A lawsuit brought by bike riders arrested by the NYPD has been settled for nearly a million dollars.
The more than 80 cyclists involved in the suit were taken into custody during Critical Mass rides between 2004 and 2006. The police have said the large group of riders disrupted traffic. But Barbara Ross, one of the plaintiffs in the case, says cops unfairly targeted riders.
She adds that the publicity from this settlement could eventually lead to police leaving them alone, "Now that people are aware that the situation is still going on to this day, and the costs that are involved in leasing it every month. I think it'll eventually have to stop, they'll have no choice."
Ross says the Critical Mass rides are a celebration of cycling.