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  • Richard Risemberg
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    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 16, 2010
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      > From: Jack Risemberg
      > Date: February 16, 2010 12:48:32 PM PST
      > To: Chris Collins <chris@...>, Josh Cho
      > <jcphotograph@...>, Richard Risemberg
      > <rickrise@...>, daniel cronin <archi.cronin@...>
      > Subject: Bullshit Ruling
      >
      > To suggest that bikes need parade permits is to deny them
      > legitimacy as transport. How about cars file to drive in groups?
      > Gimme a break.
      >
      > http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/judge-rules-against-
      > cyclists/
      >
      > ebruary 16, 2010, 3:16 pm
      > Judge Rules Against Cyclists
      >
      > By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
      > A federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that the City of New
      > York did not violate the constitutional rights of cyclists by
      > requiring them to file for parade permits when they rode in groups
      > of 50 or more. The ruling is a blow to organizers of the Critical
      > Mass bike protests in Manhattan.
      >
      > The judge, Lewis A. Kaplan of the Southern District of New York,
      > said that he was sympathetic to the plaintiffs� concerns and
      > acknowledged their inconvenience. However, Judge Kaplan said the
      > parade regulations and their enforcement by the New York Police
      > Department did not violate the Constitution.
      >
      > In 2007, the Five Boroughs Bike Club filed a lawsuit after the
      > Police Department changed its rules, saying it would ticket or
      > arrest a group of 50 cyclists or more who did not have a parade
      > permit.
      >
      > The Five Boroughs Bike Club said that they looked into applying for
      > permits but said the process �was a bureaucratic nightmare.�
      >
      > During the Republican National Convention in 2004, more than 100
      > cyclists were arrested for disorderly conduct after a group of
      > about 5,000 cyclists rode past Madison Square Garden, protesting
      > President Bush.
      >
      > After the courts said the rules were too vague, the Police
      > Department then sought to change rules, arguing that smaller groups
      > of cyclists were safer and disrupted less traffic.
      >
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      Richard Risemberg
      http://www.bicyclefixation.com
      http://www.newcolonist.com
      http://www.rickrise.com







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