Traverse City Bikes To School Day


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

Traverse City Bikes To School Day is back.  TCB2SD is a community-wide, multi-school celebration of National Bike To School Day. It’s going to happen on Wednesday, May 4th and it could quite possibly be the most awesome day of kids on bikes in TC history. We say that every year but we really mean it this time 😉

Remember last year? Check out this infographic from 2015’s TCB2SD:

tc-bikes-to-school-day-week-infographic 2015

In addition to inspiring and empowering more elementary students to actively transport themselves to class via bicycle than ever before, we will also crown The Most Bike-tastic Traverse City School with a little friendly competition. Eastern won last year? Can the Stars defend their title?

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

Here’s How It Works:

1. Commit to ride your bike to school on Wednesday, May 4th and then sign up HERE. Once you commit, you’re promising to bike on the big day. Pinky swear.

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, you have to sign up HERE to 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 4th, 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.

Do you live too far from school to bike? Maybe you don’t have a safe route to school? No worries, you can still participate.

** 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 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. Your school needs YOU!


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.

We currently have 18 Bike Trains registered connecting 12 different Traverse City (and Suttons Bay!) neighborhoods to 9 different Traverse City elementary and middle schools:

The Eastern Star Express
The Eastern High-lander
The Eastern Special
The Eastern Star Line
The Eastern Flyer
The Central Grade Zephyr
The Central Grade Coastal Classic
The Central Grade Limited
The TCAPS Montessori Trolley
The TCAPS Montessori Meteor
The TCAPS Montessori Bay Express
The TCAPS Montessori Morning Star
The Traverse Heights Golden Arrow
The Trinity Lutheran S-Bahn
The West Middle Empire Builder
The Westwoods Rebel
The Willow Hill Comet
Suttons Bay/Leelanau Montessori Water Wheel Express

Want to volunteer with Norte! and help make TC Bike To School Day a success. We have lots of fun (not boring!) jobs. You can be a Bike Train conductor or help the kids cross at busy intersections or hand out snacks/stickers/high fives at school. Sign-up HERE. Gracias.

Schools are encouraged to celebrate with us by hosting a small event the morning of the big day. Anything goes, really. Healthy snacks or stickers or High Fives or a dance party or a scavenger hunt with inflatable penguins. Whatev.

Questions can be sent to

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike To School in TC.