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Old 09-05-16, 01:31 PM
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AAA now for cyclists!

Just looked at my latest AAA magazine, and you can now call AAA if you have a bicycle issue. Includes up to 2 calls per year, and includes transportation for bike and rider up to 10 miles, with some caveats:


https://www.southernnewengland.aaa.c...-bike-services
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Old 09-05-16, 02:07 PM
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Thanks but I'll pass on this one. AAA has consistently favored road building for autos over multi modal transportation issues. That means they don't favor spending federal dollars on bike paths and road upgrades to accommodate us. It's why I never joined AAA.
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Old 09-05-16, 03:21 PM
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I love AAA, have been a member for many years. I didnt realize they had a bike service, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for posting it.
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
Thanks but I'll pass on this one. AAA has consistently favored road building for autos over multi modal transportation issues. That means they don't favor spending federal dollars on bike paths and road upgrades to accommodate us. It's why I never joined AAA.
There are no such thing as "Federal dollars." Every single one is either taken from taxpayers or borrowed.

Bike paths and other accommodations are a LOCAL issue -- and it is at the local level that we have influence.

BTW, "AAA" = "American AUTOMOBILE Association." They started off as a club for people who owned horseless carriages and wanted improved roads. Why would you expect them to care one way or the other about multimodal transportation issues?

I've never been an AAA member (or an AA member, either), but that's because I don't need any of their services. I wouldn't stay away from them because they're focused on CARS instead of bikes, planes, freedom of speech, or any of the other things that I'm interested in.
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Old 09-05-16, 04:25 PM
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There are no such thing as "Federal dollars." Every single one is either taken from taxpayers or borrowed.
Bingo! I chuckle every time I hear/see references to free healthcare, free college tuition, etc.
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Old 09-05-16, 04:37 PM
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It seems only certain local AAA clubs offer this coverage. For example AAA Michigan has no mention of this on its website. The Colorado, Midatlantic clubs, etc have this info on their websites.
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Old 09-05-16, 05:27 PM
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Its showing coverage on the WA State page, pretty cool.
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Old 09-05-16, 06:38 PM
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Imagine the look on the tow truck driver's face...
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Imagine the look on the tow truck driver's face...
he should be happy. he just has to chuck a bike on board.
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You guys are so behind - we had it for years with CAA :-) https://www.caasco.com/Auto/Roadside...ssist-FAQ.aspx
CAA fix flats too and for Plus members (which I am to get coverage for my motorcycle) - bike towing is up to 250K
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Old 09-05-16, 07:06 PM
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Both AAA and CAA have had that service for a while now. I knew about it in Canada back in the early 2000s.

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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
Bingo! I chuckle every time I hear/see references to free healthcare, free college tuition, etc.
Nobody said free anything. Referencing the dollars as Federal is just being accurate. Whether levied from taxes or tariffs, regardless he is talking about Federal dollars, vs State or Local spending.

It's really not rocket science.
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The last time the wife called AAA, they never showed. Called at 7pm, they said 1 hour -- and by 11:30 we gave up and towed the car home by ourselves. Or what about their jump-start service? Wintertime 'no start' call? "We're swamped right now, but we can be there tomorrow morning - maybe" Never again!

AAA and AARP. Both NOT worth it!!!
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In NYC that service has existed since the late 1800s, today it costs $2.75 and is called the subway
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Old 09-06-16, 04:12 AM
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
Thanks but I'll pass on this one. AAA has consistently favored road building for autos over multi modal transportation issues. That means they don't favor spending federal dollars on bike paths and road upgrades to accommodate us. It's why I never joined AAA.
+1. AAA is a motorist lobbying association that has actively opposed federal spending on non-motorized vehicle projects, some of which are supported with federal tax dollars through programs such as TIGER.

BTW...This bike coverage is old news.
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Old 09-06-16, 04:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Kaze6 View Post
Bike paths and other accommodations are a LOCAL issue -- and it is at the local level that we have influence.
Except federal grants contribute to the development of some of them. And in some cases, they are purely federal. Take, for example, the pedestrian/bike way along I-80 across the Delaware River between Delaware Water Gap, PA and New Jersey, which is part of the AT.

It's one thing to support motor vehicle projects. It's another thing to lobby for the diversion of funds from non-motor vehicle project to vehicle projects. AAA has done the latter.
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Old 09-06-16, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by mongol777 View Post
You guys are so behind - we had it for years with CAA :-) https://www.caasco.com/Auto/Roadside...ssist-FAQ.aspx
CAA fix flats too and for Plus members (which I am to get coverage for my motorcycle) - bike towing is up to 250K
I am a CAA member and never knew this. Thanks for posting the link.
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Originally Posted by NewATBikeComute View Post
Includes up to 2 calls per year, and includes transportation for bike and rider up to 10 miles, with some caveats:
I get the same "protection" by having Uber and public transit and taxis around. But I can use them as few or many times as I need, and they're not limited to 10 miles. If I don't use them all year, I don't have to pay. This works better than paying into AAA just in case.
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Originally Posted by Kaze6 View Post
There are no such thing as "Federal dollars." Every single one is either taken from taxpayers or borrowed.
Well said sir...
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Originally Posted by mongol777 View Post
bike towing is up to 250K
They'll tow your bicycle up to 250,000 miles!!! OMG!!!

Prolly hard on the Gatorskins, though.
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Originally Posted by mongol777 View Post
You guys are so behind - we had it for years with CAA :-) https://www.caasco.com/Auto/Roadside...ssist-FAQ.aspx
CAA fix flats too and for Plus members (which I am to get coverage for my motorcycle) - bike towing is up to 250K
I never knew that, and have had AAA roadside, auto and home insurance for many years.

Edit:

Oh, CAnada, not CAlifornia.
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Old 09-06-16, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by kevindsingleton View Post
They'll tow your bicycle up to 250,000 miles!!! OMG!!!

Prolly hard on the Gatorskins, though.

haha! K as in KM :-)
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Except federal grants contribute to the development of some of them. And in some cases, they are purely federal. Take, for example, the pedestrian/bike way along I-80 across the Delaware River between Delaware Water Gap, PA and New Jersey, which is part of the AT.

It's one thing to support motor vehicle projects. It's another thing to lobby for the diversion of funds from non-motor vehicle project to vehicle projects. AAA has done the latter.
You mean, you hate them because they do what they were formed to do -- advocate for cars?
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Old 09-07-16, 04:32 AM
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AAA is the AOL of auto insurance.
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Oregon too

I didn't know this. Oregon AAA says they will take you to some place safe-??? Idaho?
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