The Capital Regional District and the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society are partnering up to offer the Ride On! cycling program throughout the region from April to October.
The workshops help novice riders to make cycling a regular part of their lives, as well as help experienced riders fine-tune their skills.
“We want to inspire people to have fun while cycling safely and more often in Canada’s cycling capital,” says Theresa Gulliver, bike skills program manager of the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society.
“These courses are designed to increase your confidence and comfort riding in traffic by teaching you the skills and best practices to enhance your life through fun, safe cycling.”
Nearly 60 courses are available in communities throughout the region. Most courses are delivered at recreation centres. You can also request personalized, specific programs, such as classes for women, immigration and cultural associations.
For adults, the opportunities range from a free one-hour cycling mini workshop for workplace lunch n’ learns, to more comprehensive half-day or full-day bike skills courses. Costs range from $20 to $35.
For kids, the program offers training for grades 6-7 students and a fun-filled three-hour course that teaches kids aged 7-9 essential bike handling and safety skills through games and activities. Kids learn to properly fit their helmet, do a bike safety check, practice good bike handling skills, and ride with more confidence. Cost is $20.
To learn more or register for a course, go online to biketoworkvictoria.ca/bike-skills.