Category Archives: Legal & Legislative

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.

BPSA Creates Electric Bicycle Committee

The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA), responding to the current and future needs of its members, has created an Electric Bicycle committee, chaired by Larry Pizzi from Accell North America, and President of Currie Tech.

The committee will meet by teleconference the week before Interbike to set priorities in the three areas of BPSA expertise and influence: Statistics, Safety, and Legal/Legislative.

“Our main goal is to establish a common and unified ‘electric bicycle’ voice amongst the supplier community,” Pizzi noted. “Now that we have a representative group of suppliers and manufacturers, we can set specific goals and take action.”

Besides Pizzi, committee members include:
Darren Snyder from Trek
Chad Price from Specialized
John Munhall from Giant
Zach Kraphl from Felt
Don DiCostanzo from Pedego
Jeffrey Young from Shimano
Claudia Wasko from Bosch
Rob Cappucci from SRAM

BPSA Seeks Comments on CPSC Rule Change

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is proposing a rule change that would affect importers and manufacturers of bikes, helmets, cycling apparel and children’s products, and is accepting written comments on the proposed change. Comments are due by July 29.

The proposed rule would amend existing regulation on the certificates of compliance that companies must fill out and supply for product tested to meet the Consumer Product Safety Information Act (CPSIA), which was passed in 2008.

Among other things, it would require that the certificates be submitted electronically at the time of import for certified products; a company would have to indicate where the electronic certificate can be found on the product, shipping carton or invoice; and it would require changes to the information found on the certificates themselves, which must be kept a minimum of five years.

Matt Moore, general counsel for Quality Bicycle Products and chairman of the legal and legislative committee for the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, said the rule change could potentially add cost and administrative burden for companies without much of an upside.

The BPSA is soliciting comments from all suppliers that are affected — whether they’re BPSA members or not. Moore said the BPSA plans to submit a comment on behalf of the industry and member companies.

“The original requirement to do the testing for products and create a certificate that says we did the testing and it meets applicable regulations, to me that seems to be enough,” Moore said. “Now the additional requirements might make it easier for the government to check up on those things, but it doesn’t improve the testing or safety of products.

“We want to gather information from compliance experts in the industry on what the worst features of this proposed rule are and what we should be pointing out to the agency and make suggestions for alternatives,” Moore said.

The BPSA is planning to host a conference call in coming weeks to begin industry dialogue. Companies interested in taking part should contact Matt Moore at mmoore@qbp.com or BPSA executive director Ray Keener at ray@growthcycle.net.

Suppliers can find the CPSC proposal and submit a formal comment at www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/05/13/2013-11164/certificates-of-compliance.

BPSA Urges End to Labor Deadlock

Boulder, CO: A west-coast dock strike is looming when the current contract with the Longshore and Warehouse union expires June 30th. The BPSA joins dozens of other US trade associations in urging a quick settlement.

Here are excerpts from the letter sent by BPSA President Roger Gierhart to both the Longshore union leadership and the Pacific Maritime Association’s CEO James McKenna, representing the shippers:

“According to U.S. Government data, approximately 16 million bicycles and more than 110 million various parts and accessories were imported to the United States in 2013. Given our industry’s heavy reliance on the U.S. ports to get its products to consumers, we urge you to make every attempt possible to conclude an agreement on a new contract before the current contract expires on June 30, 2014. It is critical that a new agreement be reached without disruptions to the movement of freight.

BPSA joins the dozens of other industry organizations in urging that you move quickly to negotiate a resolution, even if discussions need to go beyond the date the current labor agreement expires. A failure to reach an agreement will have a significant negative impact on the bicycle industry, as it will on the U.S. economy as a whole.”

For more information about this and other BPSA issues or programs, contact Ray Keener, BPSA Executive Director, ray@bpsa.org, (303) 442-2466