Problem: The governing body for bike racing in the US made a rule change that negatively impacts occasional amateur racers.
In order to participate in many cycling events, riders must purchase a license through USAC. In the past, riders of all but the elite levels could choose to purchase either a one-day license ($10) or an annual license ($60, or $90 if participating in both road and mountain disciplines. Either worked for cyclocross). In 2014, USAC changed the rules as follows:
- One-day licenses are now $15.
- One-day licenses are not available for anything but the beginner category.
- If you have EVER possessed an annual license, you cannot purchase a one-day license.
- An annual license now covers all disciplines, and costs $70.
Why this is problematic:
Let’s say I decide to have a baby. After giving birth, I probably won’t want to race a full calendar of races, not nearly enough to justify a $70 license to do a race or two. But I can imagine it would feel really good to get back out there for my favorite race of the season. However, because I have held an annual license for the last 4 years, I would be ineligible to participate.
I can think of many examples, but I’ll leave it at one. I’d like to hear what others think, too.
Context: I’m studying civic engagement, democratic participation, and effecting change in the face of decisions made that negatively impact the less powerful.
Action: This is where I need help. I’ve seen some pushback on Twitter and a few blogs, but that’s not effecting change…yet. How can we work together to point out the negative consequences and hopefully find a solution/policy change?
If you are upset about this change, let’s work together instead of complaining in isolation, let action win over cynicism.