To encourage bicycle commuting in the city and ease some the fears associated with it.
“The free roadside assistance initiative is run by the Hartford Business Improvement District. It is part of the organization’s Clean and Safe program, which puts those “safety ambassadors” on downtown streets, giving free assistance to stranded motorists, providing security escorts and acting as another set of eyes and ears for police, said Jordan Polon, the business district’s executive director.
The group added bicycle assistance in May to encourage bicycle commuting in the city and ease some the fears associated with it, she said.”
“Eddie Zayas is one of the district’s “safety ambassadors.” Like the vast majority of the others, he’s a city resident. He wears a fluorescent yellow uniform and an identification badge and patrols on his bicycle downtown. He carries with him a two-way radio, a tool kit and three different sizes of bicycle tubes.
He looks for bicyclists who need help and takes service calls.”
Eddie Zayas, a safety ambassador for the Hartford Business Improvement District, shows off some of his bicycle repair tools during patrol of downtown streets on Sept. 2, 2017. Zayas is part of a program that provides free roadside assistance to bicyclists who break down in Connecticut’s capital city (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)
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