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Raleigh proposal would cap number of parades, races

Posted August 19, 2014 6:00 p.m. EDT
Updated August 20, 2014 5:13 a.m. EDT

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.