Norte! Bike Trains


As part of The Great Traverse City Bike Train Experiment, a Safe Routes To School funded program, Norte! is building a Traverse City-wide network of Bike Trains to connect more Traverse City neighborhoods to more Traverse City neighborhood schools to allow more Traverse City students to bike to school in a FUN and safe environment.

Biking to school together can build social connections, reduce traffic congestion/air-polluting emissions and promote a better-connected community. It’s a scientific fact that biking to school with friends will also make kids smarter, happier and healthier.

We currently operate 13 Bike Trains connecting 8 different Traverse City neighborhoods to 5 different Traverse City elementary schools for Bike To School Fridays:

The Eastern Express
The Eastern High-lander
The Eastern Special
The Eastern Star Line
The Eastern Flyer
The Central Grade Zephyr
The Central Grade Coastal Classic
The Central Grade Limited
The TCAPS Montessori Trolley
The TCAPS Montessori Meteor
The TCAPS Montessori Bay Express
The TCAPS Montessori Morning Star
The Traverse Heights Golden Arrow
The Trinity Lutheran S-Bahn
The West Middle Empire Builder
The Westwoods Rebel
The Willow Hill Comet
Suttons Bay/Leelanau Montessori Water Wheel Express

A Norte! volunteer leads the trains both to and from school. Parents are responsible for getting their child to the Station (starting and ending location) on time as well as picking them up there after school.

Our trains pride themselves on being punctual. We can’t be late for school therefore we won’t wait for anyone. See the specific train’s schedule for Station location as well as departure and arrival times.

Norte! is seeking quality adult volunteers to help us grow our Traverse City-wide network of Bike Trains as part of The Great Traverse City Bike Train Experiment.

Bike Train Conductors lead trains on non-crappy weather Fridays for Bike To School Fridays in the fall through Thanksgiving and then again in the spring after break.. Even those Conductors who can only help a couple Fridays a month or just the afternoon shifts are still very, very awesome and much appreciated.

Read the Top 10 reasons why you should become a Norte! Bike Train Conductor HERE.

If you are an awesome person and willing to help, let us know HERE.

Or sign up HERE to start your own Bike Train because more Bike Trains = more better.

Email us with questions at

Bike Happy. Bike Más. Bike TC.


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