Safer Cycling Calgary is a Calgary owned and operated business dedicated to delivering CAN-BIKE courses to people of all ages. 

We are the only business in Alberta offering the full range of CAN-BIKE courses to the public.

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Course offerings: 

  • Level 1 (Learn to Ride/Fundamentals of Cycling) for children (age 4-13) or adults (14 and up). Also Level 1B for adults (14 and up).
  • Level 2 (Cycling Basics/Bike Rodeo) for age 7 and up (including adults).
  • Level 3 (Core Cycling Skills) for kids (age 9-15), adults (16 and up), families (parent with one or more child aged 9 or older), or women only (age 16 and up).
  • Level 4 (Advanced Cycling Skills) for adults (16 and up) or women only (16 and up).


Meet the team

Melissa Malejko is the owner and a Certified CAN-BIKE Instructor (Levels 1-4). Certified in 2011, I am currently the only fully certified CAN-BIKE Instructor with Safer Cycling Calgary.

I have taught nearly 195 people how to ride a bike in the last 7 years with the youngest being 4 and the oldest 84. In addition, I have taken over 80 people on the road through courses that I was involved in. I am pursuing Master Instructor status and will soon be able to offer the Level 5 (Instructor training) course. My city bike is a Norco Plateau (bigger than the one pictured and beige in colour) Melissa Old Bikeand I also have an older Norco Bigfoot for mountain biking. You'll be able to recognize me because I always wear a zebra helmet cover. 

On a more personal level, I am a born and raised Calgarian, mom to one wonderful daughter, passionate about active transportation, and a pet lover (currently have a one-eyed dog, a cat with moderate-severe cerebellar hypoplasia, and 4 fish). When I'm not teaching courses, you may find me volunteering at my daughter's school, fostering animals (mostly kittens and cats), gardening, camping, watching CFL football games, biking for fun (city or mountain), snowshoeing, downhill skiing or ice skating (depending on the season). 

My parents bought me a bike with training wheels for my 7th birthday - in January!! I did a lot of laps of the basement before it was nice enough to take it outside. I don't remember the process of taking off the training wheels, but it happened that year, because 2 days before my school picture that September, I fell off and cut my lip and skinned my leg pretty badly (photo evidence). It didn't stop me, and I've been riding ever since.

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I believe in life-long learning and that there is always something new to learn. My personal goals this year: improve figure 8 in a parking stall, learn how to do a wheelie (on my mountain bike), kick my fear of the balance beam at the Chestermere bike park, attempt/master weave poles on my bike. (Note; these goals were for 2018 and I was too busy to get to these goals!) In 2019, I will also be taking some mountain bike courses and am considering timing to take ski instructor certification training in the next few years. 


Sasha Petrashina is an Instructor In Training, having completed the Level 5 course in 2018. She is an experienced cyclist and accomplished at teaching Level 1 courses (45 participants).