AAA extends coverage to Delaware bicyclists

 (Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

(Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

You may already be familiar with AAA Mid-Atlantic vehicle roadside assistance but what about  bicycle coverage?

Some Delaware bicyclists have one less worry now that AAA Mid-Atlantic is offering roadside assistance for avid bike riders. Right now the service is free of charge for 140,000 of its members in the state.

Avid recreational cyclist Gov. Jack Markell, D-Del, called the move to extend coverage to Delaware bike riders a good move. “Delaware is known as one of the nation’s most bike friendly states,” added Markell.

On Friday, the governor joined AAA officials at the Wilmington headquarters for a quick ride around the Riverfront to celebrate the announcement. The Delaware Bicycle Council, White Clay Bicycle Club and Xtreme Graphics supported the event as well and took time to introduce Delaware’s 3-foot safe passing law.

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“Delaware’s 3-foot safe passing law requires that drivers provide adequate space before attempting to pass a bicyclist, or wait until there is enough room to safely pass”, said Amy Wilburn, Chair of the Delaware Bicycle Council.

AAA members of the Delaware Bicycle Council and White Clay Bicycle Club were instrumental in shaping the new roadside assistance coverage. Right now bikers can take advantage of towing and transportation which are included in all levels of AAA Mid-Atlantic membership. The service does not absorb bicycle repair costs.

“Our service gives bicyclists peace of mind when they travel and someone to call if they break down. We want all those who share the roads to be safe and mobile,” said Berni Koch, CEO of AAA Mid-Atlantic.

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