NYPD Vs. Critical Mass: A Timeline

John Tarleton Apr 14, 2007

Aug. 29, 2004
264 Critical Mass participants are arrested during a massive ride through Manhattan that took place three days before the beginning of the Republican National Convention.

Dec. 23, 2004
U.S. District Court Judge William H. Pauley III rules that Critical Mass cyclists do not need a permit to ride.

Mar. 22, 2005
The city files a lawsuit against Time’s Up!, a NYC environmental organization, for allegedly participating in, and promoting, an illegal parade by advertising Critical Mass rides in fliers.

Apr. 29, 2005
34 arrested in Critical Mass commemorating the 12th anniversary of the movement

Feb. 15, 2006
New York State Supreme Court Justice Michael D. Stallman denies the city’s motion for a preliminary injection to stop non-permitted rides.

Jan. 28, 2007
NYPD announces new rules that require groups of 50 or more to obtain a permit if they want to gather on a sidewalk, in the road, or in the parks. The rules affect pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists alike. NYPD set to begin enforcing rule Feb. 25.

Mar. 27, 2007
City quietly dropped lawsuit against Time’s Up!.

Mar. 27, 2007
Five Borough Bicycle Club files lawsuit against city over new parade rule.
** Multiple civil lawsuits have been filed against NYPD since August 2004 for “unlawful” arrests during Critical Mass.

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