In response to objections raised by the New York Civil Liberties Union and other groups, the New York City Police Department has modified its proposal to expand the categories of bike and vehicle processions that would require parade permits.

In regulations originally proposed last summer, the Department sought to require police permits for sidewalk marches, any lawful street procession of 20 more bikes or vehicles, and any street procession of more than two people where any traffic law was violated. In final regulations published today the Department narrowed its proposal so that the only events requiring parade permits are roadway processions of 50 or more bikes or vehicles.

"These final rules mark a substantial improvement from the Department's original proposal, but we believe that requiring permits for law-abiding bike rides of only 50 people is unreasonable and unnecessary," NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. "Changes to our City's permit laws should be made by the City Council, not the police department."

Added NYCLU Associate Legal Director Christopher Dunn: "We welcome the Department's change but remain concerned about how difficult it is for groups to obtain police permits. We will closely monitor implementation of these rules."

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The final regulations are published in today's edition of the City Record and are also available here for download, although the quality of the scanned image is low. Click here to read the regulations. (PDF)

Click here to read the NYCLU's formal comments on the previously proposed parade permit regulation changes.