To mark National Bike Safety Month in May and to respond to a growing national enthusiasm for cycling, AAA Southern New England is rolling out bicycle roadside assistance to members in New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield counties.

The new, free program means AAA members can request assistance if a disabled bicycle needs minor repairs or requires transportation to a nearby destination within the club's Connecticut territory.

"Whether for sport, transportation or family fun, the number of people riding bikes is on the rise," said Mary Wyatt, AAA's senior vice president of marketing and publications. "It's also a natural fit for AAA since it's our goal to help keep members moving. It makes sense for us to extend our roadside assistance to include bicycles."

A service vehicle will meet members on any generally traveled road within AAA Southern New England's territory, any time of day, 365 days a year. After attempting minor repairs, if the AAA technician is unable to get the member back on the road, the member and bicycle will be provided transported free of charge within a defined radius. AAA's bicycle benefit also extends to INsiders, who are enrolled in AAA's free program for teens.

Along with the new program, the club is developing a network of area approved bike repair facilities where cyclists can access exclusive member benefits. AAA also will continue to expand its support of bicycle safety rodeos in conjunction with area police departments.

No registration is required for members to begin using the new bicycle benefit.

For information, visit To request service, members should call 800-AAA-HELP.