If you've worn yourself out worrying that the 5 Boro Bike Tour may not be happening thanks to a mandatory $1 million security fee, breathe easy: A Manhattan judge said today that the city's claims that Bike New York, the organization that hosts the ride, does not qualify as a "charitable organization" were unfounded, the Daily News reports. The judge will make an official ruling soon, given the ride's rapidly approaching date.
Bike New York, which funnels proceeds from the ride back into its own programs like Bike Basics, Street Skills and Learn to Ride, said initially that the $967,534 fee could not only cancel the ride, to be held on May 5th, but conceivably bankrupt the entire organization. Luckily for cycling enthusiasts, Judge Margaret Chin maintained that the NYPD doesn't, in this case, get to determine the definition of "charitable." “Bike NY does charitable work ... The way they’re raising money isn’t to your liking.” she said.
If you wanted to ride in the 5 Boro Bike Tour, well...you can't. The ride itself is long sold out, but chin up! You can still volunteer. After all, it's for charity.