Tomorrow the Critical Mass saga continues.
The Five Borough Bicycle Club will begin a trail with the NYPD over its crackdown on cyclists rights and group rides.
Here is a bit of information from Time’s Up:
While environmental awareness and bicycle ridership continue to increase in New York City, the road to this success has been a struggle. Over the years we’ve seen many lawsuits, city regulations and police tactics that have discouraged the growth of nonpolluting transportation. You, the community, however, have constantly rallied back, finding creative ways to keep bicycling on the road and on the rise. Without this public and political concern, we wouldn’t have the recent installation of sustainable infrastructure, which includes more than 170 miles of bike lanes citywide.
The Five Borough Bicycle Club with the help of Debevoise and Plimpton, LLP, is continuing the fight for cyclists’ rights with an upcoming court case. Pro bono lawyers and volunteers from the cycling community have put in countless hours of investigation in preparing for it, interviewing more than one hundred people, reviewing thousands of questionable tickets and watching video footage covering years of events. This court case will show that, despite community and political support for cycling and the environment, members of the police department used psychological tactics to break up the community and the growth of nonpolluting transportation. It is clear in numerous forms of evidence that cyclists’ constitutional rights were violated through selective enforcement, domestic spying, perjury by some of the highest in command of the police department, unfounded divisionary propaganda and undercover agitation.
Let’s put an end to these divisionary tactics for good and work together to continue to create a positive, sustainable city. Time’s Up! environmental organization encourages you to attend the upcoming trial and support the Five Borough Bicycle Club and the future growth and safety of biking in New York City.
The trial date is set for Tuesday, May 12th at 11 a.m. at the United States Courthouse. Since the trail schedule may change at the last minute check 5bbc.org/parade/casefiles.shtml on May 11th for status updates.
There is also a last minute bike ride scheduled to the courthouse.
First the details of where the trail will be taking place:
Five Borough Bicycle Club vs. NYPD Trial
Fighting against the city’s crackdown on cyclists’ rights and group bicycle rides
Tuesday, May 12th at 11 a.m.
United States Court House, 500 Pearl Street, Room 12D
**RIDE DETAILS: Tuesday, May 12th, meeting at 10:15am, on the steps of Sara D Roosevelt Park, on the Houston side, between Chrystie & Forsyth Streets
**PRESS RELEASE: Check out the press release that talks about the depositions for the trial of Commissioner Raymond Kelly, NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne, and over 15 other NYPD officers were deposed on their roles and knowledge of the policing of the Critical Mass rides. Very interesting stuff.