AAA to Provide Free Bike "Tows” on Bike-to-Work Day

Complimentary roadside assistance will be provided to all registered Bike-to-Work Day Participants on the Front Range

DENVER (June 7, 2018) – AAA Colorado will be providing complimentary bicycle roadside assistance to all registered Bike-to-Work Day participants on Wednesday, June 27. Transportation service will be provided when a bicycle is broken, disabled, or otherwise inoperable. AAA Colorado must be able to safely reach the bicyclist from any normally traveled, maintained road – or a trail head. The bicycle will be secured to the service vehicle and taken to wherever the bicyclist wants to go – work, home, or a bicycle repair shop. Call 800-AAA-HELP to receive assistance.

AAA Colorado service vehicles are not equipped to repair a bicycle or change a flat tire. Completely complimentary transportation service is provided for the first seven miles. Bicyclists will be responsible for additional mileage at the provider’s prevailing rate.

AAA Colorado was one of the first AAA clubs in the United States to offer year-round Bicycle Roadside Assistance to its members. “On Bike-to-Work Day, just like every day, AAA Colorado is here to help,” said AAA Colorado CEO & President Linda Cavanagh. “From bustling cityscapes to breathtaking mountain vistas to the thousands of miles of roads, paths, and trails that connect them, Colorado has a lot to offer. And, no matter where you go or how you get there, AAA Colorado is here to offer a lot of peace of mind.”

AAA Colorado anticipates that thousands of riders will be sharing the road on Bike-to-Work Day this year. With that in mind, AAA Colorado offers the following advice to motorists:

  • Share the road. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists, including the right to ride in the traffic lane.
  • Slow down and allow at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist.
  • Check mirrors and blind spots before turning, changing lanes, or opening car doors.
  • Never honk your horn at a bicyclist. They may startle and swerve off the road or into traffic.
  • Be especially cautious around children on bikes. They are often unsteady and unpredictable.
  • Stay alert and avoid all distractions while driving. There is never any reason to actively use your cell phone or any other device while in moving traffic.

Bicyclists are encouraged to take five easy steps to safer riding:

  • Follow the rules of the road. Always ride with traffic, using the rightmost lane, obeying the same laws as motorists.
  • Be visible. Ride where drivers can see you. Do not ride on the sidewalk.
  • Be predictable. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there.
  • Anticipate conflicts. Always be aware of traffic around you and be prepared to take evasive action, exercising additional caution at intersections.
  • Wear a helmet. Helmets, when worn properly, are up to 85 percent effective in protecting the head and brain in the event of a crash.

To learn how you can share the road, visit AAA’s website for bicycle safety videos and other resources: ShareTheRoad.AAA.com.