In a move designed specifically to stop Critical Mass bicycle rides in New York City, the New York Police Department has crafted new legislation defining a "parade or procession" as consisting of a group of pedestrians or devices "moved by human power," and that these groups must apply for a parade permit. As Streetsblog notes, "So, for the NYPD, thirty cars and trucks clogging up two city blocks is 'traffic.' Thirty bikes rolling freely down those same two city blocks is 'an illegal, un-permitted parade.'"
The public hearing on this new rule was yesterday. The NY Times reports on the rally held by cyclists in front of the Police Department, noting that City Council member Christine Quinn who most supports the new measures didn't bother to show up at the hearing. And the Village Voice asks the important question: Why are the police writing the rules they'll enforce?