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Police: Zero Bike Race Citations; Neighbors: It's Getting Better

On the whole, residents agree the bike race was less rowdy.

Editor's Note: An earlier version inaccurately cited information from a NewsWorks story involving the Friday night court. It has since been corrected.

Walking down a random Manayunk or Roxborough street Sunday afternoon during the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, there certainly were instances of open containers and loud music playing. However, there also existed families taking in the race, owners walking pets and casual people just enjoying a Sunday.

Rachel Wexler grew up attending the race and is now a homeowner in the area. 

"It got out of control in a lot of years. It was a big deal. (This year) was the least, out-of-control it has ever been," she said.

She said that although the party house on her block was loud but it wasn't out of control.

Police Presence

, Philadelphia Police, State Troopers and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Broad maintained a presence wherever you went Sunday. The LCB and the flyers to houses in the race area leading up to the event warning of advanced enforcement.

Although NewsWorks.org reported a night court tried 22 cases Friday, with 17 guilty verdicts and four found guilty in absentia, the said no citations were issued or arrests made Sunday. Further, that court was related to prior incidents—nothing that happened at the time.

"It was a wonderful race. I thought everyone was well behaved, and of the minimal intervention that we had, everything was received well," Philadelphia Police Captain John Cerrone said.

The captain walked the course's perimeter. He said he took a more "hands on" role with his assigned officers this year to "make sure they knew what our agenda held."

For example, if people were spilling off their property and into the sidewalk, blocking passage, officers interceded before an altercation could occur. 

"Maybe if a woman came along with a stroller or walking an animal, we were making sure that the crowds were respectful and aware of the area," he said.

Out in the Streets

A lack of citations hardly means people were teetotalers Sunday. Nearly every praise possessed a qualifier around the theme "It's getting better" and that work could be still be done.

People tweeted, posted on forums or emailed problems they experienced. They also used social media to post positively.

Andrew Bantly, president of the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association and member of the Roxborough/Manayunk Bike Race Committee, reported neutral to positive feedback.

"I know I saw lot more families then we ever saw. Parties were more contained," he said.

One Roxborough business owner and resident said the mid-afternoon rain helped cool off the partying, as well.

Executive Director of the , Jane Lipton said she witnessed the tamest ever Main Street on bike race day.

"There was far less drinking then I've ever seen. There were tons of family, and it just seemed better," she said.

In 2010, for example, Lipton said it surprised her how few people she recognized, as many people avoided the race. "This past Sunday, I talked to so many people I know."

