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Organizers and the cities need to find a better balance between the race's interests and the movement of traffic, especially non-spectator traffic that is simply trying to get from one part of town to another.
Hey, mchristi - It's on a Sunday, preparations already take traffic routing into account, and the streets belong to everyone, not just drivers. Yes, it can be inconvenient when everything does not cater to motor traffic every second of every day. Other cities around the world cope with events that temporarily inconvenience regular traffic, but the Twin Cities are world class and we can do it too.
mchristi: The minor inconvenience in traffic is for 8 hours at most, on a Sunday. It's very easy to plan around. It's one of the best organized races, which occur in every major metro area in the county. The race brings exposure and thousands of people to the Cities. It's a good thing. Enjoy it or stay home and watch the Vikes.
Mchristi - the marathon happens once per year, and lasts for a few hours. The date and route are known WELL in advance, and organizers get word out ahead of time about road closures and alternate routes. That seems like pretty good "balance" to me. What more do you want?
The day is perhaps less inconvenient from any other, but people still need to be able to get around on a Sunday. The marathon route through St. Paul, for example, completely cuts the northwestern part of the city of from the southwestern part of the city except for one street that has very limited access, that street and the few streets which feed into it become significantly congested because so much traffic is funneled into it, especially with marathon spectators besides regular traffic. What I want is for St. Paul to keep Snelling Avenue, and maybe another one or two streets open. Allow traffic and runners to alternate through the intersection. Minneapolis should do the same thing on their side of the river at selected major artery intersections. There is no reason that both the marathon and car traffic can't share the city that day.
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