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Raleigh proposal would cap number of parades, races

Posted August 19, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014

Runners take off at the start of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Raleigh in April, 2014.

— In an attempt to appease downtown residents fed up with closed streets and complicated detours, the City of Raleigh is considering lowering the number of events allowed in a year that impact high-traffic areas.

City Councilwoman Mary Ann Baldwin said the Law and Public Safety Committee would recommending reducing the number of road races and parades to 95 per year from 100 and implementing a better notification process for affected neighborhoods.

Through Aug. 20, the city had scheduled 91 events that would impact traffic, Baldwin said, and any that are added to the calendar would have to find routes outside of the most heavily trafficked thoroughfares such as Hillsborough Street and the Mordecai area.

City leaders are considering other options, including:

  • asking long-standing races to choose a different route or date,
  • promoting alternative locations for races to create less impact on neighborhoods and businesses, and 
  • requiring that event organizers notify residents and businesses six weeks and two weeks in advance.

The full council will consider the recommended policy at a meeting Sept. 2.


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  • Jerry Sawyer Aug 20, 2014
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    We really don't want so many people making such a negative impact on our down town. Find another place out of the way to run.

  • Cabe Merritt Aug 20, 2014
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    I am with doing away with most all of them!

  • btneast Aug 20, 2014

    Please update the article with the names of businesses that are opposed to downtown festivals. I'll make sure to not support them because I value downtown festivals Reading is fundamental. It said "residents", not businesses were complaining. Even for businesses, keep in mind the closures prevent customers from getting to your business. Not all event attendees are a customer of many businesses. The exposure is great, but a very small percentage of event attendees actually buy stuff from the businesses downtown, like most seem to think. The routes are cordoned off many hours before and after the event.

  • Forthe Newssite Aug 20, 2014
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    Thus far THIS year there have been 91.......that's pretty close to 95 according to my math.

    BUT that said, I tend to avoid the crowds regardless but these events DO bring $$ to Raleigh

  • go fish Aug 20, 2014

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    I enjoy the downtown events too, but if they were blocking off my neighborhood I am pretty sure I would be getting a bit tired of it as well.

  • Colin Burch III Aug 20, 2014
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    It should not be an annual limit, it should be a monthly limit and that limit should be one time a month max. Residents did not move to Raleigh to be part of sports circus. People live here, have business to do here and do not need their daily lives disrupted by these events. If the area wants to do these events then take them to less populous areas where a minimal number of people will be affected. Better yet, put them to a vote and lets see who, beyond the organizers, really wants to have the events. How about midnight Saturday until 6AM Sunday? That would be a great time. Works for road crews. If we stop road crews from disrupting things, why not same for unnecessary events.

  • bill0 Aug 20, 2014

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    The cap is 95 events - so about 2 per weekend. They didn't even have 95 events this year, so the cap it theoretical. The national events all sign contracts and get first dibs on dates, so those won't be impacted.

    The "events" that are going to get squeezed out are the misc 5k charity races. The plan is to design a route over by the art museum so that they can still have the races but won't need to close downtown roads.

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  • heelhawk Aug 20, 2014

    who needs all these downtown events, the exposure they provide to the City of Oaks, and the business and economic impact brought in by participants and spectators. Let's send all of these events to Charlotte and let them deal with the revenue windfall and positive national exposure.

  • LocalYokel Aug 20, 2014

    It's a long standing American tradition to settle on land and force others to relocate.

    Please update the article with the names of businesses that are opposed to downtown festivals. I'll make sure to not support them because I value downtown festivals.