NYPD TARGETS CRITICAL MASS THROUGH PERMIT REGULATION REVISIONS
NYPD threatens public safety with its aggressive and reckless behavior
MANHATTAN CRITICAL MASS RIDE
Friday, July 28, 2006 at 7:00PM
Participants meet at Union Square Park North
CONVERGENCE SPACE FOR PRESS & RIDE PARTICIPANTS
Friday, July 28, 2006 at 9:30 PM
TIME’S UP! Space, 49 East Houston Street (between Mott & Mulberry)
(high resolution pictures and video footage will be available following the ride)
New York, NY (July 27, 2006) — â€“ Time’s Up!, the non-profit, all-volunteer, environmental group that is being sued by New York City for advertising the Critical Mass bike ride, denounced the new parade permit regulations proposed by the NYPD. The rule change, which requires permission from the NYPD whenever 20 or more law-abiding cyclists ride together, is a retaliatory response by the NYPD to the decision of two judges in two separate cases. The judges refused to halt the ride, stating that Critical Mass is not a parade and does not require a permit.
Despite paying lip service to public safety as a reason for the rule change, the NYPD continues to create unsafe conditions for Critical Mass cyclists. Police officers have been documented cutting off, “dooring,” and pushing down law-abiding cyclists, merely to give tickets for moving violations. On the May Critical Mass ride, a cyclist was rushed to the hospital with a broken collarbone after she was doored by a police officer while riding in the bike lane.
Cyclists encourage the NYPD to discontinue its show of force and harassment through these overbroad and unenforceable new rules and hope instead to see a new atmosphere of cooperation on the part of the NYPD.
TIME’S UP! is a non-profit environmental group that has been using educational outreach and direct action for the last 15 years to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.