Editor’s note: A version of this article appeared in the November issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. This version corrects an error about PeopleForBikes’ dues structure and corrects that Mike Sinyard is not on the PeopleForBikes board, as we originally reported. We apologize for the errors.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — If ever the industry’s nonprofits were in the spotlight, it was in 2018.
The threat of tariffs on Chinese bike goods forced two groups, the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and the PeopleForBikes Coalition, to get vocal.
By one count, 10 percent of public comments to the U.S. Trade Representative on the recent tariff proposal came from the bike industry, even though bike products accounted for less than 1 percent of the $200 billion tariff package. The two groups organized the campaign. (Related: Industry comments pour in regarding proposed tariffs, Aug. 9)
The achievement came at a time of reduced industry financial support for PeopleForBikes. Weak bike sales curtailed payments, and longtime supporter Specialized Bicycles said it would put its money elsewhere.
Besides the tariff threat, e-bike legislation, dockless bike share, California’s Prop. 65, Oregon’s bike tax, and online sales tax collection all required a unified voice from the …read more