Burnaby, British Columbia – During Bike Month in June, BCAA is offering “Bike Assist” to all cyclists – member or not – in case they experience a problem during their ride.

From June 1-30, cyclists who’ve experienced a mechanical breakdown can contact BCAA Road Assist service – available 24 hours a day, seven days a week – to receive 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.

BCAA was the first Automobile Association in North America to provide roadside assistance for members choosing pedal power over motor power.

According to Ken Cousin, BCAA’s associate vice president of Road Assist, many bicycle breakdowns occur after bikes are taken out of winter storage and put on the road without receiving an adequate tune up. “It’s the same as having a car sit in a garage for a long period,” explains Cousin. “Before you can ride off you need to check tires and other mechanical parts to ensure the vehicle is working properly and is safe.” “Flat tires and problems with bike chains are the most common issues cyclists face,” says Cousin.

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” or road safety tips for cyclists and motorists, visit www.bcaa.com/bikeassist or email bikeassist@bcaa.com.

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