kids biking

Core Cycling Skills for kids


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:


  • 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: 15 hours (half day camp)
  • Maximum 6 participants.
  • 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. 

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! 

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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



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