AAA Colorado’s new policy extending roadside assistance to bicyclist members went into effect Wednesday, as Stephanie Wolf reports for The policy will help members whose bikes are damaged or inoperable by providing them with transportation via service cars at trail heads or publicly traveled roads.

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The service cars will take the members wherever they would like to go within a designated radius of the pickup spot, with the mileage determined by the person’s membership level, Wolf writes. AAA said they want to promote road sharing and bicycle safety, Wolf writes, noting that the League of American Bicyclists ranked Colorado as the second most bike-friendly state in the country.

AAA’s announcement comes as the third annual Pedal the Plains bicycle tour was announced in The Denver Post. The 173-mile tour is scheduled for Sept. 19-21 along the South Platte River, with stops on Wiggins, Fort Morgan, and Sterling the Post writes.

In a news conference Wednesday, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper called the Tour a unique ride that represents what the state is about. “It’s about people from all over the state coming together, being outside, exercising and exploring the state’s heritage and history,” he said, according to the Post. The ride coincides with Fort Morgan’s Fall Harvest Car Show and Sterling’s Sugar Beet Days.

Pedal the Plains offers safety tips for the prevention of bicycle accidents, as in this event bicyclists will be sharing the road with motorists. Although the event takes place later this year, these safety tips are good to know any time of year when you are riding on an open road:

  • Have a technician inspect your bike before you ride it.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Don’t ride while wearing headphones.
  • Wear brightly colored clothing so drivers can see you.
  • Use reflectors and headlights when riding before dawn or dusk.
  • Use a rearview mirror.
  • Follow the rules of the road: obey laws, signs, and signals.
  • Be aware of and yield to all traffic
  • Use hand signals to show you are turning left or right, slowing, or stopping.
  • Ride as far to the right side of the road as possible.
  • Ride in a straight line in a predictable way.
  • Don’t ride two side-by-side unless the shoulder is wide enough.
  • Never assume that you have the right of way or that drivers can see you.
  • Expect the unexpected.
  • When you stop and rest, move completely off the road.
  • Cross railroad tracks only at a right angle.
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