City Wheelie Going After Bike Protests New York Daily News
October 27th, 2004
By Thomas Zambito
The city wants to shut down a mass bike ride scheduled for Friday,
saying the monthly event has grown so unwieldy that organizers should
apply for a parade permit.
But the riders say they deserve the same access to city streets as
cars and have refused to apply for a permit.
“Cyclists should have equal access to the roads,” said Matthew
Roth, a spokesman for Time’s Up!, an environmental group that supports
the Critical Mass rides. “If you have 1,000 cars in the street, it’s
not considered a protest.”
A hearing has been scheduled for today before Manhattan Federal
Judge William Pauley.
The city’s request for an injunction barring future rides comes in
response to a lawsuit filed last week by five cyclists who had their
bikes seized during a mass ride in September that attracted more than
In August cops seized bikes and arrested more than 230 during
a 5,000-rider event staged days before the Republican National
Critical Mass rides take place across hundreds of cities at the
end of every month as a way to promote environmentally friendly
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