Do you want to be able to treat almost every street in the city as a bike route?
You don't have to be a lycra-clad roadie to ride your bike to work. In fact, you don't have to be an athlete at all. We believe anyone can quickly learn to bike competently and confidently on our roads, and we offer a fun and effective way to do so. Modeled after the rigorous CAN-BIKE courses and taught by CAN-BIKE accredited instructors, our one-day urban cycling skills course will increase your comfort level and confidence when navigating all sorts of streets—from quiet residential avenues to the busiest streets of downtown Calgary.
The CAN-BIKE courses are two and a half days each, making for a big time commitment. Through 'distance learning' and by focusing on just the essential skills and knowledge for commuters, we reduced the course duration to just 8 hours—taught in a one-day session. But to do this, we need you to do some pre-course homework (expect it to take a good 4-7 hours). (If you want to learn how to repair your bike, we recommend a course from the U of C's Outdoor Centre.)
Our one-day sessions run from 8:45 to 17:00 at Mountain Equipment Co-op on 10 Ave at 8 St SW, rain or shine, so you will need to dress accordingly. You will need to bring a bag lunch, and rain gear - and your bike, of course!
Our 2013 courses are offered on the fourth Saturday of each month from May to September (May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28). Participants must be 18 years of age or older, although youths 14+ may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also participating in the course.
Our goal is to provide our Urban Cycling Skills courses at minimal cost. Successful participants pay only $10 for the course (free for Friends of Bike Calgary -- contact us for a special discount code), plus a $40 registration deposit that is refunded when you successfully complete the course. (Should this deposit be too high for you, even though you're going to get the $40 back, please contact us and we'll work something out). If you don't pass the course on the first try, you'll receive a credit for a future course - we want to provide you with another opportunity to advance your skills to a comfortable level.
Based on the high demand in 2012, this year we have doubled our instructors and increased our capacity per class, but spots will still be limited. Register early to secure the date that works best for you.
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This course is made possible by a generous donation from Mountain Equipment Co-op Calgary. Note: MEC is not supplying bikes for use in this course. Stop by their store, or one of the other local bike shops in Calgary, and pick up a bike before the course.