What We Do


Norte is Northern Michigan’s youth-focused, active transportation-centered, neighborhood-based 501c3 advocacy organization.

Our mission is to help build stronger, better connected and more walk/bike friendly communities by empowering the young and young at heart through our many projects, initiatives, and programs.

Safe Routes To School

Empowering elementary and middle school students to be happy, healthy and ready-to-learn:

Pro Walk/Pro Bike Advocacy

Supporting the programs, infrastructure, policies, systems and culture related to walking, biking and other forms of active transportation to help communities be their best – their healthiest:

  • Pro Walk/Pro Bike Advocacy Group Connecting awesome people passionate about best practice walk/bike infrastructure, forward-thinking policy and smart community design for a more walkable, bikeable, livable Northern Michigan.
  • Grand Traverse Advocate Academy Empowering ordinary people to be extraordinary walk/bike advocates.
  • Northwest Michigan Strong Project Providing the tools, resources, and knowledge to help local project teams bring Norte to their community.
  • Summer Slow Rolls Weekly community slow ride to promote an active lifestyle and create awareness for people on bikes.
  • Bike Valet — provides professional bike parking services at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market, National Cherry Festival and other community events.
  • El Barrio Bike FixWeekly summertime community bike fix event at the Clubhouse. 
  • Bike Month May is for bikes in Northern Michigan.
  • The Clubhouse One of Norte’s houses at the Civic Center that also houses Traverse City’s community bike shop.
  • The Wheelhouse Norte’s other house at the Civic Center that hosts our many programs.
  • Bike Life A story series featuring ordinary people doing ordinary things on their bicycles that aims to create awareness for the growing presence of people on bicycles in Northern Michigan.

Youth Mountain Bike

Building confidence and independence by way of adventures in our Northern Michigan forests:

Youth Empowerment

Happy, healthy, strong young people being awesome:

  • Summer Bike Camps– An adventure-based summer camp building confidence, promoting independence and teaching bike safety program for upper elementary and middle school students.
  • Bikes for All – Empowerment program for kids with special needs.
  • El Liderato – A youth leadership council empowering young people to speak up, get involved and do good in their community.
  • The Solution – A learn-to-wrench program for awesome kids.


Winter in northern Michigan is for embracing. Not complaining about 😉

  • Winter Walk Wednesdays – A weekly celebration of people walking to work, school or just for fun during Northern Michigan’s coldest months.
  • The Great Northern Michigan Shovel Experiment – Crowd-sourced project to keep our neighborhood curb cuts, pedestrian bridges and bus stops clear to keep Northern Michigan’s sidewalks walkable/rollable all winter.
  • Northern Michigan Bike Plow – Bike-powered snow clearing initiative keeping neighborhood sidewalks and trails awesome.
  • Winter Bike To Work + School Day – Riding your bike to work and school during the winter is a thing here in Northern Michigan.
  • Christmas Tree by Bike – Bike-powered delivery of your Christmas tree to Traverse City’s recycling drop site at Hull Park.

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