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.

We are developing happy, healthy, strong communities through our Safe Routes To School, walk/bike advocacy, mountain bike, and youth leadership programming.

Safe Routes To School

Empowering elementary and middle school students to actively transport themselves to school:

  • Fridays Fantástico – A weekly celebration of students walking, biking and rolling to school.
  • The Bike Más Project – After school, adventure-based bike safety program.
  • The Great Northern Michigan Bike Train Experiment – A region-wide network of adult-led bike trains connecting neighborhoods to schools.
  • Estrellas – A learn-to-ride program for preschoolers using balance bikes.
  • Safe Routes To School AllStars – Empowering passionate parents to advocate for active, happy, ready-to-learn kids at their school.
  • Park & Stroll – For those students who attend a school of choice or live too far away from their home school. Drive. Park. Walk 5 minutes to school. Easy.
  • Bike2Bus – Portable bike racks at neighborhood bus stops and mapping of safe routes to these racks to encourage “biking to bus”.
  • Norte Bike Library – Ensuring that awesome kids have awesome bikes to pedal to school no matter their family’s resources.

Pro Walk/Pro Bike Advocacy

Advocating for more people on bicycles in Traverse City:

  • Pro walk/Pro bike Advocacy Grupo – Connecting awesome people passionate about best practice walk/bike infrastructure, forward-thinking policy and smart community design for a more walkable, bikeable, livable Traverse City.
  • Advocate Academy – Empowering ordinary people to extraordinary walk/bike advocates.
  • TC Rides – Weekly community slow ride to promote an active lifestyle and create awareness for people on bikes in Traverse City.
  • TC Bike Valet – Provides professional bike parking services at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market, National Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival and other community events.
  • El Barrio Bike Fix – A bike-powered, mobile bike shop and pizza fueled community bike fix event at the Clubhouse. 
  • TC Bike Month – May is for bikes in Traverse City.
  • The Clubhouse – Norte’s home at the Civic Center that also houses Traverse City’s community bike shop.
  • Bike Night at The Bijou – Yay for mucho bicycles at our bike-tastic community theater.
  • TC 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 Traverse City.
  • Bike Happy Pop-ups – Free coffee and bike tune ups. High fives, too.

Mountain Bike

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

Youth Empowerment

Happy, healthy, strong young people being awesome.

  • The Bike Mas Project Summer Camp An adventure-based summer camp building confidence, promoting independence and teaching bike safety program for upper elementary students.
  • El Liderato – A youth leadership council empowering young people to speak up, get involved and do good in their community.
  • La Solución – A learn-to-wrench after-school program for middle school students.


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 Traverse City’s coldest months.
  • The Great Traverse City Shovel Experiment – Crowd-sourced project to keep our neighborhood curb cuts and bridges clear to keep Traverse City’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 Traverse City. We inspired the world last year and we’re going to do it again in 2019.
  • Christmas Tree by Bike – Bike-powered delivery of your Christmas tree to the City’s recycling drop site at Hull Park.
  • Winter Bike Share – Traverse City’s small-scale, neighborhood-based, winter-only Bike Share project.

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