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Posted at 1:19 PM ET, 09/27/2010

AAA more cycle-friendly, except where money is concerned

By David Alpert

AAA Mid-Atlantic has made a welcome effort to be friendly toward pedestrians and cyclists since the controversy over their hateful reaction to Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes. But while they might preach "share the road," it's certainly not "share the budget," as AAA Mid-Atlantic argued in a recent editorial for taking away ped, bike and transit funding and reallocating everything to cars.

Nationwide, AAA has a reputation for often lobbying against transit and pedestrian and bicycle programs, but many local clubs have tried to work more positively with users of other modes, even establishing bicycle roadside assistance (which Better World Club, AAA's main competition, has always offered).

National AAA even distanced itself from AAA Mid-Atlantic's Lon Anderson's press release slamming the installation of the Pennsylvania Avenue lanes. AAA spokesperson John Townsend and social media manager Kim Snedaker assured us they "are not anti-bike," and replaced the inflammatory press release with a more conciliatory one. (Neither is still available on the Web.)

[Continue reading David Alpert's post here at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | September 27, 2010; 1:19 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, traffic, transportation  
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Comments

I am one of hundreds of bicycle commuters at the National Institutes of Health, and also a member of AAA. AAA's official position does NOT represent the views of its members, who have never been polled regarding funding for bike lanes and other bike-friendly transit.

Posted by: dricks | September 27, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Correct. Triple A rips off working suburban drivers by taking their dues, but funnels that wealth to promote the interests of the intertwined Bush/Saudi crime families. In the long run, suburban drivers end up worse off, and the country less secure. Nobody but terrorists and Exxon shareholders should belong to AAA.

Posted by: SydneyP | September 28, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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