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!

Please email for more information on this course.

 

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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 per group. 3 hours in one session. Over 100 successful participants since 2012! 77% overall success rate. Download more information here.

Child (age 4-13) course cost: $80 per participant. Maximum 4 participants per group. 3 hours in one session. Over 50 successful participants since 2015! 74% success rate in 2017. 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).

 

2018 Child courses: please note that all courses in 2017 had wait lists. I may be able to run a double course on some days this year so if you are interested in a date, please ensure that you get on the wait list for it. Also, if you register for a different date in addition to signing up for the wait list, transfer fees will not apply if I can accomodate you for the wait listed course. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to email! 

 

Adult courses: if you need to rent a bike, there is a place about a 10 minute walk from the Haysboro Community Centre, but you will need to choose an afternoon course as they are not open until 10am. There are other options for renting, though, so let us know you would like to rent and we will send you more information on this option amd help you find the right course time for you. 

 

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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.
  • Minimum age: 9 years (no exceptions).
  • Participants must supply their own properly fitting bike in good working condition and current, certified bike helmet. 
  • 2018 cost: $125/participant.

 

Note this course has an online learning component which must be completed by each participant 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

 

No courses scheduled right now. Please email to request!

 

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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 by each participant 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! 

 

Please email for more information on this course.

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