Ines Stelzer June 06, 2012 at 09:59 AM
Bike race....another thing taken away from OUR neighborhood by the Manayunk Association. A group of outsiders who decided to change things that were a part of Manayunk's history. Take Canal Day. This was a day that all of Manaynk celebrated OUR neighborhood. There was a parade, our Mayor (Frank Rizzo) and other politicians would march in the parade. We had a Miss Manayunk Pageant, a band. Bars offered food, drinks. I guess the snobs on main street didn't care for the "class of people" who lived and celebrated Manayunk. So slowly but surely they killed a tradition that has been a part of manayunk for almost 30 years. Now instead of closing off Main street, they moved the entire Canal Day to Venice Island, that at the time was a dirt parking lot that had a dilapidated hockey rink. Now they ruined the bike race. Yes there were always the rowdy ones, but at least we don't piss all over other people's property like the patrons of the bars and restaurants on Main street. People who don't even live in the neighborhood. I guess to the Manayunk council it's ok because they patronize THEIR bars. But god forbid, the Council of Outsiders" let the "low lives" who were born & raised here drink a beer in public, pissing is OK, but don't carry a beer. Manayunk used to be fun....now it's a bunch of yuppies and metro sexuals who can't hold their liquor, and who act like their too snobby to associate with the "riff raff", meanwhile there pissing on someone's front steps.
Christine Hough June 06, 2012 at 10:26 AM
This is my first year attending the race in Manayunk. As an empty-nester, I recently moved here from Bucks County, and was almost dreading a day of drunken debauchery by the student and young population that seems to take over Manayunk at night. I was pleasantly surprised. I concur with the article above, although I did go back home around 3, so was not present on Main Street to see how the evening developed. Many thanks to all the police officers who were scattered along the streets--they were very friendly and happy to be there, and seemed pleased that the crowd was behaving so that they could enjoy their duties for a change. Nicely done, Philadelphia!!
Debbie Thomas June 06, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Wow. Do you still live in the neighborhood? If so and you feel this way, it sounds like you need to move somewhere else. You know it could be a lot worse. I love the Roxborough/Manayunk area. You have the Main Street and Ridge Avenue for shopping and dining out. Yes the college crowd can be a bit rowdy at times but then again I bet many of the older residents complaining did the same thing when they were in their 20's. I have found many of the young residents to be friendly. Some will even help the elderly homeowners. Just be thankful that Manayunk, unlike many sections of Philadelphia, is still a great place to live. There's very little violent crime.
Theresa S June 06, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Aside from mixed personal opinions, do we think zero citations written is a win? On a random Sunday are there zero citations written? The police were certainly plentiful and friendly throughout the day, but not sure attentive or engaged. I would suggest asking the several people from hilltop-to-bottom laying between parked cars and on lawns. In the end, I am had a great time (responsibly) at Bike Race and I do agree it was better than years past, however I do not think this "Zero Citations Written" is the theme to push... it is sort of embarrassing.
Sam Fran Scavuzzo (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Just a heads up—I clarified info originally reported by NewsWorks to better reflect that story. Here's their piece for more info. http://www.newsworks.org/index.php?option=com_flexicontent&view=items&id=39534:bike-race-in-manayunk-
J. June 07, 2012 at 01:22 PM
"Police: Zero Bike Race Citations" No citations were written: Was that good ?
J. June 07, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I am not doubting the Police did a good job on the bike race. However the side streets in Manayunk and Roxborough had numerous underage drinkers many of them throwing their beer cans and cups and other thrash on the sidewalks, streets and on private property. Many of the drinkers were urinating on the sidewalks and streets. This went on from Friday through Sunday. My comments are no relection on the Police as they did the best they could with the amount of Police assigned to the race. However the article on Patch sounded very politically correct. These type of news reports are the reason most people are not watching the main stream media news programs and our watching Fox news instead. The no citations article did not give a true picture of the unruly, rowdy intoxicated young people on the side streets and the people who reside in the area know it. Then on the other hand you cannot put a Police Officer on every block. The Police did the best they could. However to praise the hoards of inebriated underage, rowdy drinkers on the side streets, some urinating on the sidewalks was a very slanted politically correct article. People have a right to know what went on during and after the bike race on the side streets. No spin now, patch should be fair and balanced.
Duke June 26, 2012 at 05:03 PM
"Zero Bike Race Citations" ?????????????? "Police: Zero Bike Race Citations; Neighbors: It's Getting Better " Is that good? The side streets were filled with numerous underage intoxicated young people urinating on the sidewalks and peoples property, throwing thrash and empty cups and beer cans all over the sidewalks, streets and private property. As there were no citations issued this year more lawless people will come back next year as they know they can break laws with impunity. On the bike race itself the Police did an excellent job. The problems were on the side streets. Do you think no citations was a good idea? No citations issued sounds good at first until you think about it.
Sam Fran Scavuzzo (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Hey, Duke. There was an assaulted reported the day after the race itself. http://roxborough.patch.com/articles/bike-race-assault-reported-police-say
Duke June 27, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Did the Police write whoever commiitted the assault a citation if they didn't they have a perfect record for no citations.
Sam Fran Scavuzzo (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 06:28 PM
The police's statement is that they wrote no citations during the bike race. That's correct. The person who was allegedly attacked filed the paperwork the next day. No arrests were reported.
J. June 27, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I have mixed emotions on one hand I would like to see whoever committed the assault arrested but on the other hand if the person is arrested that would spoil a perfect record of: No citations written.
Duke June 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM
