The Drive: AAA to bicyclists: Help is on the way

  • Article by: Tim Harlow , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 19, 2013 - 9:07 PM

Motorists with an AAA Minneapolis card who run out of gas, get flat tires or encounter any other difficulty that leaves them stranded on the road can make an SOS call and the agency will send help. Starting July 1, bicyclists will be able to do the same.

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ronaronaMay. 19, 1311:02 PM

Pass out Rules of the Road at the same time...

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mdachsMay. 20, 1312:09 AM

One of the words in the AAA acronym is "automobile." As I recall, American Automobile Association. I don't see a "B" for bicycle! If cyclists want roadside help for cyclists, then let them start an American Bicycle Association. Enough about bike paths, etc., already.

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stingballMay. 20, 1312:41 AM

Yes, pass out the Rules of the Road to bicyclists with their AAA membership card. A document explaining that cycling has responsibilities, not just priviledges, would be helpful as well.

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darkelfMay. 20, 13 2:03 AM

As a motorist, bicyclist, and AAA member for many years, that's pretty damn cool.

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woodpecMay. 20, 13 6:06 AM

Good that at least cars drivers always follow the rules. They always make a full stop at the stop sign and they always signal a right turn---except for the 90 percent who don't.

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zatsrightMay. 20, 13 6:49 AM

Te AAA could be a pert of the road education process. I went for a bike ride for the first time in years this Saturday, and I finally see what all these bicyclists are complaining about. Cars don't see bike. They blow threw stop sign. In fact I did not see one car make a complete stop at a sign. The state should hand out rules of the road to everyone. And if you get a ticket, you should be a required to pass a written exam or lose your license.

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RMLacy51May. 20, 13 7:54 AM

I bike commute in St Paul. Wish we'd get this, too.

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vins0010May. 21, 13 9:29 AM

You can get Better World Club coverage, which includes both car and bicycle coverage, anywhere in the US. Have had it for a couple years since I bike commute (in Ramsey and Hennepin) county but only used it once, for a flat tire, in my car.

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vins0010May. 21, 13 9:34 AM

I used to have AAA but switched to Better World Club (motorist and cycling coverage) as I split my time between my car and bike. This is a move in the right direction...I'm looking to be covered in my commuting no matter what my mode of transportation. If this gets expanded, I'd consider AAA again (can't just be limited to Hennepin country, thought)...however, I'd also like to see AAA, at the national level, be pro cycling, and not anti- or indifferent.

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