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Plaintiffs: Bike riders settle with NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Plaintiffs say a lawsuit brought by bike riders against New York City has been settled for nearly $1 million.

The 83 cyclists were among hundreds arrested or ticketed in the so-called Critical Mass rides between 2004 and 2006.

The civil rights lawsuit against the NYPD was filed in 2007. Lawyers for both sides learned of the $965,000 on Monday.

Calls and e-mails to the city’s corporation counsel were not immediately returned Tuesday.

The reported settlement doesn’t include lawsuits filed by riders arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention.

The participants and police have long feuded over the monthly rides through Manhattan. The cyclists say they’re harassed and wrongly ticketed. Police say the bikers create traffic chaos.

Plaintiff and riders’ spokeswoman Barbara Ross calls the reported settlement a victory for all cyclists.

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