Family Bike Rodeo!

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The Family Bike Rodeo (Level 2: Cycling Basics course) is a "playground" based event that introduces cyclists to key bike handling skills they will need to ride safely on the road. It does not focus on traffic situations. Our belief is that learning traffic skills must happen on the road.

This course is designed for children aged 7+ and their parents. It is important that participants go on from the Rodeo to participate in a Level 3 course (kids, family or adults).

Level 2 Course Description:

$20 per participant, 90 minute session (2 participant minimum, 10 maximum).
For cyclists 7 and up, without training wheels; parents are encouraged to attend. The skills targeted in this course address major injury prevention concerns for children who cycle. As with swimming lessons, an investment now in cycling training for children can pay off in prevention of serious injury, and lead to greater enjoyment.

Summary:

  • Helmet and clothing check
  • Bike fit and check
  • Straight line riding
  • Shoulder checking
  • Signalling
  • Braking and stopping
  • Stop and go
  • Bike security

Other activities may include: 

  • Mounting and dismounting
  • Start and coast
  • Start and pedal
  • Start, pedal, stop
  • Obstacles and games

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Please note all participants are required to have a bike that fits and is in good working order and a current, properly fitted helmet. No training wheels permitted.
(If you or your child needs to learn how to ride, see Level 1/Learn to Ride)

 

 2018 schedule coming soon!

Melissa downtownLevel 4: Advanced Cycling Skills (formerly CAN-BIKE 2) is an advanced course in defensive cycling for commuters and recreational cyclists who may already ride in traffic. This is an adult course for cyclists aged 16 and up with some experience riding on the road. This course will improve your confidence and skill in riding in increasingly challenging traffic situations. This course is quite often a requirement for jobs that involve cycling. Level 3 (Core Cycling Skills), or reasonable cycling experience, is required for this course.

Course objectives:

Upon completion of the course, participants should feel confident to ride regularly and safely for transportation and recreational purposes, in any urban environment.

Course Outline:

Theory:

  • Traffic dynamics - where to ride on the road, principles of traffic flow.
  • Equipment - basic tool kit, bicycle fit, selection, helmets, safety equipment, inspection/safety check.
  • Crashes and collisions - studies and analysis.
  • Puncture repair - patch inner tube, remove/replace tire.
  • Touring theory - riding conditions, physiology, energy systems, nutrition, straight road hazards, gearing, group riding skills.

Road:

  • Group riding - cycling technique, group riding etiquette.
  • Handling skills - straight line, shoulder check, signalling, rock dodge, threshold braking, instant/push turn.
  • Arterial roadways - lane positioning, yielding, left turns, streetcar/railway tracks, turns, lane changes, rotaries, diverges, unions, separations, multi-lanes, heavy traffic.

Cost and length:

  • Course length: up to 12 hours. 
  • Cost: $150/participant.

 

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 properly fitting, certified bike helmet. Course runs rain or shine; be prepared for the weather! 

Women's only courses available; please email to inquire.

 

Read testimonials from previous participants here.

Level 4

There are no up-coming events

 

 

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 120 successful participants since 2012! 79% 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 100 successful participants since 2015! 81% success rate in 2018. 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).

 

2019 Child courses: please note that many courses in 2018 had wait lists. 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 we can accomodate you for the wait listed course. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to email! 

Level 1 Kids

There are no up-coming events

 

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. 

Level 1 Adults

There are no up-coming events

 

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