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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 the course descriptions.

CAN-BIKE Level 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.

Date Time Notes
Monday Sept. 17 6 - 8 p.m. Registration number 9021 (for adults )
Wednesday Sept. 19 6 - 8 p.m. Registration number 9022 (for youth) 

CAN-BIKE Level 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.

Date Time Notes
Tuesday Sept. 25 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Registration number 9023

CAN-BIKE Level 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.

More courses to be offered in the spring.

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

This course will increase cyclists' abilities, knowledge and confidence of riding on roads.  This is the standard course for adult cyclists to learn and practice safe and effective cycling.  This course it taken by recreational and commuter cyclists, and those who cycle for work - including Waterloo bicycle by-law patrol officers.  Online, in-class and on-bike components are included. Prerequisite: some cycling experience on roads and being able to demonstrate ability/skill to handle and maneuver your bike on first day or be a graduate of CAN-BIKE Level 3. Competitive youth cyclists may be accepted into this course. Email 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 $95.  

Date Time Notes
Thursday Sept. 6,
Saturday Sept. 8
Friday Sept. 14
5:00-7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Registration number 9024

 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 family account. If you have not registered before, please visit our ActiveWaterloo page and select Create An Account.

Once you have your login information saved, enter the course registration number listed in the above charts and follow the instructions.

Register with ActiveWaterloo

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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