BPSA + PFB Coalition Merger Timeline – We are officially merged
- The BPSA Board voted to approve the merger on April 4, 2019.
- The PFB Coalition Board voted to approve the merger on April 8, 2019.
- The BPSA membership voted to approve the merger on June 17, 2019.
- We began operating as one unified organization under the name PeopleForBikes Coalition on July 1, 2019.
- Membership dues remain at the current rate for 2020.
- Members will be invoiced at the new rate of $1,250 per $1 million in U.S. bicycle-related sales starting January 1, 2021.
Member update and 2021 dues increase notification
PeopleForBikes’ united voice is a stronger voice. We achieved great success in 2019 by:
- Successfully lobbying for more than $120 million in tariff exclusions.
- Convincing government leaders to invest more than $2.5 billion to build safe bike infrastructure resulting in thousands of bike projects.
- Dramatically improving nationwide e-bike access on and off-road.
- Developing programs to improve youth bicycling participation and retention.
PeopleForBikes’ 24 staff professionals and our 80 industry committee volunteers are committed to helping our member companies succeed. I hope you appreciate that the work we do requires significant funding, and that the PeopleForBikes Coalition is 100% supported by membership dues.
We will increase membership dues on January 1, 2021. The increase is part of a well-orchestrated merger plan that was developed in cooperation with key industry leaders and partners. This boost is essential to support our growing mix of dynamic programs that inspire people to bike, build safe places to ride and help bike businesses thrive.
This will be our first dues increase in eight years. We want to give our members plenty of time to budget accordingly.
- 2020 Status Quo: The current dues structure remains in place for the 2020 calendar year.
- New Rate: On January 1, 2021, members will move to a One Rate of $1,250 per $1 million in U.S. bicycle related sales. This is 1/8th of 1% of your annual sales revenue—a modest but essential investment in the future of your business. The current rate—in place since 2013—is $1,000 per $1 million in U.S. bicycle related sales.
- Streamlined: Many of our members have been paying BPSA membership dues and/or making a contribution to the industry’s e-bike fund. Starting January 1, 2021, these payments will no longer be requested or collected.
- Maintain Funding: No member will pay less in 2021 than in 2020 (unless their sales decrease).
- Membership Minimum: $1,000 minimum annual membership dues.
- Special Assessment: We reserve the right to ask for additional funding should the industry face an urgent recall or compliance issue.
We will be happy to answer any questions; please contact Membership and Development Director Rod Judd at [email protected].
Stronger together: One larger, unified organization
Why did BPSA and PFB merge?
A merged bicycle trade organization benefits from the expertise of PeopleForBikes and BPSA professional staff, one combined strong financial backbone, and will draw fully on the knowledge and volunteer commitments of bike industry leaders who served on the BPSA board, traditional BPSA committees, as well as the PFBC board. The merger is streamlining and strengthening our industry’s legislative, legal and research efforts. Our industry now speak to government leaders at all levels with a more powerful, unified voice that fully represents our multi-faceted business.
How is the combined organization structured?
The past BPSA Board of Directors will continue to serve and meet (as the BPSA Trade Association Committee), as will all current BPSA committees. To assure continuity and strong support for BPSA work in the new organization, three additional current BPSA board members were be elected to serve on the PFB Coalition Board. These changes are described in the new organization’s bylaws.
The time-tested success of the BPSA can largely be attributed to the expertise and time investment of volunteer board members and committee members. All of these leaders are given opportunities to continue to serve in the new organization (in partnership with the current PFBC staff and board). We also welcome new leaders of member organizations to join one of our subcommittees.
What will happen to all the work BPSA did?
As illustrated by the diagram above, all committees and work are continuing. We kept all existing functions and added staff power. The merged organization continues to work on all current BPSA and PFB projects, tackle expanded opportunities and welcome new leaders from member companies. More information about the subcommittees and how to join one can be found here.
How do I join the combined organization?
- To add your company as a member, contact Rod Judd.
- More information about membership benefits can be found here.
- View a sample invoice here.