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Safe Cycling Thunder Bay

Cycling courses for all ages and abilities!

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Become an Instructor 

We are looking for great people who want to teach others how to ride safely. Join our fantastic team of 30 certified cycling instructors!  With funding from the City of Thunder Bay, we are proud to offer CAN-BIKE Bike Rodeo instructor training free of cost. The total value of these courses is $1,000.

In 2017, a FREE First Aid course will also be offered as part of instructor training. 

Our instructors provide an invaluable service to our community. They help citizens learn how to ride knowledgeably and confidently. They help make our roads safer for all users. They set the standard for cycling skill and etiquette.

If you are looking to develop an important skillset, be a community leader, and get paid to teach cycling courses, apply to become a CAN-BIKE Bike Rodeo instructor today!

Our 2017 instructor training is now full. For information about future opporunities, email EcoSuperior%23org|Caroline. Our next course will begin on April 28, 2017.To submit an application, email a 1-page cover letter to EcoSuperior%23org|Caroline by April 17, 2017. You cover letter should explain why you are interested in becoming a Safe Cycling instructor in Thunder Bay and detail your relevant teaching, cycling, and volunteer experience. 


Prerequisites for Bike Rodeo Instructor Workshop

  • Enthusiastic about cyclingimage

  • Belief in the importance of lawful cycling

  • Community-minded

  • Interested in teaching

  • Willing to learn and develop teaching as well as cycling skills

  • Committed to teaching cycling courses


  • imageMust be 18 years of age or older
  • A functional bike that meets legal requirements
  • Helmet 
  • First Aid must be obtained in order to teach. Emergency First Aid is the minimum requirement. A FREE Emergency First Aid course will be offered for instructors on Saturday June 10, or instructors can sign up for a difference course on a date of their choice.
  • A CAN-BIKE Instructor membership ($45) must be obtained following successful completion or the course.

 About the course

Successful participants will become nationally-certified instructors with CAN-BIKE and will be able to teach cycling classes. 

About teaching opportunities

We provide our instructors with the support that they need by offering opportunities to improve their skill sets and receive mentorship. The first section of the instructor training is skills-focused, so everyone in the course will be able to improve any weak points well before they begin teaching. New instructors are mentored for the first year that they teach, and they deliver give courses alone until they are very comfortable. Even for experienced instructors, most courses are team taught.

Instuctors can make their own hours: some instructors teach a handful of courses each year, while other instructors take on more courses.

The number of courses offered each week varies. May and June tend to have the most teaching opportunities, with up to 12 courses offered in a week. The busiest times occur during Bike Week in elementary schools (May 29-June 2, 2017), when we require as many instructors as possible to teach in classrooms. July, August, and September are slower, and 2-5 courses tend to be offered each week.  On average, courses last 2-4 hours. Instructors earn $20/hour.

 Course dates

Participants attend all dates.

CAN-BIKE 2 (prerequisite to Instructor workshop): Friday April 28, 6-9 pm & Saturday April 29- Sunday April 30, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Instructor Workshop: Saturday May 13- Sunday May 14, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm & Saturday May 27- Sunday May 28, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

FREE First Aid for instructors: Saturday June 10, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm



Safe Cycling Thunder Bay is looking for people who love riding, want to help others, and will join our team of 24 instructors. To apply, please submit a 1-page cover letter detailing why you would like to become a cycling instructor in Thunder Bay, and include any relevant teaching, volunteering, or cycling experience to EcoSuperior%23org|Caroline. The deadline for applicants is April 17. If you have questions about becoming an instructor, email Caroline or phone  624-2144.

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