CAN-BIKE Commuter Cycling Skills Course

Lethbridge, AB, May 26, 2018, 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
$30 course fee for participants
$20 for students/low-income/under-employed
Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Do you feel uncomfortable riding your bicycle in traffic?
Want to become a confident, everyday cyclist on Lethbridge streets?
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 learn to bike competently and confidently in traffic, and this CAN-BIKE course will increase your comfort level and confidence — from quiet residential roads to the busiest streets of downtown Lethbridge.

This introductory CAN-BIKE course is 4 to 5 hours. You will do about an hour of online homework prior to the instructor-led training that focuses on just the essential skills and knowledge for commuters.
This one-day session will run from 12:30 pm to 5:00pm at the LSCO Meeting Room located at 500 – 11 Street South. The course runs rain or shine, so you will need to dress accordingly. You will need to bring water, a snack, and gear for rain, or sun — and your ready-to-ride bike, of course!

The cost of the course is $30, with a discount available ($10) for students or low-income earners. We anticipate demand will be high and spots will be limited. Register today to secure your spot!

Course Agenda (Proposed Timeline)

1) Kick-off 12:30 – 1:00 PM
• Registration review
• Introductions
• Homework Review

2) Safety Review 1:00 – 2:00 PM
• Helmet Information and Fit
• Brain in a Crash
• Bicycle Adjustment and Fit
• Bicycle Inspection- ABC Quick Check
• Rules of the Road
• Lane positioning and predictability
• Route Planning
• Traffic Principles

3) Handling Skills (on bike)
Parking Lot 2:00 – 3:00 PM
• Shoulder Checks
• Turning (Signaling)
• Gearing
Concurrent Topics (during Handling Skills)
• Safety equipment (lights, bells, etc.)
• Clothing and carrying things
• Bike parts
• Bike types and uses
• Bike security (parking and locking your bike)

4) On Road 3:00 – 4:30 PM
• Intersections (positioning)
• Cycling Specific Infrastructure

5) Next Steps & Recap 4:30 – 5:00 PM
• Practice tips
• CAN-BIKE Programs
• Questions
• Debrief
• Course evaluation