Cops to Crackdown on Drunkenness at Manayunk Bike Race

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

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.

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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