Raleigh will host fewer road races under a new policy approved by the Raleigh City Council Tuesday.
Tuesday’s 6-2 vote lowers the annual race cap from 100 events to 95 - just a few more than the 91 already on the calendar. The policy also bans existing races from closing streets in the same neighborhoods on back-to-back weekends, forcing some events to change dates or locations.
No additional races would be allowed in neighborhoods around downtown and Hillsborough Street: Mordecai, Oakwood, Boylan Heights, University Park and Cameron Park.
Businesses and residents there have complained that frequent roadblocks make it difficult to get around and hurt shops and restaurants. But race directors have protested the new policy, saying it could cost them their longtime date and location – and potentially some fundraising revenue.
Councilmen Thomas Crowder and Russ Stephenson cast the lone votes against the policy. They’ve said races will still be too frequent, prompting more conflicts between races, neighborhoods and businesses will continue. And Crowder says he’s concerned some races involve alcohol on residential streets.