All's civil at the bike race

Posted: June 04, 2012

Hundreds of spectators lined the route of the Manayunk bike race Sunday morning cheering and ringing cowbells as the first racers strained to get to the top of the steeply inclined section on Lyceum Ave., known as "The Wall."

Police also lined the route to enforce the city's "zero tolerance" policy for disorderly behavior and public drunkenness.

Residents, who had complained bitterly in the past of late night partying, noise, and rowdy behavior said there were signs that crowd conditions were much improved.

"It has been much better this year," said Sue Quigley, a crowd marshal and life-long Manayunk resident.

Quigley said that in past years the atmosphere was so out of control that she retreated to her house until the end of the race. That wasn't necessary this year, she said.


Contact Chris Mondics at 215-854-5957 or cmondics@phillynews.com.

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