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Level 1B: Fundamentals of Pathway Cycling

This is an unofficial course, ie it is not CAN-BIKE 

 

Note: Level 1B is for people who *already* know how to ride a bike. Do not choose this course if you need to learn how to ride. 

Level 1B 9:15am-12:15pm

Level 1b: Advanced Fundamentals of Cycling This is NOT a learn to ride course but is for new cyclists: you will learn how to refine starting and stopping, how/when to use gears, how to ride on the pathway, including passing other users and how to mitigate the dangers of the pathways. 3 hours in one session, maximum 2 participants. This course is weather dependent; it must be dry. Course will be confirmed or rescheduled based on the hourly forecast about 24 hours in advance.

Event Properties

Event Date Friday, 09 June 2017
Event End Date Friday, 09 June 2017
Capacity 2
Registered 1
Available places 1
Cut off date Wednesday, 07 June 2017
Individual Price $100.00
Location
Kingsland Park
510 Heritage Drive SW
Kingsland Park
We are no longer accepting registrations for this event

Venue Information - Kingsland Park

You can park at the Trap & Gill (sign also says Studio 82). Please do not park at the Rose Kohn Arena. 

$100.00 1

In Alberta, all children under the age of 18 are required to wear a properly fitting bike helmet at all times while riding their own bike or on or attached to an adult's bike (including in bike trailers). You will not be allowed to ride in a course if you forget your helmet, if it's broken or doesn't fit you properly. 

The government of Manitoba, together with CAN-BIKE Instructors, made this fun video explaining how to tell if a helmet is the right one for cycling and how to make it fit you: https://youtu.be/b6r3f7M_XOY
 
There are many different looking helmets, but only a few types: there's helmets that are only meant for biking, or only meant for winter sports (skiing/snowboarding, ice skating, tobogganing) and some that are meant for more than one "summer" activity (skateboarding, inline skating, biking). Any helmet - even the wrong kind - is better than no helmet if you hit your head, but please check your helmet to make sure it's the right kind for biking. 
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Some studies have found evidence that wearing a helmet increases risk-taking behaviour, like riding faster or closer to autos, and that motorists seem to give cyclists without helmets more space. Overall, cycling is a low-risk activity, even accounting for the "extra" risk of wearing a helmet. But accidents do happen, and all people make mistakes: you don't want to find yourself seriously injured or killed because something happened and you hit your head. Helmets won't save you from everything, but it's the only thing we can do that provides some protection so wearing a helmet every time makes the most sense. 
 
Find your helmet boring or uninteresting? Consider covering it with a Tail Wags Helmet Cover! Available in over 40 designs, made in Canada and guaranteed to fit over any kind of sport helmet, there's a Tail Wags cover for nearly every person. To see what covers I have in stock or order direct from the manufacturer through my Affiliate link, follow this link.
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SCC Logo is a Calgary owned and operated business dedicated to delivering CAN-BIKE courses to people of all ages. 

 

Melissa Malejko is the owner and only instructor. Certified in 2011, Melissa is currently the only Certified CAN-BIKE Instructor in Calgary to deliver authorized courses. Certification status can be verified here as only active, qualified instructors are listed. 

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Course offerings: 

  • Level 1 (Learn to Ride/Fundamentals of Cycling) for children (age 4-13) or adults (14 and up). Also Level 1b for adults (14 and up).
  • Level 2 (Cycling Basics/Bike Rodeo) for age 7 and up (including adults).
  • Level 3 (Core Cycling Skills) for kids (age 9-15), adults (16 and up), families (parent with one or more child aged 9 or older), or women only (age 16 and up).
  • Level 4 (Advanced Cycling Skills) for adults (16 and up) or women only (16 and up).

 

I have taught nearly 90 people how to ride a bike in the last 5 years with the youngest being 4 and the oldest 84. In addition, I have taken over 60 people on the road through courses that I was involved in. My city bike is a Norco Plateau (bigger than the one pictured and black in colour) Melissa Old Bikeand I also have an older Norco Bigfoot for mountain biking. You'll be able to recognize me because I always wear a zebra helmet cover from Tail Wags Helmet Covers

 

On a more personal level, I am a born and raised Calgarian, mom to one wonderful daughter, passionate about active transportation, and a pet lover (currently have a one-eyed dog, a cat with moderate-severe cerebellar hypoplasia, and 2 goldfish). When I'm not teaching courses, you may find me volunteering at my daughter's school, gardening, camping, attending Stampeders football games, biking for fun (city or mountain), snowshoeing, downhill skiing or ice skating (depending on the season). 

My parents bought me a bike with training wheels for my 7th birthday - in January. I did a lot of laps of the basement before it was nice enough to take it outside. I don't remember the process of taking off the training wheels, but it happened that year, because 2 days before my school picture that September, I fell off and cut my lip and skinned my leg pretty badly (photo evidence). It didn't stop me, and I've been riding ever since.

I believe in life-long learning and that there is always something new to learn. My personal goals this year: improve figure 8 in a parking stall, learn how to do a wheelie (on my mountain bike), kick my fear of the balance beam at the Chestermere bike park, attempt/master weave poles on my bike.