AAA PRESS RELEASE
AAA Colorado is expanding roadside assistance to include bicycles for its 575,000 members statewide. Effective May 1, 2014, transportation service will be provided for members when their bicycle is disabled or inoperable, with no increase in membership dues. This service applies to all bicycles and tandems, including rental bicycles and bicycle trailers, as long as service can be safely delivered using normal servicing equipment.
"Offering bicycle service is another great benefit for our AAA Colorado members and we're proud to be one of the first AAA clubs in the United States to do so," said Tony DeNovellis, CEO and President of AAA Colorado. "Riding bicycles is becoming more popular, as Coloradans are concerned about fitness, the economy and the environment. Whether our members are riding for fun or commuting to work, we'll be there to offer assistance if their bicycle breaks down."
Colorado is ranked as the second most bike friendly state by the League of American Bicyclists, with 19 bicycle friendly communities. According to Bicycle Colorado, no other state has more gold- and platinum-rated Bicycle-Friendly Communities than Colorado. Bicycling is a $1 billion economic driver in the state-including manufacturing, retail and tourism.
"AAA has been promoting sharing the road and bike safety for many years," added DeNovellis. "With bicycle roadside assistance we can give our members the security and peace of mind they've come to expect from AAA Colorado no matter what 'vehicle' they're using."
AAA membership includes 24/7 roadside assistance that follows the member in any car, as a driver or passenger. And soon on a bike too! Membership offers special benefits and discounts using AAA Colorado's full service travel and insurance agencies as well as discounts at thousands of retailers nationwide. Bike Source, Performance Cycle and Wheat Ridge Cycling will also offer discounts to AAA Colorado members.
Other AAA clubs may offer similar services in the future, but for now bicycle roadside assistance does not extend to all other states, and reimbursement is not available for service provided outside of Colorado. A service vehicle will meet you at a trail head or on a publicly traveled road and transport you and your bike to the location of your choice. Service vehicles are not equipped to repair a member's bicycle or change a flat tire.
AAA Colorado has more than 575,000 members and is an advocate for safety and security for all travelers. As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services, as well as member exclusive savings.
*To supporters of the Colorado bicycle community, AAA Colorado is now offering a discount of $25 off a first year's Basic level membership. Enter the discount code BIKE14 at www.aaa.com/membership.
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