PROSPECT PARK - Brooklyn bicyclists and pedestrians say the NYPD is trying to privatize public space with a proposed permit rule.

If approved, officers would be able to arrest anyone in a group of two or more for being in the street without a parade permit. The proposed rule requires groups of pedestrians, runners and cyclists to submit detailed route plans before hitting the streets.

While police say the stricter rules will ensure the public?s safety, critics say it?s another way for the city to get money from permit fees. They also fear the tourism industry will be crippled. The NYPD plans to hold public hearings on the matter.

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