Despite new guidelines being published for electric power assisted cycles, the main CEN standard for bicycles is currently on hold while the DfT analyses responses to the initial draft.
The changes to the UK legislation are still expected to be announced later this year. However, an Interpretation Panel has been formed within CEN TC333 to investigate and examine the test methods and requirements of clauses within the proposed standards.
When revised legislation is in place, discussion with UK test houses will take place to gain a clearer idea of the impact on technical reports, as well as on existing and proposed new CEN rules.
Meanwhile, new standards have been proposed for BMX bicycles. One major area for discussion is the requirements of braking on 20-inch bikes.
Currently, both track and rig testing are used to certify a BMX bike safe, however it is being considered that just rig testing should be used. The target date for submission to the CEN for Enquiry Procedure by national bodies is late 2009 with a proposed formal publication by 2010 to 2011.
A new draft legislation referring to trailers is also being circulated by national standards body BSI. The BA Technical Advisory Group is currently reviewing the document and will make suggestions to the BSI before the cut off date of Sunday July 12th.