Ready, Set, Glide!

Ready, Set, Glide! is an authorized dealer of STRIDERâ„¢ Balance Bikes and Accessories.  With their low centre of gravity and super light weight, they teach children ages 1.5 years to 5 years the fundamentals of riding using only foot propulsion. Because they have no pedals or other complications, most children find riding a balance bike as easy as walking.  When the fundamentals of balance and steering are mastered, transitioning to a bicycle with pedals is very straight forward.
 

 

aWeGo Outdoors Ltd

Please get in touch with the wonderful people at aWeGo if you are interested in taking any courses in:
- bike mechanics
- outdoor skills (camping)
- navigation (map and compass)
- paddling

 

 

 

Testimonials from previous CAN-BIKE Participants

Child Level 1 (Fundamentals)
Adult Level 1
Kids Level 3 (Core Cycling Skills)
Adult Level 3
Level 4 (Advanced Cycling Skills)

 


Child Level 1 (Fundamentals of Cycling aka Learn to Ride): chidren aged 4-13 learn to ride a bicycle without training wheels

"Thank you so much for your patience, for sharing your magic and teaching Y. how to ride! He is so proud and happy to be able to get even better now! Thanks again and I am surely going to spread the word for you!" - Mom of Y (7)

 

 


Adult Level 1: Adults (14+) who have never ridden a bicycle learn how to ride a bicycle.

 

"I was unsure about taking this course at first but, am extremely pleased I did, especially seeing that I was not the only adult in the world who could not ride a bicycle. Riding a bicycle seemed like an impossibility that I just wouldn’t be able to achieve, but once I was able to balance as suggested by Melissa, the rest just came naturally. Learning with others who were in the same boat with me is one of the reasons why believe that I succeeded. Melissa is truly just loveable and encouraging, which helped me learn to ride at my own pace, and I have not stopped riding ever since. I would definitely recommend taking classes with Melissa as the experience all together was just positive and enjoyable. I truly just felt great afterwards as I was able to accomplish something I never thought I would as an adult who had never ridden once in her entire life. Melissa is not only patient, detailed, as well as tends to each individual’s needs but also just makes you feel like you can do anything. I am sincerely grateful for the experience and very happy to be able to now ride with my daughter." - P.K.

 

"I had always felt left behind, during my childhood and into my adulthood, when all my family and friends could ride bikes and go on rides. After hearing about this adult learn-to-ride, I was hopeful that I could finally join the masses who cycle without any thought or effort. I loved that the group was relatively small, and the outdoor rink setting was a perfect place to feel safe and contained! Melissa was so positive, encouraging and helpful.

Within 45 minutes, FORTY-FIVE MINUTES, I was balancing on a moving bicycle!! By the end of the class, I was riding very effortlessly. I think about all that wasted time on the sidewalk outside my house, with my husband running along beside me, while I tried to keep the bike balanced and going to no avail. Now I can ride! I would highly recommend this class if you are learning to ride a bike, as you are surrounded by people in the same skill set (or lack of skill set), and as a group, we all conquered our fear of riding a bike by ourselves." - A.Y-H.

 

"As a child I always wanted to ride a bike. Now that I am in my forties, I thought it was too late to learn to ride a bike. Seeing people in Calgary riding bikes, I wanted to be one of them. No one could help me, my husband would just push a little and let go. I used to see youtube videos, it did not help. I thought I would never keep my feet on the pedals, never let go. I was too scared to fall. But Melissa really gave me confidence and I never thought I could do it but I did it. I never fell, not once. Her step to step procedure really works. I rode the rest of the summer and am waiting to ride this summer too. Thanks Melissa CAN-BIKE Instructor you really changed my life. Finally I can tick this off my bucket list." - M. D.

"Your team is amazing. They work very hard to make biking experience to the new bikers-to-be a fun-filled one. Thank you so much for Breanna and Sasha. I totally enjoyed being there.
I started the day of the course with a zero knowledge of biking. Ended after the course with great information and ability to bike with great confidence. I thought I would never be able to ride a bike in my life, but, after the course the magic came where I was able to pedal by myself. What I really liked about the approach Melissa and her team took is that they started with the very basic info. that each new learner needs, then focused on building confidence which is the most important thing for me. Very well-balanced course between theory and practice. Melissa and her team were great and worked hard to make sure that I understand everything. Course info. was informative and beneficial. Melissa answered each question I had and took the extra mile of emailing me information I requested about bike shops, parts, and bike services in Calgary. Thank you so much Melissa for the very nice course. I highly recommend this course to all who would like to learn in a safe and fun filled environment. I am preparing myself to take the other courses." - N.S.

 


Kids Level 3 (Core Cycling Skills):Young cyclists aged 9 to 13 learn to ride safely on residential streets.

 

"The course was very informative and the instructor was wonderful in explaining things to the kids." - mom of M (11) and N (14).

