family biking

Core Cycling Skills for families


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

Course outline:


  • 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


  • 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! 


Due to lack of registrations, this course was cancelled. Please contact me if you'd like to register your family for a course in the future. 

Safer Cycling Calgary wants to remind you that you do not need to be an athlete to use your bike for transportation. You also don't need to be clad head-to-toe in lycra or specific cycling gear. When cycling becomes a chore, because you have to have special clothes, special shoes, special jackets, etc, it won't be as fun. So here are a few products we recommend to make your bike more street-clothes friendly or make your clothes more bike-friendly.


Please note that SCC believes that all cyclists should wear a helmet while riding their bike (including children as passengers in a trailer or child seat). To facilitate helmet use in children, SCC recommends making helmet use fun. It's easier than ever to do that, thanks to the helmet covers made in Canada by Tail Wags Helmet Covers! Click here to make the jump to the Tail Wags section. 

All currency is in Canadian Dollars (CDN).

Skirt or Coat Guards:

"A skirt guard or coat guard is a device fitted over the rear wheel of a bicycle to prevent a long skirt, coat or other trailing clothes or luggage catching in the wheel, or in the gap between the rim and the brakes." (courtesy: Wikipedia) These guards come in various types and sizes and are made out of material ranging from mesh/tulle to yarn to metal. Guards are more common in Europe, where most cyclists ride in their "everyday" clothes rather than having specific biking clothes.

Safer Cycling Calgary is pleased to introduce crocheted skirt guards as the first of their products. These hand crocheted guards are custom made in your choice of colour and include clips and instructions for installation.

All guards are designed for a 26" tire with standard fenders. Before ordering, please measure from the centre of the rear axle to the rim of the fender: if this distance is greater than 13" you will need to contact us for a custom guard (extra $5).

Click to enlarge pictures. Please note that due to variations in colour display of computer monitors, colours may not be exactly as pictured.

Long Chain:


The Long Chain guard features 17 chains (and clips) per side and is the most basic design. $40 + shipping.
(Note this blue one IS for sale.)


Blue Long Chain: Clips


Short Chain:


The Short Chain guard features 14 chains (and clips) per side and is a larger version of the long chain pattern for greater spoke coverage. $45 + shipping. (Note this purple one is NOT for sale but a similar colour can be made.)

Pre-made guards:



A slightly different Short Chain guard, with 13 chains (and clips) per side, is in 4 ply 100% cotton yarn, colour "Earth Ombre". $45 + shipping (this one will ship within one week of your order!).


Earth Ombre: Clips



New pattern: Short Chain Shells. With 12 chains (and clips) per side, in 4 ply 100% cotton, this vibrant colour is called "Psychedelic." $45 + shipping (this one will ship within one week of your order!).


Psychedelic: Clips


Currently available colours:


 4 ply 100% cotton "Green Stripes"






yarn2 4 ply 100% US-Grown Cotton (made in Canada) "Pinky Stripes". Please note, this yarn supports the 'Susan G. Komen for the Cure' initiative, with a portion of yarn sales benefitting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This is a limited stock yarn: only 2 guards available.

yarn3 4 ply 100% cotton "Hot Pink"

yarn4 4 ply 100% acrylic "Claret"

Would you like a different colour? Please send an email with your desired colour and I will let you know if I can get it. There may be an additional charge or time delay.

Shipping within Canada will be via Canada Post. International shipping may be higher. Please allow 4-6 weeks for the production of your guard.




List in the "Notes to Seller" area your colour choice of yarn.






 Order your Tail Wags Helmet Cover by following this link (opens in new window) and protect everyone's most important organ.

To purchase currently stocked Tail Wags helmet covers (not subject to GST or shipping charges), click here. 

There is a vast amount of information available about how to cycle safely. Not all of it is correct, legal or even practical.

Also, there is only so much you can learn by reading about it. Much of the knowledge that you gain through Safer Cycling Calgary courses is learned by physically doing things, including parking lot drills and actual riding on roads.

Legal and practical references below, as well as some documents used by Safer Cycling Calgary.

ABTSA Rules The Alberta Traffic Safety Act: Rules of the Road
ABTSA Highway The Alberta Traffic Safety Act: Use of Highway and Rules of the Road
Alberta Driver's Guide Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing (Cars and Light Trucks)
Accident Report Form Accident Report Form



Helmet Standards

Helmet “standards” tell us the level of protection that should be afforded to the wearer of the helmet. Organizations that are involved in setting standards, for helmets sold in Canada include:

  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  • United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE)
  • SNELL Memorial Foundation (SNELL)
  • European Committee for Standardization (CEN)

Helmets that make the claim of meeting a standard are either done so by the helmet manufacturer or by a third party test laboratory. Helmets bearing a CSA, SNELL, or CEN (CE) sticker are third party tested. Helmets with stickers that make the claim they meet ASTM, CPSC, or NOCSAE standards have been tested by the manufacturer.

CAN-BIKE // Bike Helmets 101 from Manitoba Cycling Association on Vimeo



Due to summer vacation, a response will be delayed. Please be patient. Normal response times will resume by July 17. 

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