Bike Assist is back

CAA SCO offers roadside assistance to cyclists

THORNHILL, ON, May 19 /CNW/ - For the second year in a row, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) will offer cyclists the same kind of peace of mind we offer drivers.

Today, we are launching our Bike Assist program which is similar to our existing auto program. Avid or casual cyclists who are also CAA SCO members can call for roadside assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week if they get a flat tire, if their bike chain derails or pedal comes loose.

Repairing a flat tire for a cyclist is new this year to Bike Assist. CAA drivers will be outfitted with a tire sealant to repair minor punctures. The aim is to fix the bike on the spot and get the cyclist pedaling again. If that's impossible, the bike and cyclist can be transported to their office, home or nearest bike shop depending on their membership. Members do not have to pay extra for the service provided by Bike Assist which is available throughout the CAA SCO region.

"As gas prices fluctuate, CAA recognizes the transportation needs of our members are changing now more than ever and Bike Assist is just one more way we have you covered," said Sheldon Crabb, Supervisor Contract Network, CAA SCO.

CAA SCO is also working in tandem with Mobile Bike Shop (MBS) in the GTA. For more serious repairs, members may be referred to MBS and will receive a member discount.

The Bike Squad is also back for a second year. A team of four trained cyclists will be equipped with small hand tools for minor bike repairs as well as a tire sealant and patch kit to repair tire tubes. The Bike squad will operate within the GTA on weekends between the Victoria Day and Labour Day long weekends.

CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering insurance, travel, automotive care and roadside services. There are more than 1.8 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and 5 million members in Canada. We're more than Roadside Assistance. We're Life-side Assistance. Visit www.caasco.com.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information:

Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO, sace@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Internal/External PR Specialist, jlem@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641


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