Bike Club Files First Lawsuit Challenging NYPD “Parade Rules”

Announced on the Five Borough Bicycle Club’s website:

On March 27, the 5 Borough Bicycle Club and several other affected parties filed a
lawsuit in Federal court, asking a judge to stop the NYPD’s new rules
that would let the NYPD ticket or arrest any "recognizable group" of
50 or more cyclists that ride together without first obtaining a
parade permit from the Police Department.

Suing city government is not one of the ordinary roles of the 5BBC.
But organizing group bicycle rides is. The NYPD’s parade rules
essentially outlaw large bike rides, under the dubious claim
that bicycle rides are a danger to public health and safety.


We looked into applying for permits for our rides, but found that
it was a bureaucratic nightmare. The rules for parades are totally
inappropriate for bicycle rides.
For example, 5th Ave. on a Sunday
is prohibited, even though most of 5th Ave. is an official NYC bike
route. The width of every roadway in the route must be listed in the
permit, and the 5BBC would have to appoint a "Chief Officer" for each
"parade" who would be "Responsible for the Strict Observance of all Rules
and Regulations of Said Permit."

You can download the case files and keep track of the 5BBC’s progress on their website.

Photo: Justin Shockley/Flickr

  • Who to blaim? Quinn and city council:

    http://www.onnyturf.com/citycouncil/freedomzones/

  • Good for 5BBC!

  • rachael

    5BBC is my new hero.

  • snooper

    Read the lawsuit puts the city’s actions in perspective! – plenty of compelling reasons for the judge to toss out the new parade rule!!
    Thanks 5BBC and supporters!!

  • Just joined the Five Borough Bicycle Club.
    http://5bbc.org/join5bbc.shtml

  • Danny

    Thanks, on behalf of the club! Please support us by coming on our day rides: http://www.5bbc.org/rides.shtml.

  • rich

    This news is wonderful. Solidarity in the face of more than two years of harassment, is so important. This news comes in addition to the other legal news: The NYPD has quietly dropped their lawsuit against Time’s Up! That lawsuit was directed at not just organizing, but promoting/advertising for a bike ride that will have more than 20 (now 50) cyclists. Together we are stronger. Come to Critical Mass tomorrow (FRIDAY MARCH 30) Union Squarfe North at 7pm, Bring headlights, taillights, a bell, and a positive attitude.

  • We should make it more public and attract more attention to the problem because I think the rights of the bikers are often neglected because there are “more important” issues which is such lame excuse. I hope this lawsuit have some effect.

  • Ian Turner

    @cfb92920ee24f8a35fadab2f3cf6b3d8:disqus : I recommend that you choose your moving company according to their willingness to spam old posts on random blogs.

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