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AAA Adds Bikes to Roadside Program

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By Matt Blanchette
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Cyclists in Southern New England will now be covered in case of emergency, as long as they are am AAA member. Roadside assistance is now a part of member benefits, according to this release from the company:

Responding to growing enthusiasm for cycling across the country, AAA Southern New England is pleased to add bicycle roadside assistance to its increasing list of AAA member benefits.
    The new program, now in effect, means that AAA members can request assistance if a disabled bicycle requires transportation to a nearby destination. The new service is being made available free of charge to all AAA Southern New England members for bicycles ridden within the Club’s territory.
    “Whether for sport, transportation or family fun, the number of people riding bicycles is on the rise,” said Mary Wyatt, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Publications at AAA. “In keeping with our goal to help keep our members moving it made sense to extend our roadside assistance to include bicycles. It’s a natural fit.”
    To request service, members can simply call the roadside assistance number on their AAA membership card. AAA service vehicles will meet members on any normally traveled road within AAA Southern New England’s territory, any time of day, 365 days a year. If AAA is unable to get a member back on the road, transportation for the member and the bicycle will be provided free of charge within a defined radius.

    AAA’s bicycle benefit will also extend to INsiders who are enrolled in AAA’s free program for teens ages 13-16. INsiders are eligible for service as long as a parent or guardian initiates the request. INsiders also get discounts and a free one-year AAA associate membership at age 16 and a half.
    The bicycle benefit is just one part of AAA’s commitment to the idea of all users safely sharing the road. AAA members can find information on bicycle safety and related bicycle matters in the “News/Safety” section of Also, AAA will continue to expand its support of bicycle safety rodeos in conjunction with area police departments.
    “Driving on our roadways requires care and courtesy whether you are driving a car or riding a bicycle,” said Lloyd P. Albert, AAA Southern New England Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs. “The idea of mutual respect and sharing the road with all users is an important one at AAA.  Our roll-out of the new bicycle program, coupled with additional bike safety offerings across the area this spring will hopefully enhance safety and convenience for all road users.”
    AAA Southern New England’s bicycle service is available throughout Rhode Island, in Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut, Morris, Union and Essex counties in New Jersey, and all of Massachusetts with the exception of Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties. No registration is required for members to begin using the new bicycle benefit. For more information, visit

AAA Southern New England is a not-for-profit auto club with 50 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey providing more than 3.5 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.
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