Safe Routes To School

Norte! is honored to administer many awesome Safe Routes To School programs in partnership with Traverse City Area Public Schools and other neighborhood schools in TC. What began as our co-founders inviting a couple neighborhood kids to pedal to school with them has grown into a legit, comprehensive, community-wide project.

Our programs are dedicated to empowering elementary and middle school students to actively transport themselves to school as well as to grow walk/bike culture at our partner schools.

 The benefits of walking and biking to school are many, of course:

  • better concentration in class
  • less traffic congestion near schools
  • improved cognitive abilities
  • stronger sense of community
  • more exercise
  • safer streets: communities with the higher walk/bike rates have lower crash rates for all travel modes
  • a distraction-free time to connect with families and classmates
  • less air pollutants from automobiles

Programs:

  • Fridays Fantástico: A weekly celebration of students walking, biking and rolling to school.
  • The Great Traverse City Bike Train Experiment: A community-wide network of adult led bike train connecting Traverse City neighborhoods to neighborhood schools.
  • Winter Walk Wednesdays: A #StepItUp inspired celebration of people – big or small – walking to work, school or just for FUN! in Traverse City.
  • 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”.
  • The Bike Mas Project: An adventure-based after school empowerment program for upper elementary students.
  • El Barrio Bike Fix: A learn-to-wrench after school program for upper elementary students.
  • Estrellas: A learn-to-ride program for preschoolers using balance bikes.
  • Norte! Bike Library: Ensuring that awesome kids have awesome bikes to pedal to school no matter their family’s resources.

Events:

Partnering schools:

Current list of Norte! Bike Trains:

Eastern’s Park & Stroll Map:

Community Partners:

We’re dreaming big to make walking/biking/rolling to school the new normal in Traverse City but we need mucho quality big people to make it happen. Helping kids actively get to school is both easier and awesome’er than you think.

Get involved!

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10 reasons why being a Bike Train Conductor is awesome HERE

Download the Fridays Fantastico poster HERE.

Email us with questions hello@elgruponorte.org

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