2006_08_stmarkschurch.jpgTonight at St. Mark's Church, there's an "unofficial People's Forum" to discuss the NYPD's new rules for sidewalk and street use. Assemble for Rights NYC explains what the rules mean:

Under the NYPD's proposed rules:
- Any group of two (yes, 2) or more cyclists or pedestrians traveling down a public street, who violate any traffic law, rule or regulation can be arrested for parading without a permit.
- Any group of 20 or more cyclists must obtain a permit and approved route from the NYPD or would be subject to arrest
- Every group of 35 of more pedestrians must obtain a permit and approved route from the NYPD or would be subject to arrest

While it's clear that this is an effort to screw over protests and Critical mass rides, we'd doubt the NYPD breaks up the groups of tourists gumming up the streets in their packs!

Tonight's forum starts at 7PM - St. Mark's Church on East 10th Street at 2nd Avenue. And next Wednesday, August 23, there is another event, this time outside 1 Police Plaza at 6PM. In the meantime, here's what you can do.