Bike dealers, executives discuss Marketplace Fairness Act with Congress
BOULDER, Colo. (Mar. 27, 2015)-- The PeopleForBikes Coalition and the National Bicycle Dealer Association (NBDA) were joined by independent bicycle dealer representatives in our nation’s capital this week to discuss with members of Congress current legislative issues affecting the bicycle industry.
The visit marks PeopleForBikes’ sixth Executive Fly-In since the program was launched, however it is the first time NBDA has partnered on the Fly-In. Bike industry representatives who joined PeopleForBikes and NBDA executives at this quarter’s session included: Kevin Babcock, owner of Babcock Bicycles (Endicott, NY); Adam Stephens, owner of Marathon Bicycle Co. (Fayetteville, WV); James Moore, owner of Moore’s Bike Shop (Hattiesburg, MS); Mike Jacoubowsky, owner of Chain Reaction Bicycles (Redwood City and Los Altos, CA); Jeff Koenig and Aaron Apel, partners at Big Poppi (Manhattan, KS).
At this particular Fly-In, the group focused their discussions with lawmakers on the Marketplace Fairness Act. Attendees asked Congress to support legislation that allows states to collect sales taxes from online purchases in order to create a level playing field between small retailers and their online counterparts. Additionally, the group continued the conversation around the reauthorization of the federal highway bill (MAP-21) and the Environment Goods Agreement from previous fly-ins.
“The NBDA supports the Marketplace Fairness Act and has pushed hard for similar legislation in the past. This legislation needs to be passed and signed into law to level the playing field between online and brick-and-mortar retailers,” said Fred Clements, executive director of the NBDA.
Regular meetings with senior federal elected officials are designed to build support for bicycling in the next transportation bill, position the benefits of bicycling with like-minded coalitions and the leaders of other influential businesses, and frame the business agenda in the minds of key decision makers.
“This week I was privileged to attend my first PeopleForBikes Fly-In, joining other bicycle retailers and industry leaders in bringing the business side of bikes to the attention of our national policy makers,” said James Moore, owner of Moore’s Bike Shop and board director at the NBDA. “We know bicycling is good for the planet and good for the health of our citizens, and a healthier populace is a direct benefit to our future economy. But the message this week was that an investment in bicycling delivers a sound return through increased employment and increases in state and local tax revenue.”
The next Fly-In takes place May 19-20. Those who are interested in attending should contact Kristy Kibler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the PeopleForBikes Coalition:
The PeopleForBikes Coalition is a 501c6 nonprofit movement to make riding better for everyone. PeopleForBikes is uniting millions of individuals, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities to improve bicycling. Join the movement at PeopleForBikes.org
About the National Bicycle Dealer Association:
The NBDA is a non-profit association promoting the interests of every specialty bicycle retailer in the United States. Each dollar raised goes towards funding member programs, and every program is approved by an active, elected volunteer board of directors comprised of specialty bicycle retailers.