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September 1, 2000
City Offers CAN-BIKE Cycling Safety Courses this Fall
The City of Toronto's Cycling Committee is now accepting students for September
and October CAN-BIKE courses. The courses are designed to upgrade an
individual's cycling skills or for those who want to learn how to ride a
bicycle. CAN-BIKE is a national program, co-ordinated by the Canadian Cycling
Association, designed to teach cyclists everything they need to know about
riding safely in traffic. There are a limited number of courses still being
offered at various community centres throughout the city.

The CAN-BIKE program includes basic and advanced courses for children and
adults. They are offered at various community centres throughout Toronto from
June to October each year. Costs range from $40 - $75 (tax included) for each

All instructors are fully accredited in CAN-BIKE, are knowledgeable about the
Highway Traffic Act and have advanced cycling skills. Bicycles are considered
vehicles under the provincial Highway Traffic Act, giving cyclists the same
rights and duties as drivers. The Toronto Cycling Committee and the City of
Toronto's Road and Trail Safety Ambassadors run the largest CAN-BIKE program in

CAN-BIKE 2 - An advanced course in defensive cycling for commuters and
recreational cyclists. (Pre-requisite for instructor training)
CAN-BIKE 1 - A basic course for cyclists who usually ride on residential
streets or bike paths.
CAN-BIKE Cycling Freedom for Women - A course for women, taught by women, which
covers basics for cyclists who usually ride on residential streets or bike
Kids CAN-BIKE Course- For young cyclists riding on neighbourhood streets. (Ages
9 to 13)
Adult Learn to Ride 1 - A course designed for adults who cannot ride a bike.
Learn to balance, start, stop and turn.
Adult Learn to Ride 2 - A course designed for adults who are too unbalanced to
ride on streets.

CAN-BIKE is also seeking instructors for its 2001 course season. If you are an
experienced cyclist and are interested in teaching, contact the CAN-BIKE
hotline at 416-392-1311 or e-mail Successful
completion of CAN-BIKE 2 and further instructor training is a prerequisite for
instructing CAN-BIKE courses.

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