BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association are joining forces to monitor state and local bike-related legislation and tackle federal industry issues.
"For many years, BPSA has aspired to get out front and learn more about what is happening at the state and local level, rather than waiting for a crisis or a fire-drill that requires action," said BPSA's president, Roger Gierhart of Trek Bicycle. "The new partnership will help identify pending legislation, regulations and ordinances that may have a negative impact on issues of importance to the bike industry."
PeopleForBikes selected attorney Alex Logemann to monitor bike equipment-related legislation and regulations in all 50 states. An avid bike rider, Logemann was most recently a Denver associate at the law firm Faegre, Baker and Daniels. He graduated from Harvard Law School.
"This logical partnership between two leading associations will strengthen the industry," said Jenn Dice, PFB's vice president of government relations. "For the first time, we have watchdog capability to mitigate risk and look for opportunities to increase bicycle and product sales."
Matt Moore of Quality Bicycle Products, BPSA's legal and legislative committee chair, said,"Identifying bike-related legislation is the first half of the battle. BPSA and PFB will follow up with state and local action, from lobbyists when needed, and from representatives of BPSA suppliers and NBDA retailers when appropriate."
BPSA and PeopleForBikes continue to cooperate on several federal matters of industry importance including related trade, tariff and counterfeiting issues. Members of the BPSA board of directors have attended PeopleForBikes' executive fly-ins to Washington, D.C. The new partnership will encourage more joint local, state and federal activities.