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NJ Cyclists Quick Release ALERT

Postby gt2brew » Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:22 pm

The Quick release bill is rearing its ugly head again. This bill is being proposed to make it illegal to sell a bicycle with a quick release. This was originally supposed to be for 20" wheels or less. But now it will include all bicycles.

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2006/Bills/A3000/2686_S2.HTM

-note that its passed Assembly and its in the Commerce Committee in
the state senate as of yesterday. We ask all riders to contact their
state senators.
Here are the municipalities in case you are not sure of yours:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp

List of senators by district:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/roster.asp

And finally since the bill is in committee contact the chairperson
of the "commerce committee":

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/committees/senate.asp


WE MUST BE OUR OWN BEST DEFENSE!!!!Contact your NJ State Legislator NOW
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Postby mergs » Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:01 pm

Excellent, thank you Frank.

Will the bill if it passes the Senate ban the sale of bikes? Yes, technically speaking it will ban the sale. This is due to the amendment in Paul Moriarty's Assembly Bill that states:

At the sponsor's request, the committee amended the bill to make the sale of any type of bicycle equipped with a quick release wheel an unlawful practice, unless:

· the bicycle is equipped with both, a primary and secondary retention device, and

· the secondary retention device meets certain standards designed to prevent the accidental separation of the wheel from the bicycle fork.


You might be thinking that the tabbed tips on the fork are a secondary device (the rear dropouts have nothing). Apparently not (read paragraph 1):

http://www.bicycleretailer.com/bicycleretailer/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003599447


So, the message that you should telling your state Senators is that this bill, as written, could ban the sale of mountain bikes within the state of NJ. I trust that Mr. Moriarty has good intentions when it comes to childrens bikes, indeed, its one thing to require bolt-on wheels for childrens bikes, but an adult is capable of safely operating a quick release with 15 seconds of instruction or less. QR's are strong, safe and tool free, and I don't want to start carrying a crescent wrench into the woods when I need to change a flat.

In my opinion, the legislators simply don't know any better. Its time to educate them.

Thanks to everyone who contacts thier state Senator in opposition to this bill.

p.s. Fox is coming out with Quick Release for their "36". The Pike already has one. This bill would make that fork illegal in NJ.
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Big Brother is helping???

Postby Mick » Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:04 pm

Frank,

Thanks for the link to the legislators. It takes all of 5 minutes to do

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Postby NMBPmike » Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:31 am

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Postby mergs » Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:41 am

Great find Mike. This deserves its own post.
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UPDATE 7/31/07

Postby NMBPmike » Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:21 am

Reply from Assemblywoman Jennifer Beck

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From: "Beck, Asw. D.O." <AswBeck>

Subject: RE: Bill A 2686-please vote no
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 16:21:01 +0000

Dear Friend:

Thank you for your email regarding A-2686, which prohibits the sale of
certain bicycles with automatic quick release devices.

I, like the great majority of my colleagues, voted in favor of this
legislation due in large part to the ambiguous language of the bill.
Since then, I have been approached by several independent bike dealers
who have explained their misgivings with the legislation. After
speaking in length on the issue, I made contact with the sponsor of the
identical Senate bill S-2837, Senator Loretta Weinberg, and asked her to
amend the legislation to take into account the interests of those most
effected, the independent bike dealers. I sent a similar letter to
Senator Nia Gill.

I hope that by the addition of these amendments to this legislation will
be made more fair and effective. If you have any further questions or
comments, please feel free to email or call my office at (732) 772-1571.
Thank you again for expressing your concerns with this measure.

Sincerely,
Assemblywoman Jennifer Beck
12th Legislative District
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******UPDATE 8/6/07 *****

Postby NMBPmike » Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:13 am

This is from
Assemblyman Samuel D. Thompson, Ph.D. Regarding the QR Issue. It looks like the only one who can remove the bill or try to have it parlayed is Committee Chair, Senator Nia Gill.

See response email below.

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From: Assemblyman Sam Thompson, R., District 13 [mailto:AsmThompson@njleg.org]
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2007 11:17 AM
Subject: Response DO NOT PASS BILL A2686

Dear Mr. Flatley:

Thank you for your e-mail expressing your oppostition to A2686. Unfortunately, this bill was passed by the Assembly in June. It is now in the Senate Commerce Committee. You may wish to contact the Committee Chair, Senator Nia Gill, to express your opposition and to request she not schedule the bill for consideration. Senator Gill can be contacted at,

425 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042-3538
973-509-0388

If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Sincerely,

Assemblyman Samuel D. Thompson, Ph.D.
13th Legislative District
732-583-5558
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***** UPDATE ***** 8/8/07

Postby NMBPmike » Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:19 pm

THIS IS AN UPDATE AS EMAILED TO ME TODAY 8/8.

THANKS
MIKE

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-----Original Message-----
From: Voss, Asw. D.O. [mailto:AswVoss@njleg.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 3:14 PM
To: Michael Flatley
Subject: RE: DO NOT PASS BILL

Dear Michael,

Please see attached letter. :arrow: (READ BELOW)

Sincerely,

Reisetta Dunn
Assistant Chief of Staff
Constituent Liasion


Dr. Joan M. Voss
Assemblywoman - 38th District
520 Main Street
Suite 300
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
201-346-6400 M
201-346-5385 F
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Thank you for your email concerning bill #A2686/S2837 which prohibits the sale of certain bicycles with quick release wheels. A2686 has already been voted and was passed on June 11, 2007. However the senate version S2837 is still being put through the necessary committees and being amended.

In our office we had an overwhelming correspondence from bicycle dealers, touring organizations, constituents and avid riders with the same concerns you have expressed. We are watching to make sure that the necessary changes are made before the bill gets voted on.

I know from previous discussions in our office that the Assemblywoman has reached out to Senator Loretta Weinberg to have the bill amended. As of this date we have not heard any updates from her office. When the bill was reintroduced it was misprinted. The bill is intended for only children’s bicycles as well as special adult bikes. I recommend you contact Senator’s Weinberg office and express your concerns about this specific piece of legislation.

If you would like to follow or be informed on when this bill or any other bills that travel through the legislature there is an easy way of doing that. This is called a bill subscription service, here is the link: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/Bill ... nLogin.asp.
Follow the guidelines and when the bill gets posted in a committee or for a vote it will send you an alert. At that time you may contact any or all state representatives to support/oppose that specific legislation and address any other important issues. Thank you again for you concerns for they afford the assemblywoman what issues are important to you.

Sincerely,

Reisetta Dunn
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