I guess we all saw it coming. We’ve been waiting on a ruling by Judge Lewis Kaplan on the status of the parade laws which state, that people need a permit in order to have group rides of more than 50 people. On Tuesday, Judge Kaplan handed down his decision and said that the NYPD asking for a permit, did not violate constitutional rights of freedom of assembly.
So what should the critical mass in NYC do?
A) stop all together.
B) have rides of only 49 people.
C) ask the police for a permit to have a spontaneous bike ride of 50 or more people which isn’t organized by anyone and has no designated route?
D) have a designated route that leaves from Union Square, goes through Time’s Square and back down to Wall Street on the last Friday of every month, that has to follow all traffic laws and not block any intersections?
More on the ruling in this NY Times article, written by Michael S. Schmidt
Headline: Judge Rules Bike Groups Must Get Parade Permits
“A federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday dealt a blow to organizers of group bicycle protests, ruling that the City of New York did not violate the constitutional rights of cyclists by requiring them to get parade permits.
The judge, Lewis A. Kaplan, said he was sympathetic to the cyclists. However, Judge Kaplan said, parade regulations and their enforcement by the New York Police Department did not violate their constitutional rights, in particular their freedom of speech.
The ruling will affect protests known as Critical Mass, in which large groups of cyclists congregate in the city and take random paths through the streets. It will also affect the Five Borough Bike Club, which filed a lawsuit against the city in 2007 after the Police Department amended its parade rules, saying it would ticket or arrest any group of 50 cyclists or more that did not have a parade permit.”
read the article here.
I would love to hear your opinions on the NYC critical mass. Should it continue?