Helping people become safer cyclists. Courses for ages 4 and up from the never-ever through advanced adult bicycling. We also have summer day camps for kids. Our professional, fun instructors ensure your bicycling skills improve so that you can safely ride your bike for recreation, exercise, and/or transportation.
The 2020/21 Experience at Safer Cycling Calgary
We take safety seriously: it's right in our name! Virtually all Safer Cycling Calgary courses are outdoors: this reduces the risk immensely. All courses are done in a small group format (4-6 participants depending on level) with one exception: Novice. The Novice course would normally accept up to 15 participants per instructor; capacity could be reduced but we have suspended delivery of this course. Small group sizes means physical distancing is easy, especially in our normal course locations (community paved outdoor rinks), but we have also implemented the following adjustments: - participants in First Time courses for children will continue to require a parent/caregiver on site but that adult will now be responsible for involvement such as adjusting helmet fit and providing "push assist;" - participants in First Time courses for adults will be responsible for adjusting their own helmet fit and will not be provided "push assist;" - participants/caregivers will be provided with hand sanitizer/disinfecting wipes to use before & after using any shared equipment, such as tools; - instructors will reduce contact with participants' equipment and ensure the use of hand sanitizer before and after necessary contact - group discussions will be modified to allow increased distance between participants and will not involve "interaction" in the form of participant demonstration. More details are available on our website.
Melissa Malejko, Owner, Cycling Instructor
Founded in 2011, Safer Cycling Calgary is unique in it's offerings and focus on the education of cyclists from the young to the young at heart. With a range of courses, there's a program for just about everyone.
A born and raised Calgarian, everyone Melissa knew could ride a bike. Imagine her surprise when the demand for the First Time course far exceeded all other courses combined! No longer naive, Melissa is now proud that the business she started has been able to help people overcome fears, achieve dreams, conquer fears, and give so many others the freedom to ride their bike wherever and whenever they want without being afraid. Melissa is passionate about cycling and excited to share her knowledge with others.
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"If opportunity knocks and you don't answer, it's not going to come back with a pizza." - Melissa Malejko
Is Safer Cycling Calgary technology free? Yes
It is difficult to use devices when you are riding a bike.
At times, I've looked back at my life and wondered "how did I get here?" If you'd asked me at any point before 2009 what I was going to do in the future, being a cycling instructor wouldn't even have crossed my mind.
One of my favourite songs is Life Is A Highway by Tom Cochrane - very much a song associated with taking a road trip in an auto, but look closely at the lyrics and it can be applied to bicycling as well.
Life's like a road that you travel on
When there's one day here and the next day gone
Sometimes you bend sometimes you stand
Sometimes you turn your back to the wind
There's a world outside every darkened door
Where blues won't haunt you anymore
Where the brave are free and lovers soar
Come ride with me to the distant shore
We won't hesitate break down the garden gate
There's not much time left today
Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I want to drive it all night long
I have never been one to fold under pressure, always focusing on moving forward. In high school I developed a saying which sums up my approach to life: "if opportunity knocks and you don't answer, it's not going to come back with a pizza." I have few regrets and fewer moments I wish I could change in my past.
The road that led to this point in my life didn't follow the route I expected, but it always included a bicycle. I don't know what the future holds, but I expect my journey will always include a trusty 2-wheeled form of transportation. Care to join me for a ride?