‘Bike Court’ To Ruin Manayunk’s Weekend Debauchery
Lots of us have a Manayunk Bike Race story. Most begin full of joy, hope: “I remember the deck party along the Manayunk Wall was blasting House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around.’ I cracked my first beer at 10, saw the first bicyclist go by at 11 and got into a fight with a guy I hadn’t seen since college at noon.” But they end so tragically: “Next thing I know, I’m an adult doing what I just described.”
Well, Manayunk’s 2012 class of 17th graders, this year may prove even more difficult, and not just because House of Pain hasn’t been relevant since 1993. Because for the second year, a special bike race court is being set up on Sunday, “where those arrested could find themselves in front of a judge within minutes and slapped with fines and community service,” according to the Associated Press. Which means when you and your fellow Juggalos get too rowdy – and you will – Philadelphia’s finest will be on you faster than that first shotgunned beer went down.
Additionally, uniformed and plainclothes Pennsylvania state troopers will be joining the Philadelphia Police Department in wrapping up and caging the young, sweaty drunksters. Police have pledged a “zero tolerance” policy and are trying to maintain what’s being called a “family-friendly atmosphere”: No public drunkenness, public urination, rowdiness or underage drinking. Those attending have one thing going for them. The police can’t literally arrest everyone.