bike housesBicycle-specific infrastructure will never go from every front door to every possible destination: learning how to ride on residential roads will enable you to ride your bike to the infrastructure or use your bike for transportation to nearby destinations like the dentist, grocery store, library or coffee shop. An essential course for most recreational cyclists.

Course objective:

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

Course outline:


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


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


  • 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 10 hours with online learning (classroom learning also available).
  • Cost: $100/participant (classroom learning may have an additional cost).

Testimonials from previous participants here


Note this course may have an online learning component which must be completed prior to the first day.

This may be 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!


That's a wrap for 2020! Intermediate is almost identical to the first 2 sessions of Advanced, which is typically the first course to run in the spring: if interested in attending please email.