About the Program
What We Do:
- Offer Cycling Courses
- Teach Essential Cycling Skills
- Help You Ride with Confidence
- Make Cycling in Thunder Bay Fun and Safe
Safe Cycling's Vision is of a community where cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride on the streets of Thunder Bay knowledgeably, confidently, and safely.
What We Offer:
- Small Class Sizes
- Fully-Certified Instructors
- Individual Instruction
- Affordable Classes
- Fun and Supportive Atmosphere
- Classes for all Ages and Abilities
- Women's-Only Courses
- Youth Bike Rodeos
The purpose of Safe Cycling Thunder Bay is to provide courses that help people ride their bikes safely. Our courses teach essential skills and knowledge. We offer courses for riders of all ages and abilities. No matter where you are in your cycling career, we can help you out!
Safe Cycling Thunder Bay, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is run by EcoSuperior and Active Transportation Thunder Bay. Running this program would not be possible without the support of our community partners. We have banded together to help build a cycling community. We envision a Thunder Bay filled with skilled, confident, and knowledgeable cyclists, living healthy, active lifestyles. With our partners, we are able to truly reach out to the community.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Safe Cycling Thunder Bay?
A: Safe Cycling Thunder Bay is a cycling education program delivered by EcoSuperior and funded by the City of Thunder Bay. The goal of the program is to reduce cycling-related injuries by offering cycling courses that help individuals develop the cycling skills and knowledge to commute and ride recreationally in a safe way.
Q: How did Safe Cycling Thunder Bay begin?
A: Safe Cycling Thunder Bay began in late 2009, in response to community concerns about the lack of cycling education available for youth. These concerns were shared by several community members, and a committee was formed to develop Safe Cycling Thunder Bay.
Realizing that there is a need for both adults and youth to have cycling education, the committee applied to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for funding to develop a more comprehensive and long-term cycling education program.
In November 2010, the Ontario Trillium Foundation notified EcoSuperior that they were awarded $115,000 to train local instructors and begin providing community-wide cycling education courses. Since that time, many new community partners have joined Safe Cycling Thunder Bay.
In 2015, Safe Cycling Thunder Bay delivered 49 courses that trained 396 youth and 283 adults.
Q: What is Safe Cycling Thunder Bay's mission?
A: Safe Cycling Thunder Bay’s mission is to improve cycling safety within the community by offering cycling courses that cater to the needs of all cyclists, and to work with community partners to reach populations who otherwise may experience barriers to attaining this type of education.
Q: Who is involved in Safe Cycling Thunder Bay?
A: Safe Cycling Thunder Bay is proud to list the following as supporters and partners:
- EcoSuperior Environmental Programs
- City of Thunder Bay
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit
- Thunder Bay Police Services
- Lakehead Public School Board
- Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
- Cycling Canada
- Share the Road
- EarthCare Thunder Bay
- Petrie’s Cycle and Sports
- Fresh Air
- Rollin Thunder
- Thunder Bay Cycling Club
Q: What types of courses do you offer?
A: Please see safecyclingthunderbay.com/courses for more information.
Q: Are there any age restrictions on the courses?
A: Adult courses are open to participants age 14 and up, with the exception of the Instructor Workshop, which is open to participants age 18 and up. Bike rodeos are available to children age 7 and up. Individual learn to rides and group helmet safety checks are appropriate for participants of all ages.
Q: Who teaches the courses?
A: All Safe Cycling instructors have undergone 51 hours of training and passed written, on-road, and skills tests in order to earn a nationally-recognized instructor certification from Cycling Canada.
Q: Who funds this program?
A: Safe Cycling Thunder Bay is funded by the City of Thunder Bay and delivered by EcoSuperior Environmental Programs.