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AAAOrbit_300dpi_4cAs Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Executive Director Alex Doty announced at this morning’s Bike To Work Day press conference at Love Park, AAA is beginning to offer roadside assistance for bicyclists.

AAA’s bike service will come with, and work similarly to, their car service: You break down, you need help, you call them, they come by and give you a hand. Here’s how Philadelphia Magazine described it this morning:

Here’s the deal: If for whatever reason (aside from fatigue) getting your bike from point A to point B becomes a problem mid-ride, you can give AAA a ring and they’ll send out someone to transport you and your bicycle to a safe location, like a bike shop or your home. You just have to be able to get to a road to be picked up, and just like that: Horror movie plot line avoided.

The bike coverage comes along with existing AAA memberships, but isn’t available on its own as of now.

And here are some benefits to their roadside assistance:

Benefits:

There is no additional charge to Members for bicycle coverage. Any of the Members roadside assistance calls can be used for bicycles

AAA Bicycle coverage is included in all membership levels – Basic, Plus, Premier & RV!

The bicycle towing mileage is the same as vehicle towing mileage – 3 miles for Basic, 100 miles for Plus/Premier and one 200 mile tow for a Premier household.

Randy LoBasso

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Randy LoBasso is the policy manager at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

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