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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."

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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