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NYC To Fight Unicyclist Kyle Peterson’s Lawsuit

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Unicycle - File / Photo: Marty Melville/Getty Images

Unicycle – File / Photo: Marty Melville/Getty Images

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City’s cycling crackdown isn’t just targeting bike riders in Central Park.

Now the city is vowing to fight a $3 million lawsuit filed by a Brooklyn unicyclist.

Kyle Peterson, a circus performer, was ticketed in 2007 for violating a city ordinance that prohibits riding a “two- or three-wheeled device” on sidewalks.” He was slapped with another summons for the same thing in November.

Peterson filed the federal lawsuit against the city claiming his rights were violated because he was riding on one wheel.

Both summonses were dismissed in court but Peterson said he wanted the freedom to ride his unicycle.

The Daily News said the city filed a motion to dismiss the suit this week, saying the law was intended to protect pedestrians.

The city said the difference between a bicycle and a unicycle “is negligible.”

What do you think of the lawsuit? Is Peterson right or way out of line? Sound off in our comments section.

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