Getting Started

Calgarians ride their bikes to work, to school, to run errands and just for the sheer fun of riding.

If you are already riding your bike then you know the many benefits – but if you’re new to this idea of using a bike as a mode of transportation, make the transition easier and fun by planning ahead:

  • Buy a new bike or get down that bike you’ve had forever and take it in for a tune up.
  • Make a check-list of what you’ll need to make your bike into your new vehicle. The options are endless but here’s a list to start – a bell, reflective tape, lights for the front and back of your bike, water bottle cage, bike rack, basket or panniers, a bike repair kit, and a rear-view mirror.
  • Create a map of your destination.
  • Test ride your new destination on the weekend so you’re ready to go on the day it matters.
  • There’s no rush. Start slow and easy by riding one day/week to build up your confidence and your cardio.
  • If you live more than 5km away from school or work, consider transit options that will make your commute even easier.
  • Feeling rusty on the rules of the road? Brush up or take Bike Calgary’s Commuter Cycling Skills course.
  • Have lots of questions about starting? Check out our Tips for Riders.
  • Look out for bike clubs and events in your community such as Cyclepalooza or Bike to Work day.

Most of the trips we make each day are within 5 km of our home which means they are well within cycling distance. Riding your bike will save you transit costs, gas, parking, have zero impact on air quality, will reduce noise pollution and you’ll participate in a healthy, active lifestyle with every push of your pedals.