ADAC wants to introduce nationwide roadside assistance for cyclists from June. The general meeting of the association approved the respective plans of the automobile club for the new service offering on Saturday in Wiesbaden.
“The need for help, advice and protection does not stop with the mobility area, we can do more and make more offers to our members,” said ADAC president Christian Reinicke to 220 delegates.
Reinicke has been in the post for a year and has recently made headlines asking to leave the car at home and cycle to the bakery to save fuel. “Even if someone travels by bus, train or bike, we want to be there for them,” said Reinicke. Much approval is expected at the delegates’ meeting.
Breakdown helpers are still gaining experience
The bicycle repair service should be free of charge to the 21.2 million ADAC members. Since July last year, it has been operating as a pilot project in Berlin and Brandenburg. “Our breakdown helpers are doing just fine,” said Reinicke. In 75% of the cases it is about punctures. Repairs typically took less than 40 minutes – twice as long as the car, as breakdown assistants were still gaining experience, said ADAC board member Oliver Weissenberger.
The association is also testing the ADAC locksmith service in several cities and offers members a premium health app with telemedicine advice from German-speaking doctors while traveling abroad. The common idea behind it is “emergency assistance,” said Reinicke, referring to roadside assistance and air rescue. “Wiesbaden should send the ADAC a real exit signal.” At the General Meeting of Shareholders, the ADAC’s offer will be extended to health and home areas by a 2/3 majority of votes by changing the Articles of Association.
Benefits for new members
“The main reason for membership of the ADAC is still roadside assistance, by a large margin,” said Weissenberger. The club is in good financial shape. Contributions were increased in 2020. On the other hand, costs fell because there was less traffic and less road assistance during the corona pandemic. The move from the Motorwelt members magazine, which was mailed monthly to all members, to a quarterly journal, which is available in supermarkets and ADAC offices, will save the club millions. ADAC wants to invest money in new membership services, including the expansion and connection of various applications.
A year ago, Reinicke was chosen to succeed August Markl, who reformed the traditional club after the scandal over the manipulated price of the “Yellow Angel” car. (dpa)