Safer Cycling Calgary's response to COVID-19

Last updated April 8, 2022

Safer Cycling Calgary takes safety seriously: it's in our name! We have made a number of adjustments over the course of the pandemic and hope to be back to more normal operations in 2022, however, we may need to adjust our processes again. 

We will follow all provincial and municipal requirements, as well as practicing increased physical distancing and hand sanitation regardless. 

Masks are not, at this time, required by staff or participants; staff and participants may choose to wear a mask and we will not tolerate any disrespect in this regard. 

Vaccination is not required for any participants, or those accompanying participants on site. Staff members are all fully vaccinated (with at least 2 doses). 

Hand sanitizer will be provided, and used by staff, before and after contact with participants or participant's bikes. We would appreciate if sanitizer is used before contact with any Safer Cycling Calgary supplies, including pens, as well as before and after visiting playgrounds or the building (toilet). 

We respectfully ask participants and others to maintain physical distancing when possible. We may ask you to move away from your bike if we need to approach. "Speed assist," which involves direct physical contact, will be dependent on instructor and participant comfort and may not be offered. We also request that you attempt to maintain physical distancing from other participants and course attendees who you do not have a pre-existing understanding with. 

Our instructors will not come to work if they are sick: this may result in some courses being cancelled or postponed: you will be offered a refund or an alternate date. If you or your child are sick, if anyone in your home is sick, or you have been in close contact with anyone who is sick, do not come to a course. If you notify us in advance, we will refund your course fee (pro-rated if your course is a multi-day course). No shows will not receive a refund, as per our usual policies. We also pledge to inform you if any of the participants or the instructor of your course become sick after the fact, which we can only do if you advise us if you are one of those participants.

We want to assure you that we are taking necessary precautions to reduce the spread of a dangerous virus, while also respecting our need to stay in business and provide our services to you. Bicycling is a very effective way to not only reduce your exposure to contagious diseases, by being able to get around without being stuck in a box with other people, but also by keeping your body healthy through exercise. Cycling has been shown, through many studies, to be excellent for improving both physical and mental health. Riding your bike to the store or around a park or your neighbourhood will ultimately be better than allowing your body and mind to become vulnerable. For those who can't work from home, and need to get to work, cycling is an effective mode of transportation with built-in physical distancing: no need to touch public surfaces, use public transportation or get in a taxi with a person you don't live with, it improves physical health and mental health as well as reducing pollution: it's a win all around. Please don't be afraid to ride a bike, unless required to stay indoors. 

Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wishing you health and great bicycling, 
Melissa Malejko, owner of Safer Cycling Calgary

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