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Bicycle Roadside Assistance

Simon Law

Triple-A has found an appropriate way to celebrate National Bicycle Safety Month. Roadside assistance is now available in Illinois for members who are bike riders. 

Spokeswoman Beth Mosher says Triple-A began offering bicycle service in several other states first, and the most common calls are for flat tires and chains that have fallen off.

"While we do try to get our members traveling by auto on the go by providing them gas or changing their tire, unfortunately many of our technicians are not quite at the bicycle technician level yet. So we're going to get them home, or get them to the closest bike shop."

The new service is only offered along streets or highways, but not out in the woods.

"We know that a lot of bike riders are out there on bike trails and that sort of thing, our vehicles cannot off-road onto a bike trail, they cannot go into a forest preserve. So we do ask that folks be on a regular road where we can get to them."
And depending on your Triple-A membership, classic, plus, or premier, you and your bike can be driven up to 5, 100, or 200 miles. 


A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.