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  • AAA's Roadside Assistance to Include Bicycles


    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.

    For media inquiries or questions about this release, email Wave Dreher, wdreher@colorado.aaa.com.

  • Boulder County has closed Lefthand Canyon

    From the Times Call:

    Boulder County has closed Lefthand Canyon and James Canyon to cyclists until May 1 while crews remove major debris hazards and continue road construction there.

    County officials also encouraged motorists to avoid the canyons' roads unless travel is necessary. The closings to cyclists began on Friday and are to be in effect seven days a week.

    County Transportation director George Gerstle said in a news release that the closings of Lefthand and James canyons' roads are “due to unsafe conditions on the roadways such as steep drop-offs along the roadways from washed-away ditches and washed-away roadside shoulders, plus the increased volumes of heavy construction and road maintenance equipment along compromised roadways.”

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  • A message from the Boulder Valley Velodrome and their new FAQ

    Photo Credit: Bvvelodrome Facebook

    From Boulder Valley Velodrome

    A Message From Doug & Frank (April, 2014)
    “In 2004, when Frank Banta and I hatched our idea to build a velodrome, we stole the movie line from “Field of Dreams” as our mantra: “If you build it, they will come.” In 2007, we traveled to Toluca, Mexico, to meet our track designer, Peter Junek. He was completing a 250-meter track, and we were lucky enough to be there when it was ready to ride. I had never been on a velodrome, but I always knew I would like it. Peter and I hopped on the track and did about twenty laps. It was exhilarating. I stopped, looked at Frank, and said, “We’re building a velodrome, and I don’t care if anyone comes”. Although my statement was heartfelt, we actually do want you to join us. It will be a little lonely riding by ourselves, anyway.” – Doug Emerson

    1. When will the track be open?
    2. Can I still become a Founding Member?
    3. Can you explain the structure for the 10 regular clubs?
    4. Are there club slots still available?
    5. How can I get on the track if I’m not in one of the original ten clubs?
    6. What will go on in the winter?
    and a handful more

    Read the responses to the questions above at Boulder Valley Velodrome

  • The Erie Honker struggles with probation

    From the Daily Camera

    In February of 2013, Ernst pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment, a Class 3 misdemeanor, and two counts of improper use of a horn, a traffic offense and was sentenced to probation. Under the terms of his probation, he was ordered to complete anger management, 20 hours of community service, take a traffic course called Alive at 55 and abstain from alcohol.

    According to the Boulder District Attorney's Office, Ernst tested positive for alcohol in November, missed an alcohol test in January, failed to complete anger management and traffic classes and did not complete his community service.

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  • People For Bikes - Changing group road ride behavior

    "The Wednesday club ride, with riders sprinting for town lines, attacking curb to curb, fanning out on climbs, diving through corners, is far more than dangerous: it’s rude. Frankly I’m stunned that bicycle shops will often host such rides and put their names on the backs of such clubs."


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