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The Kids CAN-BIKE course is taught in a variety of formats, but the same material is taught in each course. Here is the basic outline. Material taught is appropriate to the ability and needs of students. This course is accredited by Cycling Canada.
*As appropriate to students’ skill level and availability of teaching locations in local neighbourhoods.
Upon completion, participants receive a CAN-BIKE certificate card.
The Kids’ CAN-BIKE Festival is a playground-based event that introduces children to key bike handling skills they will need to ride safely on the road. The Festival is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 7. It is the first step in the Cycling Canada CAN-BIKE Program.
It is important that children go on from the Festival to participate in the Kids’ CAN-BIKE on-road course for 9 to 14 year olds. The CAN-BIKE Program teaches that the bicycle is a vehicle and a cyclist has all the rights and responsibilities of other road users.
You can co-teach the on-road course to children with a certified instructor, if you have your CAN-BIKE 2 certificate and have participated in the Kids CAN-BIKE Seminar. Contact your provincial cycling association for a course near you.
The skills developed in the Kids CAN-BIKE Festival address major injury prevention concerns for children age eight and older. A key group are 10-to-12-year-olds. Most cycling falls and collisions are preventable. As with swimming lessons, an investment now in cycling training can pay off in the prevention of serioius injury and lead to greater enjoyment of cycling.
Cycling is a life-long activity that contributes to fitness and good health. By cycling, people can make a direct contribution to the environment and can begin to see their neighbourhood and community in a whole new way. Most important, though, cycling is fun. With this course, cyclists begin the training they need to overcome the fear of traffic and other barriers that prevent people from cycling and being able to experience the joy of moving the body and propelling it through space on a bicycle.
The Kids CAN-BIKE Festival targets bicycle safety where it can do the most good.
The guiding principle of the Festival is discovery. Often, bike education is either competitive or rule based. Sometimes, it emphasizes fun without addressing safety directly. The Kids CAN-BIKE Festival keeps the fun, but also provides substance.
Bike security station:
For children 5 – 7 years old and their parents/caregivers:
CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 1 is a course for adults who cannot ride a bike. You will learn to balance, start, stop and turn. 1 – 2 persons per course. 3 hours.
CAN-BIKE Adult Learn to Ride 2 is a course for adults who are too unsteady to ride on streets. You will learn to balance, start, turn and use your gears with confidence. 1 – 2 persons per course. 3 hours.
The CAN-BIKE 1 course is taught in a variety of formats, but the same material is taught in each course. Here is the basic outline. Material taught is appropriate to the ability and needs of the students. The course is accredited by Cycling Canada.
* As appropriate to students’ skill level and availability of teaching locations in local neighbourhoods.
Upon completion, participants will receive a CAN-BIKE certificate card.
CAN-BIKE Cycling Freedom for Women is a course for women, taught by women. The course content is similar to CAN-BIKE 1, but addresses specific concerns such as security at night and riding with children. Content includes: how traffic works, riding with children, proper cycling equipment, basic maintenance, bike handling skills, group riding, riding on quiet streets and minor arterials. 12 hours
Classroom or outdoors:
Traffic dynamics and principles of traffic flow – positioning on road, within lane and within intersection, lane choice, residential and pedestrian style turns, single streetcar/railway tracks.
Riding conditions and energy basics – health issues for women cyclists, personal security, riding with/supervising children.
Equipment basics – helmets, bike selection, how bikes work, bike parts, bike fit, safety equipment, ABC Quick Check, bike security, basic maintenance, tool kit, lubrication, flats.
Group riding skills – cycling technique, group riding etiquette.
Handling skills – straight line riding, shoulder checking, signalling, rock dodge, quick stop, slalom, gearing.
Riding on residential streets – entering the roadway, position within lane, parked cars, lane choice and changes, yielding right of way, intersections, right turns, right turn only lanes*, residential left turns, pedestrian style left turns, crossing streetcar/railway tracks*.
Review of security issues in on-road situations.
* As appropriate to student skill level and class time.
Rural Cycling is a new course that provides an in-depth look at riding outside urban areas. The course is for the rural resident and the urban resident who tours in rural areas.
This one or two day course, depending on options chosen, helps you understand the unique conditions of rural riding, including traffic dynamics, bicycle touring, group riding, energy basics, riding conditions and how to use trailers.
But that’s not all! You’ll learn about rural cycling issues related to gravel roads, small bridges and cattle guards, pavement-gravel transitions, road shoulder hazards, rumble strips and motorist overtaking errors. You’ll learn how to deal with situations from both the cyclist’s and motorist’s viewpoint.
The Rural Cycling course is taught in a variety of formats depending on the abilities and needs of the participants and the amount of time allocated. This course is accredited by Cycling Canada.
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 techniques.