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The bike-changing industry has been booming in D.c. and other cities for years, with thousands of new bikes popping up every year.
But some bike-loving D.f. residents are concerned about what they say is the lack of enforcement of local laws and enforcement of what they call the “bike culture” that encourages riders to buy new bikes, then sell them for a profit.
A group of residents in Northeast D.
Cs. is pushing to change that by putting bike shops in every neighborhood, creating a new legal structure that would require bike shops to be licensed by the city.
D.voters in Ds. 12th and 14th will consider the issue in November.
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The group of D.s. residents is working on a law to require a bike shop to be located in the neighborhood in which the bike shop is operating.
“We want to protect the interests of residents and encourage their purchase of bicycles and to make it easier for them to find the best deal and the bike that fits their needs,” said D.j.
Mike DeMarco, the group’s executive director.
The bike-change law would require the city to issue a permit that would allow bike shops on city-owned property.
That permit would then allow the owner to operate the bike shops without any city oversight, and it would also allow them to charge customers a fee to pay for the use of their bikes.
It would also give the owners of bike shops the ability to keep their bike shops open and charge additional fees to customers for the bikes.
The group is working with a local advocacy group, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Washington, to collect the required signatures and have them certified.
The organization is seeking a November ballot initiative that would legalize the businesses and would create a special regulatory authority for bike shops.
Currently, D.d. residents cannot shop in any bike shop unless they are licensed to do so by the D.city and D.region.
But city officials say they are open to considering changing that.
They said they plan to consider the proposal on Tuesday and consider the impact on businesses, as well as residents.
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Bromountons, which sells bikes to the public, has been expanding rapidly in the nation’s capital in recent years.
The company now sells about 700,000 bikes per year to customers in the District and many other cities.
In recent years, the company has also been expanding into other states, including the District, Maryland, and Washington state.
Borompton said it has not seen the demand for the products from its local customers that it has seen from the city-licensed bike shops, but that is not necessarily the case.
“The city does not have a large volume of bike sales that it can count on, and they do not have an ability to do a good job of it,” Borompton President and CEO Michael DeMarco said.
While the company does not want to sell to residents who have not been licensed to sell bikes, it is working to educate residents on how to navigate local rules and regulations and to educate bike shop owners on their obligations.
DeMarco said the group has spoken to some businesses who do not sell bikes in their shops, including one shop that sells bike parts to other businesses.
DeMarco added that the group is hopeful that businesses will take advantage of the new law and the regulations that will come with it.
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