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Bike industry execs meet with lawmakers in Washington

Published November 9, 2015
16 female industry execs meet to discuss the transportation bill and trade issues.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes conducted another "fly-in" lobbying trip to Washington last week, when 16 female bike industry executives met with lawmakers to discuss the transportation bill, trade issues and more.

The group met with members of congress, their senior staff, and other influential stakeholders and coalition leaders to help move forward pro-bike business and industry goals.

The fly-in coincided with meetings happening on the Hill to discuss the transportation bill that is the largest check Congress writes for bike and pedestrian projects each year—roughly $820 million for 2,300 projects.

"This fly-in was critical because there were two amendments on the floor of Congress this exact week that would have stripped away bicycle funding. We were able to deliver our message of the powerful economics of the industry and how cycling is making communities better all over the country," said Elysa Walk, former general manager of Giant, who delayed her departure from the company to attend the fly-in.

"The timing of our PeopleforBikes Executive Fly-in was perfect, as important trade and transportation bills were on the floor in Congress," said Shinola's bicycle director, Sky Yaeger. "We talked about the Trans Pacific Partnership and Environmental Goods Agreement which could reduce or eliminate tariffs on bicycles and components and encourage global bicycle sales. Both issues pending will have a real impact on the industry. Meeting face-to-face with staff, members of congress and senators moved the needle in the right direction."

"We heard from the Marketplace Fairness Coalition on how the bike industry can continue to help forward legislation that creates sales tax parity between online sales and brick and mortar," Alix Magner, national sales manager at Quality Bicycle Products. "This is a serious issue for independent bicycle dealers and the political climate in Congress is getting closer to passing this important legislation. The next couple months are key so our timing for meetings was great."

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