Massive communications campaign underway online to promote safety, offer tips for Bikefest

Massive communications campaign underway online to promote safety, offer tips for Bikefest

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The bikefest task force team has spent the past several months laying every option on the table when it comes to finding the best way to prevent another deadly Memorial Day weekend.

At a task force meeting Thursday, it was easy to see that police chiefs, fire crews, SLED agents, and other agencies all feel they are on the same page heading into May and they want it to stay that way.

Leaders have agreed to the 23-mile long traffic loop and the county created an app designed to help drivers get around the loop. Ocean Boulevard will be cut down to one lane of one way traffic in Myrtle Beach.

There is also a massive communications campaign underway online to promote safety and offer tips for Bikefest and Memorial Day weekend visitors. This joint effort between the Grand Strand and Horry County agencies are something more along the lines of what to expect when leaders talk about what to do with a hurricane approaching.

There is no trial run to see if their plan will hold up, but the task force team plans to go through a "what if" scenario roundtable discussion.

"Sometimes you walk away from it feeling just fine...we've got it covered, sometimes you'll walk away from it and think, 'Oh, I didn't think about that,'" said Randy Webster with Horry County Emergency Management. "It's just a good opportunity to validate what we are trying to do."

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