Critical Mass Cyclists Settle With NYC For $1 Million

NEW YORK (AP) – Bicyclists who were arrested or ticketed in Critical Mass rides in New York say they have settled with the city for nearly $1 million.

The 83 plaintiffs were among hundreds cited in the rides between 2004 and 2006. The rides are held regularly in cities worldwide to bring attention to the needs of urban bicyclists.

The civil rights lawsuit against the New York Police Department was filed in 2007. Lawyers for both sides learned of the settlement Monday.

Calls and e-mails to city lawyers were not immediately returned Tuesday.

The reported settlement doesn’t include lawsuits filed by riders arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Plaintiffs spokeswoman Barbara Ross calls the settlement a victory for all cyclists.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Wasted Money

    I agree with Barre! I know these Critical Mass folks and it’s good that they’ve been raising awareness about bicycle safety since the 90s, but come on, why should anyone get $12k for wrongfully getting a ticket?!! What about all those bicycle accident victims who don’t get spit? Use that million to make safe car-free bicycle lanes!!!

  • Barre Flynn

    That is a little over 12K per person and per ticket. Not bad for people who disrupt traffic to prove their point. Now I am an biker and I agree that the city should make biking safer and more available. That million could have been spent doing that. What a waste to prove a point.

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