May 31, 2006

BCAA offers free roadside assistance to cyclists

Burnaby, British Columbia – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) is offering free roadside assistance for cyclists, members or not, to mark Bike Month. During the month of June, cyclists who experience a mechanical breakdown can contact BCAA Road Assist and, depending on the availability of a driver, they will be picked up and driven a maximum of five kilometres to their destination, or a bicycle repair shop.

“With gas prices so high right now, BCAA knows drivers are looking for cheaper transportation alternatives,” says Ken Cousin, Director of BCAA Road Assist. “Perhaps knowing there’s help available in case of a breakdown, more people will be encouraged to try cycling this month.”

There are a few criteria for Bike Assist: the cyclist must have experienced a mechanical breakdown and not just challenging terrain or inclement weather; the cyclist and bicycle will be driven a maximum of five kilometres; only one cyclist can be accommodated at a time; and priority will be given to BCAA member calls for vehicle assistance, with service provided to cyclists as resources permit.

Cyclists needing help in June can call 604-293-2222 (Lower Mainland), 1-800-222-4357 (rest of B.C.) or *222 on a cell phone anywhere in the province.

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