Bi­cy­clists get free road­side as­sis­tance

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world -

HART­FORD, Conn. — A Con­necti­cut city is of­fer­ing free road­side as­sis­tance to bi­cy­clists when they suf­fer a flat tire or other mi­nor me­chan­i­cal prob­lems.

The pro­gram in Hart­ford is run by the city’s busi­ness im­prove­ment dis­trict and is touted as the first of its kind in the na­tion. It is de­signed to en­cour­age bi­cy­cle com­mut­ing.

Six dis­trict em­ploy­ees have been trained to fix flats, re­pair bro­ken chains, ad­just brakes and do other mi­nor bi­cy­cle re­pairs. They pa­trol the streets on bikes and have re­sponded to more than 40 calls from stranded bi­cy­clists since launch­ing the ini­tia­tive in May.

The city’s bi­cy­cle and pedes­trian co­or­di­na­tor says Hart­ford also re­cently adopted a “com­plete streets” ini­tia­tive, which will re­quire all new road im­prove­ment projects to in­clude bi­cy­cle lanes.

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