Urban Cycling Course

Do you want to get around the city by bike? The Urban Cycling 101 Course will help you build your confidence to cycle on urban streets. The course will help you to feel safe riding in mixed traffic in HRM. Take the course and find a sense of freedom that comes with the simple act of riding a bike.

The Urban Cycling 101 course is intended for adults (18 years of age and older) who know how to ride a bike but want to deepen their skills for riding with traffic in an urban setting. The course is also helpful if you have been riding in the city for a while, but you still have a few questions about the rules of the road. You do need to have your own bike or access to a bike to use for the course. If you don’t have a bike or access to a bike, you can rent one from Halifax Cycles.


The format below is how the course is normally run. In 2020 we have adjusted to an online format due to COVID-19. We will likely provide part of the course online during the 2021 season as well. More details can be found below under the Course Delivery section.

  • 4-hour course
  • 2 hours of classroom learning
  • 2 hours of parking lot training on your bike and a short group ride on the street with an instructor and other participants
  • Small course sizes (4-6 participants per course)
  • Delivered by Can-Bike and Making Tracks trained instructors
  • Opportunities to ask all of the questions you have
  • You will receive a booklet to take home and a prize donated by Halifax Cycles

Topics Covered:

  • Bike and helmet fit
  • ABC bike check
  • Road user rights and responsibilities
  • Shoulder checking and signaling
  • Traffic dynamics
  • Principles for cycling in traffic
  • Where to ride
  • Cycling crashes and collisions

Course Delivery:

The course is offered between May and October. Due to the COVID-19 public health restrictions, we have adapted to deliver the course in 2020 in a way that follows public health guidelines and allows participants and instructors to feel safe.

Online courses will be delivered in a 1.5 hour webinar format. The course will alternate between evening and lunchtime sessions. We will post 2021 course dates in the spring of 2021. If you would like to participate you must pre-register. After you register on our website we will send you the zoom link to participate in the course online, as well as a PDF version of the course handbook. We will be offering a 2-hour in-person practical skills session that is open to anyone who has taken the online course.

Download the course handbook here.


In 2020 the course is being offered for FREE thanks to a grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines.


The Urban Cycling 101 course is delivered in partnership between the Halifax Cycling Coalition and the Making Tracks program. The course is supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines and Halifax Cycles and Guitars.