Day 107: Better World Club roadside assistance

20 04 2010

Several years ago we were looking for a socially-responsible roadside assistance company who provided coverage for bicycles and who would be concerned with the environment (an alternative to AAA). After doing some research, we joined the environmentally friendly Better World Club. They support a cleaner environment and provide unique, eco-friendly travel alternatives. According to BWC’s website, their membership includes:

Eco-travel services, discounts on hybrid car rental, insurance services, free maps, auto maintenance discounts and bicycle roadside assistance. We donate one percent of annual revenues toward environmental cleanup and advocacy.

In comparison, AAA does offer bicycle roadside assistance, but only in Oregon and Idaho. Not at all helpful to people who live in the other 48 states. If you switch from AAA to the Better World Club, BWC waives their $12 sign-up fee. BWC may seem similar to AAA, but they differ in several important ways:

— BWC offers discounts on hybrid rental cars.
— BWC has the nation’s only bicycle roadside assistance.
— BWC is not part of the Highway Lobby.
— BWC believes that the government should establish a goal of getting us off Middle Eastern oil in 10 years.
— BWC offers discounts on eco-travel.
— BWC encourages creation and maintenance of bike paths.

The Better World Club has several membership levels to choose from. You can choose basic auto coverage, add the bicycle assistance to your auto coverage or do bike-only coverage. We have the Premium Auto Plus (towing/emergency services up to 100 miles from pick up; 4 service calls per covered member/year) plus the Bicycle coverage (bike assistance up to 30 miles in total for year; 2 service calls per year).

If you’re in need of BWC’s emergency roadside assistance on your bike, you can call the assistance phone number to have them dispatch one of their service technicians to deliver you and your bike to your desired location or they will assist with flat tire repairs. Since they can’t verify bike ownership, if your bike is immobilized by a bike lock, they won’t dispatch service to free it. However, if you have organized service to free a locked bike, you can submit a claim for reimbursement up to a limit of $50. In other words, don’t forget your key or combination to your bike lock.

The bike-only membership plan includes enrollment to the League of American Bicyclists, a subscription to Bicycling Magazine, discounts and special offers on cycling gear and League events and more. Cycling services can be added to any of their auto programs for $17.00. Members who also have auto coverage don’t receive these benefits, which apply only to individuals with a Bicycle Only membership.

Still, it’s a great deal. I carry my membership card in my wallet all the time, and any time I set out for a bike ride, I always take my driver’s license, credit card, health insurance card and my Better World Club card. I’ve never needed to use the service yet, but it’s nice to know it’s available. (I hope I didn’t just jinx myself for my next bike ride.)

Today’s starting weight: 150

Breakfast:
— Low fat organic vanilla yogurt with granola = 450 cal.

Lunch:
— Turkey sandwich on whole wheat = 360
— Chips (about 1 cup) = 150
— Iced tea = 0

Dinner:
— BBQ pork sandwich = 360
— French fries = 200
— Iced tea = 0

Life is a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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8 11 2010
Day 309: Park Tool School – Day 1 of 4 « Cyclingproject365

[…] I’d like to be able to fix it myself instead of waiting around for who-knows-how-long for Better World Club to show […]

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