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CAN-BIKE Program

City of Waterloo

Cycling Canada's CAN-BIKE program is a series of courses on all aspects of cycling safety and enjoyment on the road. It is oriented toward recreational and utilitarian cycling. More information about each course can be found at Below is a list of course offerings in 2017 in Waterloo. Please note, additional courses will be offered in the Fall of 2017. Details to follow.

CAN-BIKE 1 - Fundamental of Cycling (age 9 years and up)

This course will cover all the information and fundamental skills needed to get on a bicycle and ride comfortably. There will be on and off instruction and no on-road component. The cost is $35.

Thursday, July 6, 20176 p.m. - 8 p.m.Registration number: 196779
Thursday July 27, 20176 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Registration number: 196780

CAN-BIKE 2 - Cycling Basics and Bike Rodeo (age 9 years and up)

This course will be in the form of a bike rodeo - an interactive and fun course to learn the fundamentals of cycling. There will be on and off bike instruction, no on-road instruction for kids, but adults may have calm on-road component dependent on ability. Cost is $40.

Thursday, July 20, 20175 p.m. - 8 p.m.Registration number: 196781
Thursday, August 24, 20175 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Registration number: 196782

CAN-BIKE 3 - Core Cycling Skills (age 9 years and up)

Learn traffic handling skills and the rules of the road. After completion, students should feel comfortable cycling on residential and some urban streets. Online and on bike components are included. Prerequisite: must be able to demonstrate ability/skill on first day or have completed CAN-BIKE 2. Cost is $60.


Thursday, June 8, 2017 and

Saturday, June 10, 2017

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Thursday)

12 noon - 4:30 p.m. (Saturday)

Registration number: 196783 

Thursday, July 13, 2017 and

Saturday, July 15, 2017

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Thursday)

12 noon - 4:30 p.m. (Saturday) 

Registration number: 196784

CAN-BIKE 4 - Advanced Cycling Skills (age 15 years and up - with some exceptions)

This course will increase experienced cyclists' abilities and knowledge of riding effectively through all forms of infrastructure. This is the standard course for adult cyclists (especially those in leadership positions including police, teachers and recreational workers) to learn and practice safe and effective cycling. Online and on-bike components are included. Prerequisite: some cycling experience, able to demonstrate ability/skill on first day or be a graduate of CAN-BIKE 3. Competitive youth cyclists may be accepted into this course. Contact the project manager indicated at the top of this page for more information. This course is also the prerequisite to the Level 5 Instructor Training Course. Anyone planning on enrolling in the Level 5 program must inform the instructor on the first day, complete a written and practical test during this course and earn a recommendation from the instructor. Cost is $90.  


Thursday, June 15, 2017 and

Thursday, June 22, 2017 and

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Thursday)

5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Thursday)

12 noon - 5 p.m. (Saturday)

Registration number: 196785 

Thursday, August 10, 2017 and

Thursday, August 17, 2017 and

Saturday, August 19, 2017

6 p.m - 8 p.m. (Thursday)

5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Thursday)

12 noon - 5 p.m. (Saturday)

Registration number: 196786

Participant requirements:

  • Bicycle in good working condition with a bell or horn, lock and approved bicycle helmet
  • No student can be allowed to do the on-bike portions of this course (or any CAN-BIKE course) on an unsafe bicycle - defective brakes, steering, headsets or loose assembly of seat or handlebars, or without wearing a certified bicycle helmet - as the safety of the entire group is at risk as well as the safety of that student
  • Participants must sign a student registration and liability waiver before participating in the program


To get started, you need a personal identification number (PIN) and client numbers. If you have not registered before, please call the registration desk at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex at 519-886-1177 to set up an account.

Once you have your PIN and client number, register online using ExpressReg. 

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 Enter the course registration number listed in the above charts and follow the instructions.

Course location

The course is held at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. The in-class portion of the course will be held in the either the Kiwanis Room (201) or the Bauer Room (202) and the outdoor, as well as the on-road portion of the class, will be held in the west parking lot. Details will be provided upon registration.

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