Volume 74, Number 27 | November 10 - 16, 2004

Critical Mass case is still in court

Lawyers for the Critical Mass bike ride and the city will meet with Judge William Pauley III on Wed., Nov. 10, at the Federal Courthouse at 500 Pearl St., in the ongoing legal dispute over the monthly mass bike ride. Matthew Roth, a spokesperson for Time’s Up!, the nonprofit, pro-bicycling, environmental group that publicizes but claims not to lead the monthly rides, said it’s likely Pauley will refer the city’s counterclaim to state court since it involves the state’s vehicle and traffic law. Attorneys for the cyclists originally filed a federal lawsuit to stop police from seizing bicycles that riders locked up during the rides to avoid being arrested. In turn, the city filed a counterclaim saying the monthly rides should be barred unless they have a parade permit. Roth said if there is a decision, it should be expected sometime closer to Fri., Nov. 26, the date of this month’s ride.

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