It is our belief that cycling is a critical life skill and just knowing how to get balanced and pedal isn’t the end of learning: there’s a lot more to learn and we have courses to teach you. At Safer Cycling Calgary, we 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. Whether you want to learn to ride a bike for the first time, are an experienced bicycle commuter, or something in between, we have a course that will teach you something.
We are the only business in Alberta offering a full range of bicycling courses to the public.
Current course offerings:
– First Time is a learn to ride course for those who haven’t yet learned to ride a bike. For children aged 4-13 or adults 14 years or older.
– Beginner, the pathway course, is for those who can already ride but aren’t confident enough to ride on the pathways yet (age 14+).
– Novice is a short course for cyclists 7 years or older to learn basic handling skills and be introduced to very quiet residential roads.
– Intermediate, the most valuable course we offer, will teach cyclists how to ride on residential roads. Because bike infrastructure will never go from every front door to every destination, you will have to ride on the road at some point in time. Available for kids aged 9-15, as a summer camp for kids aged 9-15, for families or for adults 14 years of age or older.
– Advanced builds on Intermediate knowledge and skills to enable cyclists to ride on busier roads including downtown. This course is only available for those aged 16 or more.
Safer Cycling Calgary is owned by a born and raised Calgary woman. Founded in 2011, we have now taught over 380 people how to ride a bike and improved the skills of over 100 cyclists. We have seen first hand the power of the bicycle: this simple machine is terrifying, joyful, challenging, empowering, liberating and a ridiculous amount of fun. Learning how to ride a bike requires a willingness to override one’s fear of falling, and learn to use the body in ways unlike anything else. Once balance is mastered, then the cyclist must learn how to control the bicycle and rules for riding the bicycle. Finally comes the freedom to propel oneself along, literally feeling the wind in your face (and the rest of the weather) and using only your muscles to transport yourself on incredible journeys or routine travels.
The team at Safer Cycling Calgary has seen it all: tiny 4 year olds through octogenarians; tears of panic and tears of joy. Mostly we’ve seen the thrill of learning new skills and the joy a bicycle brings.
You don’t know what you don’t know but we can teach you what we know.