The Canadian version of the AA to my amazement had a stall at Velocity in Vancouver. Essentially the AAA in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon & Idaho are now providing a breakdown rescue service similar to that offered to cars. I suggested to the woman on the stall that they might be seeing the writing on the wall; that their business will shrink if they don’t embrace alternatives as car use becomes too expensive & people move away from car use for environmental & lifestyle reasons. She agreed with my appraisal. I think we need to start lobbying our respective AAs to promote this kind of change in other countries. What do you think?
This is a link to a post from the League of American Bicyclists blog which gives more details AAA Washington To Provide Emergency Bicycle Service.
The CAA are also producing information materials helping people to select bikes for their children & providing advice about ‘safe’ cycling. They are pretty conservative leaflets & I’m not sure that I’d agree with all of the content but it’s an interesting development.