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 E-Bike Training Program Launches

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.

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.