bike housesLevel 3: Core Cycling Skills (Intermediate)

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, residential 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, lubrication, flats.


  • 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!

Check back in March for the 2020 schedule!