Traverse City Events: Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails announces the 19th annual Smart Commute Week from May 31st through June 7th. Join in the week’s festivities and reap the many benefits of smart commuting—save on gas and parking, increase your physical activity, and build camaraderie with others in the community—to name a few.

TART Trails challenges you to walk, bike, carpool, ride public transit, or try any creative form of 'smart' transportation. Rally your friends and co-workers to compete in the Smart Commute Challenge for the opportunity to win fabulous prizes. In addition to encouraging new smart commuters, the purpose of the week is to gather and celebrate the community’s year-round veteran smart commuters and infrastructure improvements that provide safer, connected, and accessible active transportation opportunities.   SMART COMMUTE WEEK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Sat, June 1st Recycle-A-Bicycle Bike Swap (
Smart Commute Challenge FREE Commuter Breakfasts 7am-9am:
Mon, June 3

  • Higher Grounds, 806 Red Drive at Grand Traverse Commons
  • Pangea’s Pizza, 135 E. Front St.

Tues, June 4th

  • Munson Medical Center, just south of the Emergency Entrance on Elmwood St.
  • Munson Community Health Center Front, 550 Munson Ave

Wed, June 5th

  • BATA Transit Center, 115 Hall St.
  • The Kitchen, 747 Woodmere Ave.

Thurs, June 6th

  • NW MI Autism Resource Network & NMC host at Oak Park Elementary
  • The Disability Network, 415 E. 8th St

Fri, June 7th

  • Oryana Natural Market & Cone Drive, 260 E. Tenth St.

Special Events during Smart Commute Week:
Mon, June 3rd: FREE SCW Documentary at the STATE Theater 7:15pm
Tues, June 4th: MLUI Local Motion Commuter Summit, Opera House, 3-6pm
Thurs, June 6th: TART Fiesta at Red Mesa Grill 6-9pm Fri, June 7th: FREE BikeIn TC film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure at F&M Park 8:30pm

As an additional way to give back to the community and support the trails, Michigan Blood, will donate $10 to TART Trails’ Smart Commute for each person that makes an appointment to donate blood Monday, June 10th through Wednesday, June 12th.  Allison Beers, Community & Public Relations Coordinator for Michigan Blood, shared, "As the sole provider of blood for Munson Medical Center, we truly appreciate supporting the community. We are so pleased to be able to partner with TART and host this blood drive for them."  More information on how to make an appointment can be found at

For more information about Smart Commute Week, or to register your team for the Challenge, please go to or call TART Trails at (231)941-4300.

Find more Northern Michigan events on the MyNorth Events Calendar and