First Bikefest task force meeting addresses traffic

First Bikefest task force meeting addresses traffic

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Each Memorial Day, thousands of bikers, walkers, and drivers flood Myrtle Beach Streets. 

In the past, those streets have become grid-locked and turned into situations police can't always handle.

This year, Myrtle Beach is trying to fix that. 

"We have a traffic issue in Myrtle Beach that we have got to solve, and we can either do that in a coordinated way or uncoordinated way," said Myrtle Beach City Manager Tom Leath.   

Myrtle Beach believes the coordinated way is some form of a traffic loop. The loop would involve several major roads and control traffic coming in and out of the city. 

On the other hand, Myrtle Beach believes the uncoordinated way is what they call a flush; something they've been doing for years. It essentially shuts down a road for a short period of time. 

We just send them out that way; we don't put them in a loop. We don't control where they go, it's just you're not gonna be on the boulevard for a while," explained Leath.   

"We realize that they have a problem, but we have a problem, too," replied North Myrtle Beach City Manager Mike Mahaney. 

North Myrtle Beach has been against Myrtle Beach's plans for weeks. In today's meeting, they made it clear Myrtle Beach needs to try some other, smaller options. 

"If you were at the Bikefest summit, you heard most of them that had a 3, 5, 7-mile loop, certainly less than 40," Mahaney said. 

Moving forward, the task force will split into subgroups focusing on different topics. Several subgroups will aim to find a better compromise for each city's Bikefest traffic plans. 

The next task force meeting should be the first week of December. City leaders say this is an ongoing process, where they will keep meeting leading up to Memorial Day and maybe even beyond.

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