Flat Tire or Busted Chain? Call AAA.
The American Automobile Association (AAA), long known for offering emergency roadside car assistance, began offering bike service to members in Oregon and southern Idaho more than a year ago. For whatever reason, Washington was ignored, leaving stricken cyclists in the Evergreen State to hitchhike to repair shops while their Pacific Northwest neighbors got timely rides from AAA.
That's all changed now that AAA has extended its bike service to Washington, effective July 1.
“The Pacific Northwest is a mecca for bicycling enthusiasts,” AAA spokeswoman Jennifer Cook said. “We have an opportunity to offer them peace of mind. They have someone to call if they break down. It’s a natural transition from our emergency road service for cars.”
Unlike AAA’s car service, though, the new bike service won’t fix what’s broken. AAA will merely bring you to “any point of safety”—e.g., your home or a bicycle repair shop—and how far they’ll drive you is dependent on your membership level. (In Washington, basic AAA membership will get you anywhere safe within a five-mile radius, while higher-level membership gets you “extended coverage.”)
As of now, the service is limited to the Pacific Northwest. If you’re cycling elsewhere and your bike breaks down … well, you'll just have to walk.
AP report via The News Tribune.