"Police: Zero Bike Race Citations" The no citations article did not give a true picture of the unruly, rowdy intoxicated young people on the side streets and the people who reside in this area know it. Then on the other hand you cannot put a Police Officer on every block, however are the Police writing no citations a good theme to push? Wait untill next year when the word spreads that you can do what ever you want before, during and after the bike race for an entire weekend and you won't be arrested or given a citation. Including but not limited to underage intoxicated young people urinating on the sidewalks and peoples property, throwing thrash and empty cups and beer cans all over the sidewalks and peoples private property with impunity.
J. June 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM
" Are the Police writing no citations a good theme to push? Wait untill next year when the word spreads that you can do what ever you want before, during and after the bike race for an entire weekend and you won't be arrested or given a citation. Including but not limited to underage intoxicated young people urinating on the sidewalks and peoples property, throwing thrash and empty cups and beer cans all over the sidewalks and peoples private property with impunity." I would hope this: We don't arrest theme does not give any lawless, rowdy people encouragement to come back to our neighborhood every weekend. Is that the message the Zero Bike Race Citations theme sends?
J. June 29, 2012 at 02:05 AM
We can hear fireworks which started at approximately 8pm this evening and is still continuing this evening. We can hear the noise on Green lane. We don't know where the loud sounds are coming from or how far away the noise is coming from. We can't see the fireworks we can only hear it. Is a permit needed to set off fireworks in Philadelphia? As far as we know the Fireworks can be a long distance from Green Lane and whoever is doing it could have a permit. Just curious if anybody else hears the noise or knows of any permits that were issued for fireworks in our area? Is the City of Philadelphia having fireworks in our area this evening?
J. July 27, 2012 at 01:09 PM
"Police: Zero Bike Race Citations; Neighbors: It's Getting Better" WHY IS THAT GOOD? This we don't lock anybody up theme encourages these young people to break the law. Even a person who never committed a crime before will be encouraged to break the law. Does Patch buy the : We don't lock anybody up theme nonsense? " Are the Police writing no citations a good theme to push? Wait untill next year when the word spreads that you can do what ever you want before, during and after the bike race for an entire weekend and you won't be arrested or given a citation. Including but not limited to underage intoxicated young people urinating on the sidewalks and peoples property, throwing thrash and empty cups and beer cans all over the sidewalks and peoples private property with impunity." I would hope this: We don't arrest theme does not give any lawless, rowdy people encouragement to come back to our neighborhood every weekend. Is that the message the Zero Bike Race Citations theme sends?
Duke July 27, 2012 at 01:28 PM
"Police: Zero Bike Race Citations; Neighbors: It's Getting Better" WHY IS THAT GOOD?" No! it's not good but apparently some people are buying that nonsense. Fortunately most people can see through that foolishness, especially our area residents who witnessed the intoxicated young people urinating on the sidewalks and peoples property, throwing thrash and empty cups and beer cans all over the sidewalks and peoples private property with impunity."
Duke July 31, 2012 at 12:03 AM
"Police: Zero Bike Race Citations; Neighbors: It's Getting Better" What neighbors said that! We don't know anybody who said that nonsense" Sorry: No credit this year for not arresting law breakers. "Credit does go to the Bucks County Police Officer for protecting our Community. "Bucks County Cop Shoots, Kills Intruder at Andorra Home, Police Say" "Wait untill next year when the word spreads that you can do what ever you want before, during and after the bike race for an entire weekend and you won't be arrested or given a citation. Including but not limited to underage intoxicated young people urinating on the sidewalks and peoples property, throwing thrash and empty cups and beer cans all over the sidewalks and peoples private property, etc with impunity" I do not blame the Police Officers for not arresting the law breakers as they only do what they are told. There are a lot of great Officers in the 5th District. It appears the policy coming from someone is: Don't arrest people. Is that good?
J. July 31, 2012 at 02:22 AM
"Police Promise 'Zero Tolerance' at Bike Race" Most people know that approach did not and will not work! You can't be a paper tiger and have your bark much worst then your bite most people see through that nonsense and that talk apparently did not scare anybody. A better response would have been: "To Speak softly and carry a big stick" and make arrests where warranted. Apparently all those rowdy intoxicated young people Including but not limited to underage intoxicated young people who were urinating on the sidewalks and peoples property, throwing thrash and empty cups and beer cans all over the sidewalks and peoples private property were not concerned with tough talk. Arrests of those Law Breakers would have worked much better. A Paper Tiger Can't Tell You Where He Stands. By the way: If you think the rowdy crowds were bad this year, wait until next year as these rowdy lawbreakers know they can break the law with impunity and the word will spread quickly. A Paper Tiger Can't Tell You Where He Stands. By the way: Hats off to the Bucks County Officer for protecting our Community: RE: "Bucks County Cop Shoots, Kills Intruder at Andorra Home, Police Say" God bless you Officer.. Thank you for protecting our neghborhood as who knows how many houses those two felons would have invaded if the Police Officer did not stop them in their tracks..
Duke July 31, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The Bluster and Bluff policy sounded good at first until the young revilers, those rowdy intoxicated young people Including but not limited to underage intoxicated young people who were urinating on the sidewalks and peoples property, throwing thrash and empty cups and beer cans all over the sidewalks and peoples private property realized the tough talk for what it was, mainly Bluster and Bluff and this encouraged and enabled the rowdy intoxicated , young law breakers to get bolder and bolder and braver and braver and sillier and sillier.
Duke July 31, 2012 at 03:23 PM
The old adage that people soon grow tired of a Govermernt that offers them no protection sounds very true.
J. May 23, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Are the Police writing no citations a good theme to push? Wait untill next year in 2013 when the word spreads that you can do what ever you want before, during and after the bike race for an entire weekend and you won't be arrested or given a citation. Including but not limited to underage intoxicated young people urinating on the sidewalks and peoples property, throwing thrash and empty cups and beer cans all over the sidewalks and peoples private property with impunity." I would hope this: We don't arrest theme does not give any lawless, rowdy people encouragement to come back to our neighborhood every weekend. Is that the message the Zero Bike Race Citations theme sends?
J. May 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM
This policy of speaking louding and carrying a small stick does not work.

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