Beginner Bike Skills

 

Having trouble balancing, starting, or stopping on your bike?

Beginner Bike Skills is a StreetWise course, for people who have not yet learned to ride a bike or lack the basic handling skills or confidence to cycle for urban transportation. This small group 2 hour course occurs completely off-road, in a safe and comfortable environment for new riders. Under the guidance of our experienced instructors, participants will practice fundamental bike handling skills such as balance, braking, steering, and pedaling. 

Open to anyone age 14 and up with a maximum of 5 participants per instructor. 

StreetWise Beginner Bike Skills course includes:

  • 2 hours of instruction led by certified instructors
  • Basic bike fitting and safety checks, as well as progressive activities to build fundamental skills and confidence.
  • 1:5 instructor-to-participant ratio to ensure lots of 1 on 1 attention and personalized feedback
  • Up to 10 participants 
  • If you have one, please bring your own working bicycle and helmet to the course. Alternatively, we will have bikes and helmets on-site that you can use for the duration of the course. 

Please note:

  • These courses will be running from May to August 2022 at Trout Lake Community Centre in the City of Vancouver. The refund and transfer policy at Trout Lake Community Centre applies to these lessons.
  • Registration will take place on the Vancouver Park Board website. Registration for the May and June courses will open on March the 24th at 7pm.
  • This course will have a $20 participant fee to discourage no-shows. If this is a barrier to participating, please email streetwise@bikehub.ca, or consider applying for a Leisure Access Card from the City of Vancouver to receive a 50% discount.
  • This course has a minimum of 4 participants to run. If the minimum requirement isn't met, you will be contacted at least 48 hours in advance to reschedule for another time.
  • Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult (the adult doesn't need to register as a participant, but should remain near Trout Lake Community Centre for the duration of the lesson. 

​Upcoming dates at Trout Lake Community Centre: 

  1. May 7, 11am - 1pm - Sold out!
  2. May 12, 5:30pm - 7:30pm - One space left, register here!
  3. May 14, 11am - 1pm - Sold out
  4. May 14, 2pm - 4pm - Two spaces left, register here!
  5. June 4, 11am - 1pm - register here!
  6. June 11, 11am - 1pm - register here!
  7. June 18, 11am - 1pm - register here!

The availability of these programs was last updated on March 30th

 

FAQs

Where are lessons held? 

The lessons will take place in an off-road location next to Trout Lake Community Centre. We are still determining exactly where the off-road location will be but it will be a smooth, flat surface, with no vehicle traffic. When the registration link becomes available it will contain more specific details. 

Do I need a bike?

If you have your own bike and helmet, please bring them to the lesson. If you don't own a bike or can’t transport it to the lesson location, we will have a fleet of around 15 bikes and helmets that participants will be able to use for the duration of the lesson. 

How can I get my bike to the lesson spot?

You can bring your bike inside a personal vehicle, on a vehicle's bike rack, on a bus bike rack, or Skytrain car. If it's your first time using a bus bike rack or bringing a bike on transit - check out TransLink's helpful tips beforehand. All Metro Vancouver buses are able to take 2 bikes on their front racks. 

How can I get to Trout Lake Community Centre?

Trout Lake Community Centre is located in the southwest corner of Trout Lake Park. You can find transit options either via Google Maps or through Moovit. There is free parking available outside the Community Centre (located near Victoria and 15th). Nearby cycling routes can be found here.

Do you offer other lessons for more advanced skills?

Yes, we are pleased to be running other programs at Trout Lake Community Centre this Summer - Beginner Bike SkillsNew Rider Skill PracticeIntermediate Bike Skills Practice. When combined, anyone can go from never having ridden a bike to a confident everyday cyclist.  If you're looking for a course to increase your confidence in cycling from the comfort of your own home, you can take StreetWise Cycling Online. We will also be running webinars on a range of topics, starting in April 2022. In the meantime, you can find recordings here. 

If you have any more questions, please contact streetwise@bikehub.ca