It’s that time of year in South Carolina, when motorcyclists come out to enjoy themselves in the beautiful weather. Motorcycle celebrations are upon us twice in May: Harley Bike Week occurs May 15 through 21 in 2017, and Bikefest itself happens at Atlantic Beach in the City of Myrtle Beach on Memorial Day weekend, May 25 through 28, 2017.
As you might imagine, public safety can become more difficult when you have two bike celebrations nearly back to back. We have some information to help you enjoy as stress-free and safe a motorcycle celebration as possible.
What You Should Know
Again this year, the Memorial Day Bikefest will see an increased police presence. Hundreds of extra police officers and SC State Troopers will be on duty. Additionally:
- Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach will have barricades to keep motorized traffic and pedestrian traffic separate.
- Ocean Boulevard will be one way.
- A 23.1-mile traffic loop for bikes will be operating in an effort to keep things moving. It will follow the same route as last year during the same hours (10 p.m. to 2 a.m.).
If you will be flying in or out of the airport, taxi drivers will be instructed to take a different route during traffic loop hours. Lt. Joey Crosby of the Myrtle Beach Police Department (MBPD) explained, “We’ll also have our taxi officer at the airport during this weekend to help the travelers get to and from their destinations, but also to help the taxi drivers with any route questions they may have.”
MBPD hopes to have a mobile application ready for Android phones to help taxis and others navigate, though they admit that the iPhone version will probably not be ready. One version of the app was originally launched last year to help people avoid the loop.
Personal Safety Concerns
Bikefest is a celebration that many look forward to, but be aware that not everyone who is attending has your best interests in mind. Here are some suggestions for staying safe:
- Always have a designated driver.
- If you go to a bar, club, or a party, attend with at least one other friend—do not go alone.
- Make sure friends or roommates know where you are going, who you are going with, and when you plan to return.
- Do not drink beverages you have not opened yourself, and don’t leave your drink unattended.
- Trust your gut. If a situation makes you nervous or uncomfortable, leave as soon as you can.
- Remain aware of your surroundings. If you or your friend feels disoriented or much too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol you have consumed, leave the situation and obtain medical assistance.
- Call 911 if you feel threatened or if you are assaulted.
Useful Resources for You
Here are three links to information you will want to see if you are planning to attend Bikefest, especially if you ride:
- The City of Myrtle Beach has published the complete rules and traffic changes for Bikefest online.
- Horry County has provided a printable copy of South Carolina’s motorcycle laws.
- The Horry County Bikeweeks page also has an extensive list of motorcycle safety suggestions, covering group riding, dealing with heavy traffic, bike theft prevention, and other topics. You can find it by scrolling to the bottom half of the page.
We hope you’ll exercise proper caution during the motorcycle festivities. We at the Louthian Law Firm want you to have fun, but we also want you to return home safely, wherever your home might be.
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