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AAA Mid-Atlantic adds bicycle service to membership

AAA Mid-Atlantic, long known as the premier and trusted provider of roadside assistance for stranded motorists, announced today that bicycle roadside assistance is now included as part of its legendary service.  Members do not need to do anything – the bicycle coverage is now automatically embedded into each current level of membership.

This news is anticipated to be well received in the Commonwealth due to the current hype surrounding the UCI World Championships which are coming to Richmond in September. In addition, according to the League of American Bicyclists, Virginia is ranked high among the top bike friendly states, coming in at the 13th spot for 20015. “Enthusiasm for biking in Virginia is at an all-time high as the final preparations for the championships are underway.  AAA is thrilled to join the celebration by debuting bike service at this exciting time for the cycling community,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

AAA believes that rescuing bicyclists is a logical next step for the organization that has been promoting bike and pedestrian safety for as long as it has been aiding stranded motorists. “Extending our legendary roadside service to bicycles is a natural extension of who we are as AAA: a roadside assistance provider that helps get people moving again,” says Berni Koch, CEO of AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Our service gives bicyclists peace of mind when they travel and someone to call if they break down.  We want all those who share the roads to be safe and mobile.”

 

About AAA Mid-Atlantic’s bicycle coverage:

3 miles for Basic AAA membership

100 miles for Plus AAA membership*

200 miles for Premier AAA membership

 

*Motorcycle coverage is provided with the AAA Plus / RV Rider Membership.

Even before the new service’s official public launch, Mr. Mike Kanney, became the first member in the association’s five-state territory to be rescued while riding in Virginia. For both Mr. Kanney and AAA, the outcome of the very first bike service was positive.  “I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere and deep appreciation for AAA’s new bicycle service.  In early May while riding in New Kent VA, I had a flat tire and remembered information about AAA’s new bicycle service when I recently renewed my membership.  Let me say it was fast and expeditious and I was really astonished to find out that I was the first customer!”  Mr. Kanney followed his rescue using AAA’s mobile app. “Another amazing thing was the mobile app which allowed me to track the driver’s whereabouts immediately upon dispatch.  In all I’d like to say that I received amazing bicycle service which was consistent with AAA’s amazing roadside service!”

The bicycle community is also reacting positively with news of the inclusion of bike coverage for AAA members.  According to Bill Agee, co-owner of Agee’s Bicycles, which has been doing business in Richmond since 1910, “This is an exciting announcement from AAA!  It gives families a safety net when they venture out for their cycling activities, and it shows just how much cycling has become an important part of the Richmond area lifestyle.”

AAA has been involved in bike safety for close to 100 years through educational programs and outreach efforts. In conjunction with National Bike Month, the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education, a non-profit affiliate of AAA Mid-Atlantic, gave away nearly 200 helmets during six bicycle safety programs at YMCA Afterschool Program sites. ( Baker Elementary School, Mehfoud Elementary School, Seven Pines Elementary School, Adams Elementary School, Highland Springs Elementary School, and the Chickahominy YMCA) The safety programs included helmet use education, helmet fittings, proper biking attire, and bike path safety.

 

AAA advises bicyclists to follow these safety tips:

Be Alert Scan ahead, center, left and right.

Be Wary Pay attention to vehicles, pedestrians and others on the road.

Be Seen Use your horn, hand signals and light to be seen by others on the road.

Follow the social media buzz on AAA’s bike launch @AAAVANews #AAABikes.

The Mid-Atlantic region includes the majority of Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia and parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  AAA is a federation of motor clubs and each motor club may offer different services to members.  For specifics on the Mid-Atlantic coverage area, see AAA.com/Bicycle.



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