BENEFITS

BENEFITS

The cycle industry’s professional hub

The Bicycle Association of Great Britain is where companies and organisations in the UK cycle industry join forces to tackle urgent policy issues, to raise standards, to promote best practice and to speak with a united voice to government.

Ensure your company plays its full part, and gains the full benefit, by joining the BA today.

 

The Bicycle Association represents, to government and the public, a professional industry which takes itself seriously, and demands to be taken seriously in return. Members who have joined together in the Association are committed to high standards of professionalism and good practice.

The BA enshrines these standards in the form of a Code of Practice, which all members adopt as a condition of membership. This requires members to comply with the full technical and legislative requirements which apply in the UK. A grace period for new members is available, during which they can leverage the BA’s support services to help raise their compliance to match that of the best professionals in the industry.

Become a BA member and sign up to the code of practice to join the best in the industry as we cement our reputation as the responsible, professional face of the cycle trade.

Cycling and the UK cycle industry face many urgent, near-term political challenges, for example:

  • Brexit – the opportunities and challenges
  • Anti-dumping – will punitive tariffs be imposed on e-bikes from China? And what happens post-Brexit?
  • Motor Insurance Directive – could a revision mean compulsory insurance for e-bikes?
  • Safety Review – the UK government is reviewing road traffic rules: the cycle industry’s voice must be heard.

The BA is there to put the cycle industry case. Your membership of the BA gains you representation on matters affecting cycling to the UK Government, at an EU level though our membership of the Confederation of European Bicycle Industries (CONEBI) and at the UN in Geneva via the World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA) where, for example, rules for how cyclists interact with automated vehicles may be decided.

In the UK, we have well-established relationships with politicians and officials, particularly in the Department for Transport. Where our interests align we also join forces in our lobbying work with other relevant UK industry bodies such as the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).

There are urgent longer-term issues to address too. Recent figures show imports declining, and young people cycling less.

The BA is therefore co-ordinating an industry response to secure the future of cycling.

The new Bicycle Industry Fund, backed by a Leadership Group of our major contributors, will in 2018 begin implementing a major advocacy programme.This aims to position cycling as a strategic industry, taking the case for cycling beyond transport and into Government Departments for Industry, Brexit, Trade, Environment, Education, and Health.

For 2018, a high profile public affairs and PR programme will aim to secure Government support for a significant uptake of e-bikes, and to push for cycling on the national curriculum.

This will support a compelling case for Government action to support a growing domestic cycle industry post-Brexit.

Join the BA to be part of securing the industry’s future, growing the market for us all. The larger our membership, the stronger our voice as we represent you at all levels; joining the BA means investing in the future of our industry.

 

The BA now produces for members the most detailed analysis of import and export data available. BA members also have immediate access to full HMRC import data as soon as it’s released.

We remain determined to crack high quality market (retail) intelligence for the industry and we are in the process of commissioning a market data monitor to do so. This will see the BA acting as a neutral broker to commission the best value retail audit data for members.

We will also be commissioning supplementary economic research to support our advocacy work, and as a follow up to last year’s report establishing the significant economic contribution made by the bicycle industry to the UK economy.

Don’t let your organisation miss out: join the BA for full access and participation.

 

Especially with the advent of e-bikes, it is increasingly important that cycle companies, and the bikes they produce, are compliant with a range of rules, regulations and standards. This is not just a duty: compliance positively protects your customers, your company and your investments from risks and liabilities.

The BA offers a wide range of technical support to members to help you navigate all aspects of compliance and product safety. This includes regular technical meetings plus free individual advice on the rules and regulations which apply to new cycles sold in the UK, the product testing that is needed to demonstrate safety, and other regulations which affect member companies, including lighting regulations, consumer law, WEEE, RoHS, battery handling guidance and more.

The Bicycle Association also represents UK interests in safety standards, and has expert staff on BSI (British), CEN (European) and ISO (international standards) committees. And with our connections to European and UK officials, we provide both early intelligence and high level representation on technical matters.

Join the BA today, so that both you and your technical staff are fully supported and informed.

 

 

 The cycle industry is a friendly place, but networking opportunities are few and far between.

The Bicycle Association provides opportunities to meet with industry colleagues, discuss matters which concern you all, forge connections and alliances, and to trade know-how.

We hold at least two general meetings a year, plus further technical and special interest meetings, and we communicate what we and BA members are up to via a regular newsletter.

Currently there are over 60 companies in the Bicycle Association, between them representing the vast majority of brands present in the UK market. You can view the full current member list here.

Our members include cycle and accessory manufacturers, distributors and retailers, as well as related service providers such as insurance companies, trade media and more.

Join us: you will be in good company.

For a BA membership application pack please contact us.