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AAA Offers Roadside Bicycle Assistance For Union County Residents

Press release provided by The AAA New Jersey Automobile Club.

Responding to growing enthusiasm for cycling across the country, AAA New Jersey Automobile Club is pleased to add bicycle roadside assistance to its increasing list of AAA member benefits.

The new program, now in effect, means that AAA members in Morris, Essex and Union County can request assistance if a disabled bicycle or requires transportation to a nearby destination. The new service is being made available free of charge to all AAA New Jersey Automobile Club  members for bicycles ridden within Essex, Morris or Union counties.

“Whether for sport, transportation or family fun, the number of people riding bicycles is on the rise,” said Betsy Adey, President of the New Jersey club. “In keeping with our goal to help keep our members moving, it made sense to extend our roadside assistance to include bicycles. It’s a natural fit.”

To request service, members can simply call the roadside assistance number on their AAA membership card. AAA service vehicles will meet members on any normally traveled road within Essex, Morris or Union County, any time of day, 365 days a year. If AAA is unable to get a member back on the road after minor repairs are attempted, transportation for the member and the bicycle will be provided free of charge within a defined radius.

AAA’s bicycle benefit will also extend to INsiders who are enrolled in AAA’s free program for teens. Insiders are eligible for service as long as a parent or guardian initiates the request. Insiders also get discounts and a free one-year AAA associate membership at age 17.

The bicycle benefit is just one part of AAA’s commitment to the idea of all users safely sharing the road. AAA members can find information on bicycle safety and related bicycle matters in the “News/Safety” section of AAA.com. Also, AAA will continue to expand its support of bicycle safety rodeos in conjunction with area police departments.

“Driving on our roadways requires care and courtesy whether you are driving a car or riding a bicycle,” said Cathleen Lewis, Director of Public Affairs.  “The idea of mutual respect and sharing the road with all users is an important one at AAA.  Our roll-out of the new bicycle program, coupled with additional bike safety offerings across the area this spring will hopefully enhance safety and convenience for all road users.”    

AAA New Jersey Automobile’s bicycle service is available in Essex, Morris Union and Essex Counties. No registration is required for members to begin using the new bicycle benefit. For more information, visit AAA.com/Bicycle.

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