Release date: April 14, 1976
Release number: 76-025

Release Details

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will conduct one-day seminars for bicycle manufacturers, retailers and distributors in three cities in May to provide information and assistance concerning the new Federal bicycle regulations.

The regulations, which go into effect May 11, 1976, were prepared under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act to reduce the risk of injuries related to bicycles.

Manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of bicycles have been invited to the seminars to learn in detail about performance and design requirements and how the Commission expects to determine if bicycles are in compliance. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers during each seminar.

The seminars are scheduled May 4 in New York City, May 6 in Chicago and May 10 in San Francisco.

Some of the key requirements of the new bicycle standard include adequate reflectors, minimum braking requirements, reduction in exposure to sharp edges and points, adequate fork and wheel strength, and assembly and label requirements.

According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), an estimated 476,813 bicycle-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year. The new regulations are expected to curb a substantial number of those injuries.

Industry representatives who wish to attend the seminars may contact the appropriate CPSC area office. These area offices are as follows:

San Francisco Area Office
Consumer Product Safety Commission
100 Pine Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, California 94111
(415) 556-1819

Chicago Area Office
Consumer Product Safety Commission
230 South Dearborn Street, Room 2945
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 353-8260

New York Area Office
Consumer Product Safety Commission
6 World Trade Center
Vesey Street. 6th Floor
(212) 264-1370

Media Contact

Please use the below phone number for all media requests.

Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800

View CPSC contacts for specific areas of expertise