Bicycle Advocacy Groups Rally Against City’s Parade Permit Law

Advocacy groups rallied Thursday against a court's decision to uphold the city's parade permit law.

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Published April 19, 2007 by NY1 

NYC — Advocacy groups rallied Thursday against a court's decision to uphold the city's parade permit law.

Times Up and the Radical Homosexual Agenda joined the Critical Mass bicycle advocacy movement in City Hall Park to challenge the law which says groups of over 50 people need a permit to gather on city streets.

On Wednesday, a federal court upheld the city law — saying it lets police better manage traffic problems.

But, some say it goes against their constitutional rights.

"We've never had to get a permit,” said Normal Siegel, a civil rights attorney. “We work it out with the police, either before or during the demonstration. So the idea of having a permit, getting permission from the police department before the event or during the event, is chilling in and of itself."

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn released a statement saying the law effectively addresses safety and traffic concerns without compromising one's civil liberties.