The Advanced course is the only program in Calgary designed to teach participants how to use their bike for all kinds of cycling: recreation, commuting, exercise, and utilitarian. Our focus is on safety, but fun is a big part of what we do as well as we believe cycling must be fun or it won't be done.
Pathways and other infrastructure will never go from every front door to every destination, so biking on the road is an essential skill that must be learned in order to effectively utilize the bike for transportation. The Advanced course covers everything the Intermediate course offers: theoretical learning and physical training on essentials such as bike maintenance, nutrition, route planning, handling skills, rules of the road and the rights and responsibilities of cyclists. The Intermediate course is not a prerequisite as it is incorporated. Advanced material delves deeper into topics, includes additional handling skills and progressively more complex road riding. All theory is delivered online for this course.
Participants will receive continued access to online material as well as detailed feedback on the condition of their bike, their skill development and knowledge.
After completing this course, all participants should feel comfortable and confident to determine if their bike is safe to ride, fix a flat tire, share the pathways with other users, ride their bike on residential roads, use bike-specific infrastructure and ride on complex roads including downtown. This course is required for anyone considering becoming an Instructor or Assistant Instructor.
Course outline: This is a combined Intermediate-Advance course: the instructor reserves the right to ask you not to complete the Advanced skills or road ride. (Previous Intermediate course alumnus must attend in full but will pay only the difference.)
Session 1: bike check, bike security, handling skills (Apr 27 6-9pm).
Maximum 6 participants with 1 instructor (combined maximum)
Minimum age 16 years.
Participants must be able to ride a bike comfortably on pathway and provide a properly fitting bike (gears recommended) and helmet each day
Participants must provide & carry their own water bottle, lunch/snacks and other necessary items
All sessions must be attended in full: we cannot accommodate participants for the remainder of the course if any part of a day is missed.
Course runs rain or shine.
About the instructor: Melissa Malejko is the owner and a Certified Cycling Instructor. Certified since 2011, I am currently the only instructor with SCC offering the full range of courses.
I have taught over 300 people how to ride a bike in the last 8 years with the youngest being 4 and the oldest 84. In addition, I have taken over 100 people on the road through courses that I was involved in. I am pursuing upgraded status and am hoping to soon be able to offer the Instructor Training course. My city bike is a Norco Plateau and I also have an older Norco Bigfoot for mountain biking. You'll be able to recognize me because I always wear a zebra helmet cover.
I believe in life-long learning and that there is always something new to learn. My personal goals include: learn how to do a wheelie (on my mountain bike), kick my fear of the balance beam at the Chestermere bike park, attempt/master weave poles on my bike. I would also like to complete upgraded certification to be able to deliver instructor training. I have completed a MOOC on concussions and the NCCP Let's Ride & Basic Cycling Skills courses. Very recently, I completed ski instructor certification so I can now teach people how to ski in the winter.
Character Development: This program helps build the following traits
Independence: Being able to ride a bike from home to any destination, including those in busy areas, allows a cyclist to travel independently, without relying on transit, taxis or ownership of an auto.
Physicality: Riding a bike is an excellent form of nearly zero-impact exercise.