Norte! is for kids on bikes in Traverse City no matter their age. We are also huge fans of balance bikes and believe that there is no better way to teach children how to ride.

Estrellas del Norte!, our learn-to-ride program for preschoolers using balance bikes, started last year and thanks to a Safe Routes To School grant is growing.

Summer Meet-ups

In 2017, the Estrellas meet-ups will be at our new Clubhouse in the Civic Center EVERY Monday night at 6 this summer starting June 12th.

Please bring your own balance bike and helmet if you have one. We’ll have several balance bikes for kids to try too. Sometimes we’ll even bring SNACKS!

Learn To Ride in School

After a successful pilot learn-to-ride pilot program at Eastern this past winter, we’re excited to partner with TCAPS’ PE-nut/SNAP-ed program in 2016-17 and expand to seven more schools: Traverse Heights, Central Grade, Old Mission, Long Lake, Cherry Knoll, Westwoods and Blair.

In addition to our other Safe Routes To School funded programs, The Great Traverse City Bike Train Experiment, The Bike Mas Project and El Barrio Bike Fix, The Estrellas is another wonderful opportunity to build bike culture at in our community and at school and encourage more students to be active, healthy, and ready-to-learn.

Thanks to the generous support of McLain Cycles and many, many #GivingTuesday donors, we’ve amassed a small fleet of balance bikes and matching helmets but we’re always looking for more. Our goal is to purchase 2 more helmets and bikes so that we can expand to 8 more schools next year.

If you have a balance bike collecting dust, please consider donating it (tax exempt, of course) to Norte!. We’ll promise to put it to good use.

You can also accept financial contributions, of course.

$25 = one new tiny helmet

$125 = one new balance bikes


Email Ty Schmidt at with questions.