If you go biking Traverse City, then chances are you have heard of Norte! I first noticed Norte! while checking out the March of Dimes event at the Civic Center this past spring. They had just opened the Norte! Clubhouse near where the new play structure is now. Since then, they have shown up EVERYWHERE and it’s almost as though they are following me around! Not really, but they are making incredible partnerships with the local events this summer to encourage more people to bike and make it more accessible.
Now, I see them everywhere and for good reason. My kids enjoyed the story hour through the TADL Summer Reading Program that was held at the Clubhouse. They had a bike valet at the Cherry Festival and they run the bike valet at the Sarah Hardy Downtown Farmers Market. They host weekly events, including Vasa Domingos on Sundays, El Barrio Bike Fix on Tuesdays, TC Rides on Tuesdays and Fridays@TheCommons. Norte! also takes advantage of opportunities to encourage kids to get involved in biking and develop leadership qualities, including with the Safe Routes to School Program, Traverse City Youth Mountain Biking Team and the Traverse City Youth Leadership Council.
How Norte! Started
Ty and Johanna Schmidt started inviting neighbors to drop their kids off at their home so they could safely bike to school. This quickly grew and the Schmidts realized the opportunity to educate the kids on how to ride safely. It didn’t take long for this to develop into an actual program with the number of kids increasing. “The Great Traverse City Bike Train Experiment” has 18 bike trains which connects 9 different neighborhood schools to 12 different Traverse City neighborhoods but Norte! has grown to become much more than just kids pedaling to school.” Visit elgruponorte.org to learn more about how Norte! started and how to get involved!
Events – Biking Traverse City
Here are the general details of the weekly events through the summer and fall to go biking Traverse City with other biking lovers. Check out the website elgruponorte.org for full details.
Sundays @ 10 a.m. – Vasa Domingos Meet at the VASA trails for a family-friendly mountain bike group ride.
Mondays @ 5:30 p.m. – Varsity Team Ride
Mondays @ 6:00 p.m. – Estrellas Meet-up @ The Clubhouse Bring your youngest bikers to ride on balance bikes.
Tuesdays @ 5:00 p.m. – El Barrio Bike Fix Bring your bike to learn how to fix and maintain it. Members have full access to the tool shed.
Tuesdays @ 6:00 p.m. (in August) – Pour For More Tuesdays with Norte! Support Norte! by visiting participating PFM venues during Tuesday bike rides.
Wednesdays @ 6:00 p.m. – TC Rides Join the community bicycle ride! Start at F&M Park and finish at The Little Fleet.
Friday @ 5:30 p.m. – Fridays@TheCommons Meet at the Piazza and bike The Village Course in groups.
Pictures Biking Traverse City with Norte!
Other Traverse City Events
Check out more happenings on the calendar of events, including events at the Traverse City Area District Library, Professor Qwbly’s, Horizon Books, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Kindermusik with Melinda Lise, Little Bird School of Song, Norte! and much more!