Meet Quinn. Quinn is a 4th grader at TCAPS Montessori @ Glenn Loomis. We first met Quinn when he starting riding with the Montessori Bay Express – a Norte! bike train led by his fab mom, Elizabeth – and then again at our after school learn-to-wrench program, El Barrio Bike Fix. Quinn is a heck of a kid. Smart. Independent. Confident. We like him. A lot.
We asked Quinn to share his experience. Here’s his story:
Learning To Fix Bikes = Awesome!
by: Quinn Waddle
I think Norte! is a real good thing to get you on your bike. They don’t try to make you do it, they just encourage you to do it. I choose to do it and I have a lot of fun. My mom is a bike train conductor and our train is called the Bay Express. Bike to School Fridays are fun because Mr. Clark brought donuts one day and a police man gave me a free Slurpee ticket for 7-11.
Yarro is a bike mechanic. One Friday in October he taught me how to fix my flat tire on my BMX bike. When Yarro comes I see him going around the bike racks and checking if anybody had flat tires. When you learn how to fix your bike it’s awesome.
El Barrio Bike Fix @ Glenn Loomis Photo Gallery
Norte! has played a part in mucho Bike Happy moments in Traverse City this year. From pedaling to school to exploring our woods and trails, Norte! has empowered our local youth, like Quinn, to be resilient, independent, and self confident both on and off their bikes.
If you like Quinn’s story and want to support more of the same, please consider donating to our end-of-year Bike Happy, Traverse City campaign. With your continued support, we’re committed to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring its youth through bicycles.
Gracias. And let’s ride bikes together soon.