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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.”

New BPSA Board Members

Claudia Wasko from Bosch, Brian Benzer from SRAM and Shimano’s Andrew Kempe were elected in April 2016 as the newest BPSA Board members at the Bicycle Leadership Conference in Monterey, CA.

Each attended their first BBPSA Board meeting in Boulder, CO in mid-June. For a complete list of BPSA Board members and officers, click here.

Governor Brown Signs California E-Bike Law

On October 7, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1096, legislation that clarifies the regulation of electric bicycles (e-bikes) in California. This new law is the result of a coordinated campaign between the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA), PeopleForBikes, and the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) to refine how and where cyclists can ride electric bicycles.

Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) introduced the legislation, and played an instrumental role in the bill’s success. A.B. 1096 passed the Legislature with unanimous support in both chambers and takes effect on January 1, 2016.

The legislation updates California law to reflect the progression in technology around electric bicycles. The bill designates three classes of e-bikes and distinguishes lower speed electric bicycles that reach motor-assisted speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, from higher “speed pedelecs” which have motors that provide assistance up to 28 miles per hour. This class system allows the use of lower-speed e-bikes on bicycle paths, and also provides local authorities with the flexibility to regulate different types of e-bikes based on their needs.

In addition to modernizing e-bike law, with A.B. 1096, e-bikes are no longer regulated like mopeds, and the same rules of the road will apply to both e-bikes and human-powered bicycles. E-bikes are also no longer subject to the registration, licensing, or insurance requirements that apply to motor vehicles.

“The US bicycle industry is very pleased that Governor Brown signed AB 1096 into law,” said Larry Pizzi, Chair of the BPSA’s Electric Bicycle Committee. “We believe that these new regulations will serve as a model for many other states to follow and provide safe and appropriate access to bicycling infrastructure for the wide variety of low-speed electric bicycles that are being marketed today. From the onset of our involvement in drafting the concept for the bill, safety has been our primary concern. With a multi-class structure established, states, municipalities and land management agencies can regulate effectively and clear a path for the proliferation of electric bicycles, which we believe will provide access to bicycling for many more Americans.”

The BPSA and PeopleForBikes are grateful to Assemblymember David Chiu for sponsoring this legislation and his staff for successfully shepherding it through the legislature, as well as all of the stakeholders who came together in support of this bill. They would also like to thank the Executive Director of CalBike, Dave Snyder, and the entire CalBike staff for their significant contributions to this effort to get more people riding bicycles.

From more information contact: Morgan Lommele, BPSA & PeopleForBikes E-Bikes Campaigns Manager morgan@peopleforbikes.org