New York City To Require Critical Mass Bike Ride to Get Monthly License

The bike rides are designed to make a statement about cyclists' rights and to protest urban areas' reliance on motor vehicles.

Published: 25-Mar-2005

NEW YORK (AP) -- The city has filed a complaint seeking to require permits for a monthly bicycle rally through Manhattan that typically brings automobile traffic to a standstill.

Summonses were issued Tuesday to four participants in the Critical Mass ride, ordering them to respond to the complaint, The New York Times reported in Friday editions.

The city wants to require permits for use of city streets and of Union Square, the rally's starting point, and to bar participants from publicizing the ride.

The event  -- held the last Friday of each month in Manhattan -- gained notoriety last summer, when police made dozens of arrests at a ride held several days before the start of the Republican National Convention.

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