Bike Tour Fined, Judge Evaluating Legality of Fee

Posted: Apr. 17th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Five Boro Bike Tour

Although New York City officials are looking for almost $1 million in fees against the Five Boro Bike Tour, a nonprofit group, a judge is questioning whether the policing fees are substantiated. City officials are arguing that the tour is not a charitable event and rather an athletic parade; however, their arguments at this point seem to be falling on unsympathetic ears. 

An effort by New York City to charge a nonprofit bicycling group nearly $1 million for the cost of policing its annual citywide bike tour appeared to be in jeopardy on Wednesday, when a judge seemed unpersuaded by the city’s arguments.

The city contended that the Five Boro Bike Tour, scheduled for May 5, should be considered a noncharitable athletic parade, which is subject to traffic-control fees from the Police Department under new city rules.

But Justice Margaret A. Chan of State Supreme Court in Manhattan appeared doubtful about the city’s arguments, which centered on whether the bicycle tour is a charitable event and the fee paid by its 32,000 participants.


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Carolyn Hsu
Carolyn Hsu is the New York Correspondent for JustLuxe and has been beauty, fashion, and travel editor at The Daily Obsession and a freelance writer... Luxury NEWS >