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New article on the QR ban

Postby gt2brew » Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:10 pm

Folks,This article by Fran Wood of the Newark Star Ledger(07/29/07)put's a new and very important angle on the Quick Release issue and the economic impact it will have on the NJ bike business.The article mentions a proposal of a meeting between Mr. Moriarty and the Bicycle business people.This is a very key component of compromise and we need this face to face with him.
Most NJ bike dealers see this as a true threat to our future.We want to propose such ideas as User education,Bicycle and Pedestrian facility improvements and a future of government/business interaction that would prevent issues like banishment as a first course of action by State or Federal legislators.
To repeat:We need You to help us to keep the pressure on your local representative to stop this from becoming a National problem of Government banishing things they perceive as a threat (without merit) on our society .Thanks for your help.Wally Tunison The Bicycle Hub of Marlboro,NJ 732 946 9080

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UPDATE 7/31/07

Postby NMBPmike » Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:19 am

This is a reply from Assemblywoman Jennifer Beck.


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.

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

Postby NMBPmike » Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:14 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.


From: Assemblyman Sam Thompson, R., District 13 []
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

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


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

Postby NMBPmike » Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:18 pm




-----Original Message-----
From: Voss, Asw. D.O. []
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 3:14 PM
To: Michael Flatley

Dear Michael,

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


Reisetta Dunn
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Dr. Joan M. Voss
Assemblywoman - 38th District
520 Main Street
Suite 300
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
201-346-6400 M
201-346-5385 F

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: ... 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.


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