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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

BPSA Assists in Coordinating Recall of Bikes With Quick-Release Levers and Front Disc Brakes

Boulder, CO: Thirteen companies representing 17 bike brands are participating in a joint voluntary recall involving certain model bikes equipped with front-wheel quick releases and disc brakes. The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (“BPSA”) has assisted in bringing the group together and in ensuring riders and retailers are informed about the recall.

As part of BPSA’s efforts, a central website (www.quickreleaserecall.com) has been established to address questions and direct consumers and retailers to the appropriate resources.

The recall addresses bicycles that were sold equipped with disc brakes and a front quick-release lever that can come into contact with the front disc brake when improperly adjusted or left open while riding.

A rider should check the website to see if his or her bike is part of the recall. A rider with a bike that is subject to the recall should stop riding the bike and take it to the dealer to have the dealer install a new quick-release. In many cases, the replacement can be accomplished in as quick as five minutes.

“Rider safety is our top priority,” said Patrick Cunnane, Chair of BPSA’s committee addressing this matter. “We are pleased to be able to serve a role in bringing together the participating companies and facilitating this unprecedented large group effort.”

The recall is being conducted by the 13 companies in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and the Consumer Protection Agency of the United Mexican States.

For More Information: Contact Ray Keener, BPSA Executive Director. ray@bpsa.org, 303-442-2466

Legislative Monitoring Partnership Uncovers Threats

The joint Legislative monitoring project, between PeopleForBikes (PFB) and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) is resulting in unprecedented industry scrutiny of state and local legislation and ordinances in all 50 states.

Alex Logemann, who started this important work as a part-time PFB employee in late 2014, has now moved into a full-time role. He has examined over 20,000 bills and 7,000 regulations through a search of keywords important to industry companies.

“There are a dizzying array of proposed new laws that show up every day,” Logemann noted. “Lawmakers seem intent on regulating cyclists and bicycle-related products, and we’re here to keep an eye on them.”

Here are a few examples from the thousands of proposed laws Logemann has observed:

1) Lighting Laws. In its original form, California AB 28 this bill would have required that all bicyclists use a white flashing rear light at night.  We coordinated with CalBike, who was in touch with the bill sponsor, to provide industry input and this legislation was amended to require a red rear light or reflector when riding at night.  We have monitored four other bills addressing bicycle lights this session to ensure that any reforms are consistent with products on the market.

2) Quick Release Restrictions.  New Jersey has seen nine bills introduced since 2006 attempting to regulate the use of quick releases on bicycles.  The BPSA has been engaged on this subject since a version of this bill passed the New Jersey Assembly in 2007, and then died in the Senate.  Senate Bill 1517 is the most recent version of this legislation, and remains pending this session.  We are continuing to monitor this bill, and remain ready to act if it sees any movement.

3) Fees on Bicycles and Accessories. In 2014 and 2015, laws that would have imposed new fees or taxes on bicycling were proposed in California, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin. In some states the fees were as high as $25 on the sale of a new bicycle. While these proposals did not pass, we continue to closely watch any bills that would impose additional costs on bicycles and related accessories.  On a positive note, we have also observed bicycle-friendly bills in New York state that would exempt bicycle helmets from sales tax, and provide a tax credit for new bicycle purchases.

4) Chemical Restrictions. State legislatures have been particularly active in working on laws that regulate the use of chemicals in consumer products. Many of these bills require manufacturers of products containing listed chemicals to report their presence, and several bills even ban products containing listed chemicals.  Of the over 100 bills that have been introduced across the country on this subject, we are:

  • Closely tracking 24 bills that are more likely to affect the bicycle industry
  • Engaging with partners that test our products for the presence of chemicals for technical analysis
  • Developing relationships with external groups that we may partner with to effectively ensure the bicycle industry is represented in state legislatures

2015 BLC Program Drives Attendance

MONTEREY, Calif. — The BPSA has finalized the innovative program for the Bicycle Leadership Conference, April 14-16, 2015 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa. The theme for this year’s BLC, Growing Our Market, underscores the cycling industry’s efforts to increase sales and participation. Education sessions, speakers and presentations that fit this theme are driving attendance of the industry’s top leadership.

The conference opens with a Keynote Address delivered by best-selling author and Innovation Instigator Stephen Shapiro. Opening the conference on the second and final day, Kevin Rutherford, President and CEO of Nuun and Company, will share his experience how the healthy lifestyle movement can fuel growth for the cycling industry.

In addition to two outstanding Keynote presentations, other topics include how the running market has increased customer engagement, the first full unveiling of the PeopleForBikes consumer research and an interactive panel presentation on Intellectual Property and protecting your brand.

The result of this far-reaching program: The industry’s top leaders will be in attendance to network with each other and discuss challenges and solutions. Just a partial list of the over 200 attendees:

John Burke, Trek
Chris Speyer, Accell
Pat Cunnane, ASI
Elysa Walk, Giant
Pat Hus, Interbike
Tim Blumenthal, PeopleForBikes
Dave Pfeiffer, Shimano
Stan Day, SRAM

This is the one BLC you can’t afford to miss! For additional details or to register now, please visit www.bicycleconference.com