City councilors Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) and Michael Flaherty (at large) say it's time to curb a proliferating number of road races that tie up neighborhood streets, particularly in the Back Bay, but also in the Fenway and Beacon Hill.
"Parades, road races, the National Realtor's Race, the National Whatever Organization Happens to Be in Town road races," Zakim sighed. Especially because these events are often little publicized outside the groups themselves, kids trying to get to piano lessons or people trying to get to the dentists find themselves seriously detoured and late, he said.
Flaherty said he realizes many of these events help "very important charitable causes," but added, "there are other neighborhoods that can host races." Besides, that would mean more foot traffic for stores along the routes in other neighborhoods, so it would be win-win, he said.
The council agreed to schedule a hearing to consider what to do about the issue. Flaherty said that, in addition to city transportation officials, it would be important to invite DCR to the table, because of the multiplication of races along the state-owned Esplanade.