Moriarty is at it again, resurrecting the tabled bill to ban QRs in NJ. We need your help to shut it down.
The new bill is A1251 and has been referred to the Assembly Consumer Affairs Subcommittee.
We are asking everyone to contact their representatives, but especially those individuals who live in District 4 to contact Moriarty directly or who live District 5 to contact Consumer Affairs Chair Nilsa Cruz-Perez.
District 4 Clementon, Franklin Twp, Glassboro, Gloucester Twp, Laurel Springs, Lindenwold, Monroe Twp, Newfield, Pitman, Washington Twp
I've received emails concerning the new quick release bill in NJ. There is some confusion about whether it includes adult bicycles. It does, trust me.
I have included a news article and a copy of the bill. Read up then take action. You should contact YOUR state representative. (Follow the link below.) Please take the few minutes required and help us defeat this action.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Article from 6.15.07 out of Trenton
also, please read last page, lines 9-11 of the link
New Jersey Passes Bill Banning Quick Release Wheels
By Lynette Carpiet
JUNE 15, 2007 -- TRENTON, NJ (BRAIN)--The New Jersey bicycle business may be in serious trouble unless retailers and suppliers take immediate action. State legislators earlier this week approved a bill banning the sale of all bikes equipped with current quick release wheels and tabbed tips.
Under the bill, it would be illegal to sell bicycles with quick release wheels unless they met performance specifications that are not commercially available. Assembly bill A2686, which was introduced in February 2006, passed in the assembly with a vote of 77-3 and is now headed to the Senate Commerce Committee.
While originally drafted to ban quick release wheels on children's bikes, the bill was recently amended to include bikes with 20-inch or larger wheels. It also stipulates that the secondary retention device on a wheel meet certain specifications, including that it activate automatically and always prevent wheel separation.
"It's being promoted as a bill intended to protect children," said Bob Burns, Trek's legal counsel and spokesman for the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. "But the language would make every bicycle with quick release currently for sale in New Jersey illegal. This bill is not intended just for children's bikes."
Furthermore, Burns said there's currently no secondary retention device on the market that would comply with the bill. "No system always retains the wheel," he said. "Even the bolted axle, if the bolts aren't on right, the kid's in trouble. As of right now, there's nothing on the floor that meets this definition and nothing on the horizon that is commercially proven."
For the past year, the BPSA had been working with Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, the bill's sponsor, on alternate language that would not prohibit the use of quick releases. The BPSA is now encouraging all dealers to contact New Jersey state senators and voice their opposition to the bill.
While it's likely that the bill as written would be pre- empted by federal regulations that currently define how a quick release should perform, the law would still be in effect until a successful legal challenge was mounted in the courts.
"Bicycles are regulated by the Feds. If you start getting state-by-state regulation of bicycles, it will make selling bicycles in the U.S. very burdensome and extremely expensive for manufacturers and retailers," Burns said.
"We need to get the New Jersey Senate Commerce Committee to listen to us and get them to consider the impact the bill would have on the bicycle business in New Jersey," he added.
The newest re-write of the bill is attached below. Go to page two lines 9-11 to see that it WILL affect you.
...actual bill - http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=jimbgbcab.0.0.5upkp9aab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.njleg.state.nj.us%2F2006%2FBills%2FA3000%2F2686_R2.PDF