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Safer Cycling Calgary

Safer Cycling Calgary  

  • Type:
    Day camp, After-school / weekend classes, Family programs
  • Focus:
  • Cost:
    $80 to $275/program
  • Ages:
    4 to 99
  • Gender:
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  • Capacity:
    4 to 6
  • Programs:
    0 available; 6 TBD
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  • Summary Profile

    About Safer Cycling Calgary

    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.
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    • Special needs: Not available

    COVID-19 Response 

    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). 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 may be offered "push assist" depending on instructor; - participants in First Time courses for adults will be responsible for adjusting their own helmet fit and may not be provided "push assist," depending on the instructor; - 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. Last updated July 1, 2021.

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Safer Cycling Calgary currently has 0 program available; 6 TBD.

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    Ages: 16 - 18+
    Ages: 16 - 18+
    Ages: 9 - 15
    Ages: 4 - 13
    Ages: 14 - 18+
    Day Camp
    Ages: 9 - 15

  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    Editor's Review

    Three Things: Safer Cycling Calgary

    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Safer Cycling Calgary

    User reviews of Safer Cycling Calgary  — Read all 9 reviews

    Learning how to change lanes on a busy road
    Niko (Camp alumni)

    The instructor gave concise and constructive feedback. Melissa was great at communication and being supportive while I was on the road. I liked how she gave me options depending on my own comfort level on the road. The most valuable learning experience was learning how to change lanes on a busy road with 3+ lanes. (Advanced ... Read More

    I am very confident when I am on my bike now
    Teresa (Camp alumni)

    I really enjoyed taking this course with Melissa, I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone! Whether you’re totally new to bike riding (like I was) or you have years of experience, I think it is so important to have knowledge regarding the rules of the road. As cyclists, we need to be treated as drivers of vehicles and the only way we can confidently do so is by having an understanding of our rights and the rules that apply to us. I am very confident when I am on my bike now. I love riding to my destination instead of sitting on a bus or driving a car, I really hope to take the more advanced lessons with Melissa in the future. She makes learning fun and instills confidence in all of her riders. Happy riding! (Intermediate Adult ... Read More

    Your genuine passion for cycling is so awesome
    Lindsay (Camp alumni)

    Thanks so much again for everything Melissa!!! I wouldn't have learned how to ride a bike without you. Your patience, encouragement, instruction, knowledge, positivity and everything made such a huge difference and really helped build my confidence. I got a ways to go but I'm headed in the right direction and I now know that I can do it so I've just gotta keep going and practice practice practice! Thank you for sharing all the tips and insight as well, your genuine passion for cycling is so awesome and inspiring. (First Time Adult ... Read More

    You are surrounded by people in the same skill set
    Angela (Camp alumni)

    I had always felt left behind, during my childhood and into my adulthood, when all my family and friends could ride bikes and go on rides. After hearing about this adult learn-to-ride, I was hopeful that I could finally join the masses who cycle without any thought or effort. I loved that the group was relatively small, and the outdoor rink setting was a perfect place to feel safe and contained! Melissa was so positive, encouraging and helpful. Now I can ride! I would highly recommend this class if you are learning to ride a bike, as you are surrounded by people in the same skill set (or lack of skill set), and as a group, we all conquered our fear of riding a bike by ourselves. (First Time Adult ... Read More

    I have not stopped riding
    Philomen (Camp alumni)

    I was unsure about taking this course at first but, am extremely pleased I did, especially seeing that I was not the only adult in the world who could not ride a bicycle. Learning with others who were in the same boat with me is one of the reasons why I believe that I succeeded. Melissa is truly just loveable and encouraging, which helped me learn to ride at my own pace, and I have not stopped riding ever since. Melissa is not only patient, detailed, as well as tends to each individual’s needs but also just makes you feel like you can do anything. I am sincerely grateful for the experience and very happy to be able to now ride with my daughter. (First Time Adult ... Read More

    The instructor was wonderful in explaining things
    Jacqueline (Parent)

    The course was very informative and the instructor was wonderful in explaining things to the kids. (Intermediate Child)

    Highly recommend this program
    Shamez (Parent)

    I enrolled my 5 year old son for the learn to ride program taught by Melissa - she provided an outstanding 1/2 day riding course starting from the basics, and by the end by son was riding on his own and thoroughly enjoying it - highly recommend Melissa and this program for parents wanting to get their kids riding on their own! (First Time Child ... Read More

    Many thanks
    Valerie (Parent)

    Many thanks from a grateful mom!! (Intermediate Child)

    Thank you so much... for sharing your magic
    Nalini (Parent)

    Thank you so much for your patience, for sharing your magic and teaching Yasha how to ride! He is so proud and happy to be able to get even better now! (First Time Child)

  • Location & Site Details


    Calgary, AB
    Harrow Place SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2V 3A9
    Calgary, AB
    1204 89 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T2V 0W4


    Is Safer Cycling Calgary technology free? Yes It is difficult to use devices when you are riding a bike.

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    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. 

    Courses currently offered: 

    • First Time (also known as learn to ride) for kids aged 4-13 and adults aged 14 and up. It's never too late to learn!
    • Beginner for teens and adults to learn how to ride on the pathways.
    • Novice teaches basic handling skills to all cyclists 7 or older. A short, fun course. 
    • Intermediate is the most important course offered: learn how to safely ride on residential roads. Adults only, kids only, kids summer camps and family versions available. 
    • Advanced for those 16 and up to learn how to ride on progressively more complicated road situations. 

    "If opportunity knocks and you don't answer, it's not going to come back with a pizza." - Melissa Malejko

    In the News

    June 3, 2021
    Alberta is reopening and Safer Cycling Calgary has daycamps available

    As Alberta moves ahead with reopening plans, Calgary business rejoices at the ability to offer summer camps for kids!... Read More

    May 17, 2021
    Safer Cycling Calgary reacts to new Alberta restrictions

    Effective May 9, 2021 and until restrictions are eased, a number of courses are cancelled.... Read More

    November 24, 2020
    2021 Course Schedule Available

    Course schedule for 2021 is now available... Read More


    • Life's road takes unexpected turns

      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?

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