"Many thanks from a grateful mom!!" - mom of M (9) and E (11)

 


Adult Level 3: Cyclists aged 14 and up learn skills and build confidence to ride safely on residential streets.

 

"I really enjoyed taking this course with Melissa, I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone! Whether you’re totally new to bike riding (like I was) or you have years of experience, I think it is so important to have knowledge regarding the rules of the road. As cyclists, we need to be treated as drivers of vehicles and the only way we can confidently do so is by having an understanding of our rights and the rules that apply to us.

I am very confident when I am on my bike now. I love riding to my destination instead of sitting on a bus or driving a car, I really hope to take the more advanced lessons with Melissa in the future. She makes learning fun and instills confidence in all of her riders.

Happy riding!" - T. H.

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"Melissa is very thorough in her instruction. She clearly loves what she does. Always attentive and excellent sense of observation. I learnt a lot and am grateful to her for teaching me to cycle!" 

"Best knowledge application by going into real life experience." 

 

 


Level 4: Advanced Cycling Skills for cyclists 16 or older. 

"The instructor gave concise and constructive feedback. Melissa was great at communication and being supportive while I was on the road. I liked how she gave me options depending on my own comfort level on the road. The most valuable learning experience was learning how to change lanes on a busy road with 3+ lanes." - N. C.

Safer Cycling Calgary is experiencing growth in demand and we are recruiting Assistant and Certified CAN-BIKE Instructors. 

 

Assistant Instructor Job Description: 

Assistants are desperately needed for 2018 to deliver Level 1 courses, mainly with kids. You will be responsible for working with a small group (up to 4) kids to teach them how to ride a bike. These courses are exclusively on weekends - not every weekend - and are weather dependent.

Assistant Instructors are also needed for Level 3 courses for kids. You will be required to help with delivering classroom, "parking lot" and on-road aspects of this course. Duties may include set up and take down of computer and projector, setting up/taking down obstacles for handling drills, riding in sweep position on road to ensure all course participants stay together and in line as well as evaluating participant's understanding of course material. These courses may take place on weekdays, weekday afternoons and/or some weekends and are not weather dependent. 

Assistant Instructors must pass Level 4 (this course will be provided for you) and will work under the supervision of a Certified CAN-BIKE Instructor.

 

Certified CAN-BIKE Instructor Job Description:

Certified Instructors are needed to reach my dreams: to deliver Level 3 courses directly to kids at school and run daycamps during the summer. Other courses, including Level 1, 2 & 4 teaching will also be possible, depending on preferences and desired work schedule. If you are not currently Certified, you will need a 2 year commitment (first year for training/certification, second year to work independently). 

If you are interested in learning more about CAN-BIKE in general or the Instructor Certification process, visit CAN-BIKE Canada

 

Qualifications (all positions):   

  • Must be able to ride a bicycle with reasonable proficiency.
  • Must provide their own bicycle, in good working condition, and an approved bicycle helmet.
  • Must be proficient in speaking and reading English.
  • Must complete Calgary Police Service background check for working with Vulnerable Sector individuals (children).
  • First Aid Certification is an asset (required for Certified Instructors).

These positions are seasonal in nature: May through September. No teaching experience needed!! Ideal for stay at home parents, post-secondary students, and semi-retired people. Must be available on weekends and some weekday evenings for 2018. 

If you are interested in becoming a Safer Cycling Calgary Instructor, please send a message through the contact form. Include your resume and/or explain your cycling experience.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

All courses require participant's name and participant's (or parent/guardian's) valid email address to complete registration. Placement in course is not confirmed without payment of full course fee. 

 

REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS

You are able to cancel the registration within 1 business day of it’s submission without penalty. Otherwise the following will apply:

  • A cancellation made 3 weeks or more prior to the course start date will be refunded less an administration fee of 25% of the course fees.

  • A cancellation made less than 3 weeks prior to the course start date will be refunded less an administration fee of 40% of the course fees.

  • A cancellation made less than 3 days prior to the course start date will not be eligible for a refund unless due to a medical reason and then will be subject to a cancellation fee of $75.

Unfortunately, the above applies in cases of injury and/or emergency. Cancellation requests with little notice do not allow us the time to fill the associated spot and our goal is to stay in business for when you are able to attend a course. 

TRANSFERS

Transferring your registration to an alternate course will result in an administration fee as follows:

    • A transfer request with 3 weeks or more notice will be subject to a $25 administration fee.

    • A transfer request with less than 3 weeks notice will be subject to a $40 administration fee.

    • A transfer request with less than 3 days notice will be subject to a $75 administration fee.

Full payment of the administration fee will be required before registration in the alternate course will be confirmed. In the event a suitable course is not offered, the above cancellation fees will be applied.

LEVEL ONE COURSES

Most Level 1 courses (adult or child) and Level 1B courses are weather dependent; a weather cancellation may occur. In the event of a weather cancellation, your registration fee will be transferred to an available later date of your choosing or fully refunded if no alternate date can be arranged.

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