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Legislative Monitoring

It’s a new legislative session in statehouses across America, and as with every year, there are all kinds of wacky ideas flying around about regulating bikes and bike riding in various ways.

Our legislative watchdog Alex Logemann, who runs the joint BPSA/PeopleForBikes monitoring program that examined over 20,000 bills last year, has a couple of examples:

“We have seen several significant attacks on bike riding in state legislatures this session,” noted Logemann. “Bike registration bills were introduced in Montana, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and a law that would have required permits to use bike lanes was put forth in Minnesota.”

“While many of these laws are unable to generate much momentum, one proposal that would have required out-of-state bike riders to pay $25 to ride in Montana actually passed the state Senate. It took a major grassroots effort to have the provision removed from the legislation in the House.”

“Learning about these important bills in real time enables us to take action quickly and ensure that the voice of bike riders is represented in the legislature,” noted Logemann.

Your BPSA and PFB dues support Alex’s and BPSA Legal chair Matt Moore’s important work. We appreciate your support, and we know it’s paying off by keeping the legislative playing field safe and sane for bicycles.

BPSA/People For Bikes Executive Fly-In

Influencing the Congress and the appropriate Federal agencies in DC to enact bicycle-friendly legislation is an important part of our association work.

There will be another BPSA/PeopleForBikes Executive Fly-In on May 17-18, we invite any executives representing BPSA member companies to join in. Thanks to Jenn Dice of PeopleForBikes for the great help setting this up with her team. E-mail Jenn (jenn@peopleforbikes.org) if you’d like to attend.

E-Bike Summit Draws Industry Leaders

The mood was definitely upbeat as e-bike retailers, suppliers and advocates gathered on December 8th at Interbike headquarters in San Juan Capistrano to take stock of 2016 e-bike progress and prepare for 2017. BRaIN’s Marc Sani did a great job of summarizing the meeting here.

One of the day’s many bright spots was the BPSA E-Bike Committee hitting its 2017 revenue goals. Committee Chair Larry Pizzi, President of Raleigh-Electric, had commitments totaling $294,500 in hand. Interbike’s Pat Hus offered to bridge the gap to the $300,000 goal if someone would match his contribution, and BPSA Board member John Munhall of Giant Bicycle stepped up.

Achieving the $300,000 goal triggered an additional $100,000 in funding from the BPSA. So the E-bike movement is set to achieve even more in 2017, with their largest budget ever, starting with efforts to harmonize the three-class structure in 13 states.
The E-Bike Committee met in executive session after the conclusion of the Summit, followed by a BPSA-sponsored dinner for 28. Among the Committee’s actions were appointment of Haibike’s Ken Miner and Ed Benjamin of ECycleElectric and LEVA as new E-Bike Committee members.

New BPSA Branding Ad

Based on the success of the joint BPSA/PeopleForBikes legislative monitoring program, the BPSA Marketing Committee (Pat Hus, Chair, Matt Karaus, Creative Director, Megan Tompkins, Adam Micklin, Ray Keener) created a new branding ad, now running in BRaIN.

“The legislative monitoring partnership is such a valuable asset to the industry,” said Pat Hus, BPSA Marketing Committee chair. “It’s a huge factor in driving our membership increase, so we want to make sure the industry awareness is high.”
There is also a related animated .gif running on the IBD Summit website: http://www.theibdsummit.com/. And check back here for more great news on the legislative front in the coming year.

BPSA Sponsors Interbike Supplier Seminar Series

BPSA continues its role as the primary source of industry supplier education withy title sponsorship of Interbike’s inaugural Supplier Seminar Series at the recently concluded Vegas show.

Over 200 supply-side students flocked to the seven speaker and panel sessions over the three days of the show. Topics included:
• The New Definition of Performance – Designing the Future of Mobility
• Outside-In Product Line Planning: Tools and Techniques for Using Consumer Segmentation
• Succession Planning for Business Owners
• How to Get Noticed: Tips From Media Experts

“We’re excited to extend the BPSA’s educational influence from the Bicycle Leadership Conference to our industry’s biggest trade event,” noted Megan Tompkins, BLC Content Committee chair. “We’re looking forward to working with Pat, Justin and the Interbike team to put on an even better series of seminars in 2017.”