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AAA plans service for bicyclists

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- AAA typically provides help to people driving something with four wheels, but now they're expanding their services to rides with two.

Here's how it works, AAA members call a hotline and a dispatch unit will take the bicycle and member to a safe location within their membership level.

Biking experts like Jerry Markee of Markee's Cycling Center in Kennewick says this is a nice idea for extreme examples, but otherwise, it's not really necessary.

"So for how quickly it is to teach somebody how to change a flat on a bicycle. I would say they would be much more efficient to spend the three to five minutes than waiting for the time period to have somebody come drive and come get you."

Markee adds bike shops like his offer pumps and other tools for any problems that cyclists may face.

AAA's service will be available to members in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia starting July 1st.