BCAA hopes more people, knowing help is just a phone call away,
will take the opportunity to try commuting by bike
BURNABY, BC, June 2, 2011 /CNW/ - Cyclists won't need to fret over flat
tires, broken chains or other mechanical woes during "Bike Month," this
June. The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is offering
the same peace of mind provided by BCAA's reliable Road Assist service
to all cyclists - Member or not - who have broken down, and need help
getting to work, school or home.
Cyclists who've experienced a mechanical breakdown can contact BCAA Road
Assist to get help. And if their bike is beyond repair at roadside, the
BCAA technician will transport the cyclist and their bike a maximum of
five kilometres to their destination or a nearby bike repair shop. Bike
Assist service and arrival times during Bike Month will be dependent on
the availability of a driver.
In a recent Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) survey of 5,000 CAA
members and other Canadians, over half of the respondents say they own
or have access to a bicycle and one third of those respondents indicate
they would consider riding more if they felt safer.
The organization hopes more people will be encouraged to try cycling
knowing there's help available in case they experience a mechanical
problem during their commute.
BCAA is the first Automobile Association in North America to provide
roadside assistance for members choosing pedal power over motor power.
This is the fifth year BCAA has offered bicycle roadside assistance to
all B.C. cyclists during Bike Month.
How to get assistance
Cyclists needing help can call BCAA Road Assist at 604-293-2222 (Lower
Mainland), 1-800-222-4357 (rest of B.C.) or *222 by cell phone anywhere
For more information on BCAA "Bike Assist" visit www.bcaa.com/bikeassist
Criteria for BCAA "Bike Assist" during Bike Month
The cyclist must have experienced a mechanical breakdown, which includes
any issue that makes the bike inoperable during a rider's commute, such
as a broken chain or flat tire. (No assistance will be provided to
cyclists looking to avoid challenging terrain or inclement weather);
Manual (non-motorized) and hybrid bicycles are eligible for Bike Assist
If the repair cannot be made at the site of the breakdown, the service
technician will transport the cyclist and their bicycle a maximum of
five kilometres to their destination or a bike repair shop;
One cyclist can be accommodated at a time.
BCAA strives to deliver an amazing experience to its 790,000 members,
providing peace-of-mind and meeting their automotive, road travel and
insurance needs. BCAA is the largest organization of its kind in B.C.,
with $400 million in gross annual sales and a Member in one-in-four
B.C. households. In addition to receiving award winning roadside
assistance and insurance services, Members can also take advantage of
CAA dollar rewards, insurance discounts and the Member exclusive Show
Your Card & Save program. To learn more about BCAA's benefits, services
and advocacy, visit www.bcaa.com.
SOURCE British Columbia Automobile Association
For further information:
For further information, or to request an interview, please contact:
BCAA Public Affairs Advisor
Office: 604-268-5342 (M-F between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Cell: 778-228-8859 (any time)