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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2018 schedule now available!

View upcoming courses (starting in May).

Don't see a course you want? Contact us to have your name added to a waiting list. Have a group? Contact us to schedule your choice of course at a time that works for you! Register for courses on the course page (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 - kids, family, adult, Level 4).



Courses are added regularly due to demand: check back or contact if none of these dates work for you.

little-girl-on-bike-portrait-with-momWe at Safer Cycling Calgary value your safety when you're riding your bike. It's for this reason that we offer a number of different courses, depending on your age, level of ability, and cycling goals.



Level 1: Fundamentals of Cycling aka Learn to Ride

Fundamentals of Cycling is a course for those who cannot ride a bike. You will learn to balance, start, stop and turn. Child ages 4+ or Adult 14+ available.

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Level 1B: Fundamentals of Pathway Cycling 

Fundamentals of Pathway Cycling is a course for those who already can ride a bike, but do not have the skill or confidence to ride on the pathways. 

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Level 2: Cycling Basics

Cycling Basics is a short course for anyone (age 7+) to improve their bike handling skills. Participants must be able to ride without training wheels, start and stop on their own. Praents are encouraged to attend with their children!

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Level 3: Core Cycling Skills (previously known as CAN-BIKE 1 or Kids CAN-BIKE)

Core Cycling Skills will introduce all participants to the basics of riding their bike for transportation. Topics include route planning, basic maintenance, basic handling skills and riding on residential streets. NOTE: this is not a "learn to ride" course, and all cyclists must be able to ride without significant wobbling. Saddleridge course is for kids.

Courses available for kids (age 9-15), families (adults with kids 9+), or adults (age 16+).


Level 4: Advanced Cycling Skills (previously known as CAN-BIKE 2)

Advanced Cycling Skills is for cyclists aged 16 and up who may already ride on the road. This is an advanced course to improve your confidence and skill in increasingly challenging traffic situations. NOTE: Level 3, or proof of equivalent skill and knowledge, is a prerequisite to this course. 

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