Learn safe and effective biking at free Saturday course

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CAN-BIKE level 2 course offered in Almonte

submitted by Jill McCubbin

Cycling Canada’s CAN-BIKE program is a series of progressive courses taught on all aspects of cycling – to ride safely, effectively, and enjoyably on the road. Some courses are for adults and some for children and youth. Program development is coordinated through Cycling Canada, with help from National Examiners/Instructors. Course delivery and administration takes place through CAN-BIKE Delivery Agents, such as community associations, municipal departments, service groups and the efforts of independent instructors.

The Mississippi Mills ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION Advisory Committee (ATAC) has organized the delivery of a CAN-BIKE level 2 course in Almonte this weekend as part of the Ontario 150 Celebrate by Bike project. Under this program, Ontario’s Share the Road pays for the instructor’s fee and Mississippi Mills residents learn new skills! Details are as follows:

What: CanBIKE Level 2 course for adults (16 years and over) who can bike but want to improve their skills riding on the road/in traffic. This course will be taught in Almonte by certified CanBIKE instructor, Graydon Patterson

When: Saturday, November 4 at 9am. The full course will be approximately 4 hours.

Where: Meet at The Mills Community Support back parking lot – 67 Industrial Drive, Almonte

Cost: FREE!

One of ATAC’s main goals is to build education around road safety for people who drive, bike, walk and run. To this end, the committee will be bringing as many CAN-BIKE courses to town as possible until a few of our residents are certified to a Level 4 Can-BIKE. Having Level 4 Can-BIKE instructors in our own town will be a boon for all future local education programs. Watch for a bike rodeo / CAN-BIKE level 2 program for school age children in the spring of 2018!

Cyclists who graduate from the Level 4 course can contribute greatly to Canada’s growing ranks of cycling instructors. Most CAN-BIKE instructors’ interest in cycling education started when they took their first CAN-BIKE course. Taking the Level 2 course this Saturday is the first step to being more qualified and more confident! The Level 2 course is a ‘hands-on’ class, meaning students will need:

  • a bike
  • a helmet
  • the basics of how to ride a bike
  • Identification
  • a water bottle (suggested)

The focus is to take students from a ‘learned to ride’ state to being very comfortable riding their bicycle. Where possible, rides will be on pathways, or very quiet residential roads. The general format is going over helmet and bike fit/safety, then parking lot skills,  theory on bicycle-traffic interaction, then a ride.

Those who are free on Saturday November 4 at 9am and want to be a part of this program, please contact Robbie Brady at 613-324-6486 or email robebrady@gmail.com (or alternatively Jill McCubbin at jillkmc@gmail.com)

The program is only open to six individuals this time around, so please don’t delay!