family biking

Core Cycling Skills for families

Objective:

Families learn to ride safely on residential streets together. Children must be at least 9 years old to attend. 

Course outline:

Theory:

  • Traffic dynamics - rules of the road, entering the street, driveways, straight riding, position from the curb, riding beside parked cars, intersections, signs and signal lights, right and left turns, streetcar/railway tracks, walk at crossovers, sidewalk riding, bike trails, fun quiz.
  • Picking your route - choosing a safe route and planning.
  • Possible videos - Bicycle Safety Camp or A Kids' Eye View

Outdoors/Indoors:

  • Safety equipment - helmets, reasons to wear helmets, helmet fit, additional equipment.
  • Bicycle - how bikes work, equipment (visible/audible/clothing), bike fit, ABCD Bike Check, bike security, bike parts, bike mainenance and care.

On Road:

  • Group riding - cycling technique, group riding etiquette.
  • Handling skills - getting on and off the bike, straight line riding, shoulder check, signalling, quick stop, rock dodge, slalom, gearing, turning.
  • Riding on residential streets/bike hike - yield before entering the street, driveways, position from curb, parked cars, intersections, stops (two-way and all-way), right of way, pedestrians, right turns, left turns, T-intersection, pedestrian style turns, traffic lights*, crossing tracks*, crosswalks, right turn only lane*, bridges and underpasses.**As appropriate to students' skill level and availability of teaching locations in local neighbourhoods.

Course structure: 

  • Course length: 9 hours plus online learning. 
  • Maximum 6 participants per Instructor. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, max 3 children per parent/guardian.
  • All participants must be able to ride a bike without training wheels.
  • Participants must supply their own properly fitting bike in good working condition and current, certified bike helmet. 

 

Note this course has an online learning component which must be completed prior to the first day.

This is a multi-day course; all sessions must be attended in full. All participants are required to provide their own properly fitting bike in good working condition, and current (less than 5 years old) certified bike helmet. Course runs rain or shine; be prepared for the weather! 

 

Safer Cycling Calgary is offering Level 3 for families in partnership with the Trico Centre on the following dates: Tuesdays May 15, May 22, May 29 5-7pm & Tuesday June 5 5-8pm. Registration is through Trico Centre, beginning Monday March 5. Search here (you may have to refresh the page if it comes up as expired) for the barcode 85515. Inquiries regarding registration should be directed to the Trico Centre. Inquiries about the course, including if you want to arrange a check on your bike(s) can be sent here.