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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

New BPSA Board Members

Welcome Megan Tompkins of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Larry Pizzi of Currie Tech, and John Munhall of Giant Bicycle to the BPSA Board of Directors.

Tompkins, BRaIN’s Publisher and former Editor-in-Chief, was elected to the BPSA Board at the April Membership meeting at the 2014 Bicycle Leadership Conference (BLC). Tompkins will chair the BLC planning committee, and is also a former Board member of the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC).

Pizzi, Currie Tech’s President, was elected in late June 2014. Pizzi’s successful industry background goes back to his retail days at Bike Tech in Philadelphia and includes stints with Service Cycle, Bell Sports, Schwinn/GT and Brunswick. Pizzi also serves on the Board of the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA).

Munhall, Director of Product Management at Giant Bicycle, was elected in late June 2014. With a history in the bicycle industry that dates back to the BMX track and bicycle retail, Munhall was a small business owner before returning to the bicycle industry in the late 90’s. He has been with Giant for the past 10 years.

Huge thanks to departing BPSA Board members Chris Speyer of Accell and Elysa Walk of Giant for their combined decade of service.