£30 breakdown service is set up for cyclists

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To its members it could be known as the fifth emergency service, writes Mark Rowe. A 24-hour recovery hotline is to be launched for the poor relation among road users - the cyclist.

To its members it could be known as the fifth emergency service, writes Mark Rowe. A 24-hour recovery hotline is to be launched for the poor relation among road users - the cyclist.

Working on the same principles as the AA and the RAC, it will let cyclists obtain help in the event of a breakdown anywhere on a public road in the United Kingdom.

The scheme is not aimed only at experienced cyclists - the hope is that it will encourage more people to use bicycles for everyday transport.

Cyclecover Rescue has been launched by the Cyclists' Touring Club, Britain's largest cycling organisation, which has 70,000 members.

For a £30 membership fee, cyclists will be covered if their bikes are damaged or stolen, though punctures are excluded. They and their cycles will be taken home, to other accommodation, to a station or repair shop, as appropriate.

"Women and less experienced cyclists will be attracted because of the security offered," said Matt Mallinder, CTC commercial officer. "It will make cycling a lot more inviting."

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