Volume 74, Number 28 | November 17 - 22, 2004

Critical Mass case still rolling; city wants permit to assemble

The Bloomberg administration is continuing its legal fight to force the Critical Mass bike ride to get a permit or be blocked from taking place.

On Monday, lawyers for the city asked federal Judge William Pauley III to grant an injunction against the Critical Mass ride unless it obtains a permit.

The city also asked the judge to require that the cyclists obtain a special permit from the Parks Department to gather at Union Sq., as they usually do on the last Friday of each month before the ride. Parks requires special permits for events of more than 25 people on the department’s property.

In Internet chat rooms, cyclists have been saying that, if need be, their strategy may be to gather at departure points other than Union Sq.

However, the court date set for the bikers’ attorneys’ response is Nov. 30, so the permit issues won’t affect this month’s ride on Nov. 26.

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