/biking/rolling to Eastern the new normal but we need mucho quality big people to make it happen. Helping kids actively get to school is both easier and awesome’er than you think. Sign up to volunteer here: http://goo.gl/forms/fgHT1dH8Vg

 

 

Free Bike Valet Parking @ Sara Hardy Farmers Market

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Norte! Youth Cycling is excited to provide free Bike Valet Parking to our amazing Sara Hardy Farmers Market. Our valet allows Saturday market goers who come by bike to park like rock stars. For free.

No need to stress about where to park the car. Our Bike Valet is convenient, easy and fast. And again, Free.

Here’s How It Works:

1. Ride your bike down Union and meet us on the west side of the market.

2. Give us your bike and we’ll give you one of our snazzy Pokemon turned valet stub. Put the Pokemon in your pocket. Don’t lose it.

3. Go shop the market. Buy some yummy, local, healthy food while we park your bike and watch over it.

4. Return to the valet. Give us your Pokemon and get your bike back. Stow your fruits/veggies/flowers in your panniers, trailer, bike basket, trailer or whatever.

5. Pedal home and give yourself a pat on the back for going by bike and helping Traverse City be a little bit more awesome.

Nos vemos el Sábado!

TC RIDES : Pedal Through The Times

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TC RIDES will visit The History Center of Traverse City for their “Pedal Through Times” Open House this Wednesday, May 28.

Regular TC RIDES start/route/finish with a quick detour to the History Center in the middle. We’ll check out their new exhibit and “hear stories & see bicycles and other objects as we explore the history of cycling in the Grand Traverse Region.”

Free. Maybe some snacks too.

More info on the exhibit here: http://traversehistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/bike-flyer.pdf

Bring your happy face. And your bell.

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