We create a favorable bike business environment through legislation and regulation. We do this by fostering an informed, inclusive and networked industry membership with proactive programming and policy; managing a robust federal, state and local government relations and policy team; educating and engaging federal, state and local decision makers on legislative and regulatory issues; serving as the leading source of research, data and analysis about the bike industry; providing continuing education, networking and partnership opportunities; and convening industry committees that handle special topics.
Proactively Addressing Trade and Supply Chain Challenges
We advance trade policies for bicycle manufacturing that create stability in the global trade environment so that U.S. bike companies can proactively plan their supply chains, adjust their production to meet demand, use their capital to invest in business expansion, hire new employees and increase wages.Our Work in This Area:
Decreasing Tax Burdens on Bike Businesses
We fight bills and measures that would increase taxes and support those that decrease taxes on businesses. We support a taxation policy that recognizes the considerable potential of the bicycle to help achieve domestic goals and support other U.S. policies directed at improving the environment and advance incentives such as tax credits, tax deductions or interest-free loans for businesses.Our Work in This Area:
Passing Progressive Electric Bicycle Legislation and Establishing Offices of Outdoor Recreation in All 50 States
We work to foster a positive business environment through state legislation toward progressive electric bicycle laws and state offices of outdoor recreation. Progressive electric bicycle laws ensure that consumers and retailers are not confused about their state’s electric bicycle laws and that electric bicycles are regulated similarly to traditional bicycles. States that have offices of outdoor recreation create new government positions focused on growing the outdoor recreation industry, managing the substantial contributions that this sector brings to their economies and defending the outdoor industry’s interests.Our Work in This Area:
Protecting the Industry from Troublesome Chemicals Legislation
We closely monitor federal and state legislation that regulates the use of toxic chemicals, especially in children’s products, to ensure they don’t have a negative impact on the bicycle industry. While we understand the public health concerns related to the use of chemicals in bicycles and bicycle components, we work to exempt those products from legislation further regulating manufacturing, especially products that pose little or no exposure risk.
Advancing Progressive Workforce Development Practices
PeopleForBikes members directly employ a large workforce involved in all facets of the bike industry, but we understand that the pipeline of well-paying, professional jobs in research and development, design, engineering, marketing and sales requires more diversity. We are creating best practices to support workforce development and diversification.