BCAA's roadside assistance for bikes extended to all cyclists during June

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 in B.C.

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 service;
  • 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.

About BCAA

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

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Editor's notes

For further information, or to request an interview, please contact:

Niela Melanio

BCAA Public Affairs Advisor

Office: 604-268-5342 (M-F between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Cell: 778-228-8859 (any time)

Email: niela.melanio@bcaa.com

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