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New York fights unicyclist lawsuit

Published 18/03/2011 | 15:47

A unicyclist is fighting a three million dollar lawsuit after being fined for cycling on a pavement
A unicyclist is fighting a three million dollar lawsuit after being fined for cycling on a pavement

New York City is contesting a three million dollar lawsuit brought by a Brooklyn unicyclist who is taking issue with a technicality in city code.

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Circus performer Kyle Peterson was issued with a ticket in 2007 for violating an ordinance which prohibits riding a "two- or three-wheeled device" on pavements.

He filed the federal lawsuit against the city claiming his rights were violated because he was riding on one wheel.

Both summonses were dismissed in court but Peterson has said he wants the freedom to ride his unicycle.

The Daily News reported that the city filed a motion to dismiss the suit this week, saying the law was intended to protect pedestrians.

The city authority claims the difference between a bicycle and a unicycle is "negligible".

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