Video: A tame race day scene in Manayunk

The event that helped put ‘Manayunk on the map’ has earned a reputation in past years as an out-of-control party scene in Manayunk and Roxborough. But that reputation may be on the mend thanks to efforts by local civic associations, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., Manayunk Development Corporation’s Jane Lipton, State Rep. Pam DeLissio and local residents.

Last year, those neighborhood officials established the Manayunk-Roxborough Bike Race Committee to help find ways to curb race day rowdiness in the neighborhood.  Last year, the group saw slight improvements and stressed the importance of having a ‘zero tolerance’ policy along the race route and surrounding areas at the next race.

Today, members of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board made their way through the race route to check in on local restaurants that sell alcohol and to enforce the neighborhood’s ‘no cans or bottles’ policy. In addition, two police officers patrolled each intersection along Main Street. 

Lipton and other neighbors say those efforts paid off and showed early signs of bringing the bike race back to what it used to be.

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