A NORTE! Story: Ben Learns To Ride His Bike


NORTE! has inspired us all.
by Emily and Drew Buchholz (Ben’s mom and dad)

Over the course of the summer our six year old son, Ben, not only learned to ride a two wheel bike, but he built up his endurance and was able to participate in the five mile community rides, bike to school most days, and even ride at the skate park and the dirt track behind Eastern Elementary. The amount of confidence he gained on his bike in a very short time has been amazing. NORTE! and the community behind it has not only inspired Ben to ride his bike, but has also been an inspiration to our family. We now frequently choose biking over driving and are able to enjoy this beautiful city more often.

Thank you, NORTE!



We couldn’t be prouder of Ben. Johanna and I used to watch him pedal down Washington Street to pre-school on his training wheels. Flash forward a year and he’s now a confident, smart and strong cyclist keeping up with the big kids on TC RIDES and the Eastern Elementary Express Bike Train. Ride on, Ben, ride on!

~ Ty


A NORTE! Story is a blog series highlighting N!YC riders/volunteers/supporters in our first year of inspiring Traverse City youth through bicycles. If you like Ben’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year KIDS ON BIKES + YOU campaign. Levels and awards can be found HERE.


And let’s ride bikes together soon.


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