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CAN-BIKE Program Overview
Designed for the more than 14 million Canadians who
ride bicycles, the Canadian Cycling Association's CAN-BIKE
program is a series of courses on all aspects of cycling
safely and enjoyably on the road; it is oriented toward
recreational and utilitarian cycling. The CAN-BIKE cycling
safety program provides a nationally standardized set
of courses that can be taught through a variety of organizations
who are interested in education, safety and health.
CAN-BIKE Instructors are nationally certified highly
skilled cyclists and instructors.
- Kids CAN-BIKE Festival ages 8 – 13, introduces
children to key bicycle handling skills necessary
for safe riding, as well as correct helmet use, checking
bicycles for mechanical problems, and preventing bicycle
thefts. Parents and caregivers work with their children
to develop safe habits and attitudes.
- Kids CAN-BIKE ages 9 to 13 provides 12 hours of
in-class and on-bike instruction, which teaches steering,
signaling, right and left turns, changing gears, braking
and avoiding road hazards. Young cyclists are taught
to ride safely to school or to the local swimming
pool on residential streets. Participants must be
able to ride a bike.
Beginner Adult Courses
- CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 1 ages 14+, 3 hours
on bike learning how to balance, start, stop and turn.
- CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 2 ages 14+, 3 hours
on bike for people who are too unsteady to ride on
streets. You will learn to balance, start, turn and
use your gears with confidence.
Advanced Adult Courses
- CAN-BIKE 1 ages 14+, 12 hours for cyclists who already
ride on residential streets or bike paths. Develop
skills and build confidence in low traffic neighborhoods.
- CAN-BIKE Cycling Freedom for Women ages 14+, 12
hours for women, taught by women. Similar to CAN-BIKE
1, but addresses specific concerns such as security
at night and riding with children.
- CAN-BIKE Rural Cycling ages 14+, 6 or 12 hours,
for the rural resident or the cyclist who intends
to do a lot of rural riding. Develop skills and build
confidence while learning the challenges specific
to rural cycling.
- CAN-BIKE 2 ages 14+, 18 hours of advanced skill
and knowledge development in defensive cycling for
commuter and recreational cyclists who already ride
in traffic. Includes classroom bike handling skills
and riding in all traffic conditions. This course
will improve your skill and confidence in riding in
challenging traffic situations. CAN-BIKE 1 is not
a pre-requisite for CAN-BIKE 2. This certificate course
is quite often a requirement for jobs that involve
cycling and a pre-requisite for many bike squad members
- CAN-BIKE Commuter Cycling Skills
One-day course for urban cyclists
Cycling to school or work offers significant challenges
to both novice and experienced cyclists. This course
concentrates on helping all cyclists recognise common
road hazards and what to do about them.
This one-day course augments the skills of recreational
and commuter cyclists who want to improve their
competence and comfort level in traffic. Traffic
problems are presented, then ridden through and
discussed. Participants also learn more about the
legal status of bicycles and essential bicycle handling
Section I - Classroom:
2. Highway Traffic Act - rights and responsibilities.
3. Traffic Dynamics - the basics for making good
decisions in traffic.
4. Helmet Fit and Safety Equipment.
Section II - Practical:
1. Bike Check.
2. Bike Handling skills - how to be predictable
and avoid collisions.
3. On-road riding skills - on major arterial roads.