Melissa downtownLevel 4: Advanced Cycling Skills (formerly CAN-BIKE 2) is an advanced course in defensive cycling for commuters and recreational cyclists who may already ride in traffic. This is an adult course for cyclists aged 16 and up with some experience riding on the road. This course will improve your confidence and skill in riding in increasingly challenging traffic situations. This course is quite often a requirement for jobs that involve cycling. Level 3 (Core Cycling Skills), or equivalent experience, is required for this course.

Course objectives:

Upon completion of the course, participants should feel confident to ride regularly and safely for transportation and recreational purposes, in any urban environment.

Course Outline:

Theory:

  • Traffic dynamics - where to ride on the road, principles of traffic flow.
  • Equipment - basic tool kit, bicycle fit, selection, helmets, safety equipment, inspection/safety check.
  • Crashes and collisions - studies and analysis.
  • Puncture repair - patch inner tube, remove/replace tire.
  • Touring theory - riding conditions, physiology, energy systems, nutrition, straight road hazards, gearing, group riding skills.

Road:

  • Group riding - cycling technique, group riding etiquette.
  • Handling skills - straight line, shoulder check, signalling, rock dodge, threshold braking, instant/push turn.
  • Arterial roadways - lane positioning, yielding, left turns, streetcar/railway tracks, turns, lane changes, rotaries, diverges, unions, separations, multi-lanes, heavy traffic.

Cost and length:

  • Course length: up to 12 hours. 
  • Cost: $150/participant.

 

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 properly fitting, certified bike helmet. Course runs rain or shine; be prepared for the weather! 

 

Women's only courses available!

Level 4

There are no up-coming events

bike housesCourse objective:

Cyclists aged 16 and up learn skills and build confidence to ride safely on residential streets. 

Course outline:

Theory:

  • Traffic dynamics - where to ride on the road, position within lane, lane choice, intersection positioning, residential and pedestrian-style left turns, single streetcar/railroad track, principles of traffic flow.

Outdoors/Indoors:

  • Equipment - helmets, bike selection, how bikes work, bike parts, bike fit, safety equipment, ABCD & Me Quick Bike Check, bike security.
  • Basic maintenance - tool kit, lubrication, flats.

Road:

  • Group riding skills - cycling technique, group riding etiquette.
  • Handling skills - straight line riding, shoulder check, signalling, rock dodge, quick stop, slalom, gearing.
  • Riding on residential streets - entering the roadway, position within the lane, parked cars, lane choice and changes, yielding and right of way, intersections, right turns, right turn only lane*, residential left turns, pedestrian style left turns, crossing streetcar/railway tracks.*
    * As appropriate to students' skill level and availability of teaching locations in local neighbourhoods.

Cost & length:

  • Course length: up to 9 hours plus online learning.
  • Cost: $100/participant.


Testimonials from previous participants here

 

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 must provide their own properly fitting bike in good working condition, and a properly fitting, certified bike helmet. Course runs rain or shine; be prepared for the weather!

Level 3 Adults

There are no up-coming events

 

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Level 1: Fundamentals of Cycling, also known as Learn to Ride

Course objective:

For a person who has never ridden a bicycle to learn how to ride a bicycle. Note all participants must provide their own properly fitting bike and certified bike helmet.

Course outline:

  • Introductions and paperwork.
  • Helmet and bike fundamentals:
    • Helmet information and fit.
    • How a bike works: power transmission, steering, brakes and gears.
    • Bike fit.
    • Bike check - ABCD & Me Quick Bike Check.
  • Learn to ride:
    • Coast and balance.
    • Pedal and steer.
    • Go and stop.
  • Next steps:
    • Practice tips.
    • For Adults: Level 1B (Fundamentals of Pathway Cycling), Level 2 or Level 3.
    • For Children: ages 4-8 - Level 2, age 9 and up - Level 2 or Level 3.

 

Adult (age 14+) course cost: $100 per participant. Maximum 4 participants. 3 hours in one session. 81% success rate in 2016! Download more information here.

Child (age 4-13) course cost: $80 per participant. Maximum 4 participants. 3 hours in one session. Download more information here.

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Media coverage: Calgary Herald article and video

A video compilation auto-created by Google Photos (sound not required but the music is nice). 

 

Not quite sure?

Read these testimonials from previous participants. 

Read this article from New York City and/or watch this video (from the UK).

 

Level 1 Kids

There are no up-coming events

 

For adult courses: if you need to rent a bike, there is a place about a 10 minute walk from the Haysboro Community Association, but you will need to choose an afternoon course as they are not open until 10am. Let us know you are going to rent and we will send you more information on this option. 

Level 1 Adults

There are no up-coming events

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Core Cycling Skills for kids

Objective:

Did you know that all cyclists 14 and older are prohibited from riding on the sidewalk? Young cyclists aged 9 to 15 learn to ride safely on residential streets. 

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.
  • Maximum 6 participants per Instructor.
  • 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. 
  • 2017 cost: $125/participant.

 

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! 

 

Read testimonials from previous participants here

 

2017 schedule under development. Please email if you would like to attend this course in 2017.