Fwd: Bullshit Ruling
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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.
> 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
> 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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