Interactive online traffic skills courses for cyclists

Separate versions for the US and for Canada!

No matter what type of riding you do, or want to do
commutingrecreationaltouringtriathlon / sport / competitive
this course will help increase your comfort and competence out on the street.

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  • More than 3 hours of interactive content incorporating video, descriptive text, photos, graphics, animations, and quizzes.
  • Learn from the comfort of home, at your own pace.
  • View it all at once or a bit at a time.
  • Perfect for yourself, or as a gift for a friend or family member.

Valuable for experienced riders, as well as beginners.

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  • Learn proven on-road techniques.
  • Find out the laws that apply to cyclists.
  • Separate courses available for the USA and Canada.
  • Return as often as you like to review and improve.
  • Only $29.95 for 6 months of access.
  • 30-day money-back guarantee.

Here’s what we’ll explore:

How people behave in traffic

How people behave in traffic

  • Our reaction to other people’s errors
  • Video: It’s a 3-Way Street
  • How do these behaviors come about?
  • Our attitude and its impact
  • Monitoring our thoughts
  • Evaluating our skills
  • Learning from our experiences

Bike handling skills

Bike handling skills

  • Parts of the bike
  • Does your bike fit you?
  • Braking
  • Pedaling cadence
  • Riding in a straight line
  • Scanning behind
  • Shifting gears

Being an MVP-C

Being an MVP-C

  • Maneuverable: Creating space around you
  • Visible: Being seen, day and night
  • Predictable: Helping others make the right decisions
  • Communicative: Getting across the right messages

Our rights and responsibilities

Our rights and responsibilities

  • Knowing our true place in traffic
  • “But you don’t pay for the roads!” (Yes, we do.)
  • What’s the point of the law?
  • What we expect, and what drivers expect of us
  • Our effect on other cyclists
  • A summary of traffic laws for cyclists:
    • Three levels of traffic laws
    • Definition of a bicycle
    • Required equipment
    • General operation
    • Where to ride on the road
    • Obeying traffic control devices
    • Right of way
    • Riding on sidewalks
    • Parking your bike
    • Legal doesn’t equal safe
    • What if we disagree with a law?

Scanning and signaling

Scanning and signaling

  • Scanning for traffic
    • Why it’s important
    • Review of steps to make it easier
    • When to scan
    • Using mirrors
  • Signaling
    • Why it’s important
    • What we need to signal, and tips to make it easier
    • Turns
    • Lane changes
    • Change of position within a lane
    • Stops
    • Pulling onto the roadway
    • Waving thanks
    • Signaling–how, and how often?
  • Putting it all together
    • Scan, Signal, Scan, Go.
    • How this looks in real life

Choosing a place on the road

Choosing a place on the road

  • Choosing a lane and lane position
    • A reasoned approach
    • Seeing things from a driver’s perspective
    • Ride with traffic
    • Risks of wrong-way riding
    • How we choose our lane position
    • Avoiding roadside hazards
    • Giving ourselves space
    • How far right?
    • When we can move left
    • Controlling the lane
    • How this helps drivers
    • What our options are
    • Communicating with others
    • Some important considerations
    • Riding on one-way streets
    • What does controlling the lane look like?
  • Parked cars
    • The potential risks
    • What’s a safe distance?
    • Legal responsibility for drivers & passengers
    • What a safe distance looks like
  • Bike lanes
    • Do we have to ride in them?
    • What are our options?

Intersections

Intersections

  • Lane position at intersections
    • A, B or C position?
    • Common driver errors at intersections, and how to discourage them
    • Stopping at an intersection
    • Positioning in bike lanes and at 4-way stops
    • Travelling through the intersection
    • If you ride in ‘C’ position
    • If a driver turns across your path
    • Regardless of what lane position you take…
    • Right turn only lanes
  • When stopping is required
    • Stop signs and red lights
    • What might you miss?
    • Go! No, stop!
    • Fewer decisions are needed
    • Drivers’ perceptions
    • The cost of a ticket
    • What is the point of the law?
    • Where to stop
  • Right of way
    • Don’t assume you have it
    • First come, first served
    • Yield to the person on the right
    • Yield if you are turning
    • Taking your turn
    • Pedestrians’ right of way
      • Which is a legal crosswalk?
    • Communicate with others
  • Traffic lights
    • Why a green light doesn’t mean ‘go’
    • Judging the timing
    • Starting off quickly
    • Triggering traffic lights
  • Making turns
    • Right turns
    • Left turns
    • Changing lanes: moving from ‘C’ position
    • Changing lanes: with traffic around you
    • Changing lanes: signaling
    • Changing lanes: with no traffic around you
    • Using the gaps
    • Preparing for the turn
    • Lane position for the turn
    • Waiting position
    • Making the turn
  • Traffic circles and roundabouts

Other riding situations

Other riding situations

  • Passing on the right
    • Good reasons not to
    • When and how we can do it
    • Lane-splitting
  • Sidewalk riding
    • Why do people ride on sidewalks?
    • Potential risks
    • Making the decision
  • Other situations
    • Riding near buses
    • Riding in parking spaces
    • Riding side-by-side
    • Riding on paths & trails

Equipment

Equipment

  • Required and optional equipment
    • Brakes
    • Lighting: what’s needed, and when
    • Helmets
  • ABC Quick Check (bike)
  • A more detailed check
  • Sizing, configuring and adjusting your bike

Parking your bike

Parking your bike

  • Deterring bike theft
  • Where to park your bike
  • How to lock it up
  • What kind of locks?

Summary and feedback

Summary and feedback

  • Includes an option for a brief survey so you can let us know what you think of the course.

 

It only takes a minute to sign up for 6 months of access!

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I’m certain that you’ll gain valuable insights you can use on your very next ride. If for any reason you’re not fully satisfied, your money will be refunded.
Allan Dunlop, Director

 

“Do I have to ride at the edge of the road, or can I control my lane?” • “How can I encourage drivers to give me enough space, and to cooperate with me?” • “What laws apply to me as a cyclist?” • In this course, you’ll find the answers.

 

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Are you a cyclist who has received a traffic ticket?

Have your fine dismissed by signing up for the Defensive Cycling course.

link to Defensive Cycling Ticket Dismissal course page

This online cycling course is accepted in many jurisdictions to dismiss a ticket. If your city isn’t on the list, ask the Court if this option will be accepted. We can help.

Now available for implementation in jurisdictions across the USA and Canada.

Get details on the program here.