At Latitude 45, we know that being your local bike shop isn’t just about a location. It’s about being an active member of the community. We are stoked to make our little corner of the world better any way we can.
Kids Bike Initiative
When KBI Director, Cindy Okerlund, shared her vision for a 4th grade biking field trip Latitude 45 was eager to get involved. Since then we have been thrilled to become a key supporter. Behind the scenes we helped develop the program and created an affordable lease program for bikes. Our real joy has come from assisting with riding skill evaluation and development. Plus, we get to join students on these awesome field trips!
Youth Bicycle Safety
A cornerstone of our community involvement is teaching bicycle safety to local youth. Our presentation covers how to perform a basic bike check, proper helmet fit, and some rules for riding safely on the road. Each spring we visit most K-5 classrooms in Emmet county. Contact us if you would like us to present to your group.
Our summer youth program combines mountain biking, team building, and mindfulness to develop kids physically, socially, and mentally. Inspired by our love for nature and the positive impact cycling can have on kids, this is really a highlight of the summer. Learn more about the program.
We have been proud to support Smart Commute Emmet since day one. Our contributions have included prizes and support both in developing and running the program. Each year our staff earns a high ranking in participation; last year our 11 members recorded 3153 miles. For us Smart Commute isn’t just something fun to do for a week, it’s part of our lifestyle. Learn more about the program at smartcommuteemmet.org
Ride The Highlander
Latitude 45 has supported our only local mountain bike race for over 6 years. We love this race for the amazing course, community involvement, and awesome prizes. It's a great day each year, one which brings together our riding community to race, volunteer, or cheer. The benefit of the race goes beyond just fun, this year the organizers donated their profits, over $500, to local trail development. Visit RidetheHighlander.com to learn more.