Introduction to CAN-BIKE
Designed for the more than 14 million Canadians who ride bicycles, Cycling Canada’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.
The premise of the courses is that a bicycle is safest when it is operated as a vehicle on the road. Because the bicycle is smaller, lighter and slower than other vehicles, a cyclist must develop skills that allow for assertive, but safe and responsible behavior. The CAN-BIKE Courses teach defensive riding skills, traffic analysis skills, and collision avoidance techniques. They also provide the basics on safe equipment, and a basic bike inspection. Regardless of your experience, CAN-BIKE will make your cycling more effective, and give you a greater sense of confidence and control in traffic.
About the CAN-BIKE Program
The Cycling Canada’s CAN-BIKE program is a series of courses on all aspects of cycling safely and enjoyably on the road. Program development is coordinated through two national committees. Course delivery and administration takes place through CAN-BIKE Delivery Agents, such as provincial and territorial cycling associations, regional instructor committees, community associations, municipal departments, service groups and the efforts of individual instructors.
Cycling Canada Cyclisme
Cycling Canada Cyclisme is the internationally recognized body responsible for the organization and promotion of cycling in Canada. Cycling Canada is the umbrella organization for provincial and territorial cycling federations or associations, who promote cycling for all bicycle users.
Cycling Canada develops and supports the CAN-BIKE program through the Education Steering Committee and Education Standards Sub-Committee. These national bodies ensure that there are standardized materials and certificates, maintain records on all instructors and CAN-BIKE 2 graduates, and distribute an instructor newsletter.
Provincial and Territorial Cycling Associations and Federations
Each province and territory is represented by a cycling association or federation that acts as the umbrella organization for local cycling clubs and organizations. The provincial and territorial organizations support regional CAN-BIKE Instructor Committees.
The provincial and territorial bodies maintain records of instructor activity and CAN-BIKE graduates. Depending on resources and demand, or in the absence of a local body, they may also serve as CAN-BIKE Delivery Agents.