Growing number of road, bike races adding stress to local communities


( – Road and bike races continue to grow in popularity throughout Massachusetts, and while many of the events benefit charities, some residents are griping about the weekend road closures, unavoidable traffic backups, and the taxing of local services, like police details put in place to keep participants safe.

Some communities south of Boston are trying to strike a balance between the run, walk, or ride events which seem to happen at least once a weekend, every weekend during the warmer spring and summer months, reports the Boston Globe.

Quincy has already imposed a moratorium on new races and rides.

Officials at the local level are beginning to draft a policy that would automate and streamline the application process, and possibly introduce a fee scale. The new policies aren't meant to deter organizers from applying, but encourage them to look at alternative venues aside from downtown areas.

The effort to get a handle on the increasing amount of races is a nationwide issue. The newspaper reports that in New York, officials in the Long Island town of Southold adopted a ban against for-profit road races in May, and in Raleigh, N.C., city officials curbed the number by way of a regulation that limits all street closure permits to no more than 100 a year.

For more information: The Boston Globe