Drone view of Ocean Boulevard during Bikefest Saturday
For the second consecutive night the bike week traffic loop has been canceled.
Myrtle Beach officials decided not to enact the traffic pattern — implemented annually since 2015 during Memorial Day weekend to keep traffic moving and promote safety — calling it off at 9:48 p.m. based on “an evaluation of current traffic conditions.” The 23-mile one-way loop was scheduled to go in effect 10 p.m.-2 a.m. each night Friday through Monday.
“We will be deploying traffic enforcement teams to Kings Hwy to address congestion and to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors,” an email from Cpl. Thomas Vest with Myrtle Beach police said. “Again, all agencies want to remind drivers to stay focused, be alert, and drive safely.”
The loop funnels traffic from Ocean Boulevard out to Horry County before returning to city limits. It was canceled Friday night based on an evaluation of current traffic patterns, Vest said.
Bikers are here, but Ocean Boulevard has seen sparse traffic compared to other years. Most of the Atlantic Beach Bikefest action has been on the north end of Myrtle Beach, Atlantic Beach and North Myrtle Beach.