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August 14, 2023

The Evolving Landscape of Bicycle Regulations

By: PeopleForBikes Staff

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PeopleForBikes is continuing our engagement with the CPSC on lithium battery safety, coaster brake requirements, and potential new bicycle and e-bike regulations.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently opened a comment period related to a petition to revoke the footbrake (coaster brake) requirements in 16 CFR Part 1512, which contains the standard federal requirements for bicycles. The CPSC is also interested in receiving comments about revising bicycle regulations and adding new regulations specific to e-bikes. PeopleForBikes submitted a comment related to these topics on July 24, 2023.

“As the U.S. bicycle industry’s trade association, PeopleForBikes represents the diverse perspectives of our members on these important issues,” said Matt Moore, general and policy counsel at PeopleForBikes. “After surveying members, PeopleForBikes drafted a comment supporting the revision of 16 CFR Part 1512, as well as creation of new electric-bicycle-specific regulations based on ISO 4210 (1-9), as well as relevant parts of UL 2849. PeopleForBikes also suggests that manufacturers continue to self-certify product compliance with any new regulations.”

As part of our ongoing engagement with federal regulatory agencies, PeopleForBikes has been in contact with the CPSC about issues surrounding e-bikes and rider safety. In January 2023, representatives from PeopleForBikes met with CPSC staff to discuss lithium ion battery safety, model three-class legislation for electric bicycles, and concerns around e-bike rider safety. Since that meeting, PeopleForBikes has engaged with policymakers at every level of government on lithium ion battery safety issues and advocated for sustainable and responsible certification and handling of lithium ion batteries that are used to power e-mobility devices.

The CPSC hosted a forum with their commissioners on July 27, 2023, on e-mobility battery safety issues and solutions. The recording of the hearing is available online. Written comments will be accepted until August 21 on the issues discussed at this forum.

PeopleForBikes Policy Counsel Matt Moore and Trek Bicycle Compliance Engineer Jeff Jambois were among a small group of industry and battery safety experts selected to provide testimony during the July 27 forum. Political leaders including Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Representative Ritchie Torres, and New York City Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh will also provide their testimony and perspectives alongside academic battery experts. PeopleForBikes appreciates the bicycle industry's continued support as we engage federal regulatory agencies to address these challenging issues.

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