The Washington state legislature passed the BPSA-created and -backed three-class e-bike legislation in late February.
The bill (SB 6434) is very similar to bills passed in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee and Utah and was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 13th with an effective date of June 7th, 2018.
“We worked closely with Washington Bikes on this bill and have an ally in the governor’s office,” said Morgan Lommele, e-bike campaigns manager for BPSA.
Lommele said BPSA is pursuing e-bike bills in Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin this year.
We’ve been leading the charge to pass favorable e-bike laws, gain more access for e-bikes, and inform retailers and consumers for three years. Here are our latest successes:
• Clarifying e-bike laws: So that it’s easy for riders, retailers, and lawmakers to know where e-bikes are allowed, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Tennessee, and Utah have passed laws that classify e-bikes like bicycles. Click for state by state e-bike guides.
• 2018 e-bike campaigns: We have identified 13 new states where we believe we have the relationships and resources needed to advance e-bike friendly bills: AL, AK, AZ, CT, FL, HI, ID, ME, MA, MO, OR, PA and WY.
• Places to ride eMTBs: A great result of our BPSA/PeopleForBikes partnership is an interactive eMTB map with 8,679 miles of routes cataloged. Our eMTB Adventures highlight great rides in places like Crested Butte, Gunnison, Hood River, or Sun Valley.
• Fighting for better e-bike access: The new eMTB Playbook helps locals advocate for better eMTB access. Use it to understand how e-bike policy works and for all the right talking points.
Boulder, CO: The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) has produced a series of 10 two-minute video training sessions to help shop staff connect with and sell e-bikes.
The BPSA E-bike Committee, comprised of 14 industry company representatives, approved the budget for the program after the E-Bike Summit in mid-December.
BPSA Executive Director Ray Keener, with an extensive history in staff training, co-produced the video with long-time collaborator Chuck Smith of Straw Hat Pictures in Arvada, CO.
“This is an exciting time for e-bike sales in the IBD,” Noted Larry Pizzi, BPSA E-Bike Committee Chair and President of IZIP and Raleigh Electric. “According to NPD Group, sales show strong growth, up more than four times since 2013 in the Dealer channel. This indicates a unique opportunity for IBD’s that embrace the category, and now is the time to get staff trained up and charged up about electric bikes.”
The ten videos present both market context and selling tips. “We shot at six different shops and interviewed about 20 shop staff and customers,” noted Keener. “We did focus groups with shop rookies and veterans, got a good response and made some changes, too.”
The training program is live on the Myagi training website as of March 1. Soon, the content will be available on the Trek, Specialized, Giant, Raleigh Electric, and Bosch training sites as well. A two-minute sample video, the first in the series of 10, “The E-Bike Appeal,” is available here.
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.