Cops to Crackdown on Drunkenness at Manayunk Bike Race

Increased police presence, 'Bike Court' to curb rowdies at Philly bike race

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An enhanced effort to curtail drunken rowdiness will be in effect for a popular pro-cycling race in Philadelphia this weekend.

The Philadelphia International Cycling Championship means two things to neighbors: Hundreds of cyclists struggling up the infamous “Manayunk Wall” and hundreds of drunken spectators making a spectacle of themselves.

Uniformed and plainclothes state troopers will join Philadelphia Police for a second year to curb out-of-control rowdy behavior.

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And returning for a second year, a special bike race court is being set up where those arrested could find themselves in front of a judge within minutes and slapped with fines and community service.

The race is now in its 28th year.

Residents have in recent years reported rampant underage drinking and out-of-control house parties. Police say they will target underage drinking, public intoxication and rowdiness.

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