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Bikefest event promoter says '5 percent' makes the rest look bad

"Ninety-five percent that come down to Bike Week come down here and really enjoy, but you got that 5 percent that comes down here and do whatever; and that 5 percent makes that 95 percent look bad," explained Alex A. "Ninety-five percent that come down to Bike Week come down here and really enjoy, but you got that 5 percent that comes down here and do whatever; and that 5 percent makes that 95 percent look bad," explained Alex A.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As city officials and ambassadors move closer to putting all of their preparations and plans in action for Memorial Day Weekend, a business working to coordinate events for the popular Bike Week is giving a different perspective of what will happen that weekend.

Alex A. is the event coordinator for BikeWeekExpo.com. For 15 years he has been organizing activities and events in Myrtle Beach for Bikefest, and this year will be no different.

But what he hopes will be different is the negative reputation now dragging behind the event that he said has always stood for family and fun since it originated. Alex A. is now working to change the image, and he also has a strong message for those coming Memorial Day Weekend.

"Ninety-five percent that come down to Bike Week come down here and really enjoy, but you got that 5 percent that comes down here and do whatever; and that 5 percent makes that 95 percent look bad," explained Alex A.

The event coordinator said Bike Week came from a positive foundation. He added, " It started as family and fun for everybody, whether you owned a business, whether you owned a motorcycle, or if you came by two feet, we were having fun!"

Alex A. is also a resident to Myrtle Beach and he said he can relate to the frustration that many residents have when big events come to the area, and that's part of the reason he wants to turn the event's reputation around, which means certain people are not welcomed during Memorial Day Weekend.

"Why does have to be that 1 or 2 percent or 5 percent that mess it up for all us?" Alex A. asked. "My thing is if you are going to come to Bike Week and your only intent is to do whatever and say whatever to somebody...don't come! I'm speaking for everybody - don't come! Why? We don't want you! I don't care, it's not a color thing, it's not a bike thing, it's a me thing, I don't want you here, we don't want you here!"

The event coordinator said he wants to see Bike Week become more of a festival in the future, an event that will cater to all ethnicities, and not just bikers.
He believes the Bikefest strategic planning and coordination efforts for this year will help, saying he is glad the City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County are prepared. He is on board with the plan, but he does have some concern about the traffic loop.

"I'm just hoping that it does not create a pile up or a fatality, because nobody wants that, Alex A. said, adding that because it is new this year, he is afraid many people may not know about the change, and will try to get around it or use the roadway as a raceway. He said that may become a safety concern.

He also expressed disappointment about who the county decided to involve in their planning for the event. Alex A. said he would have liked to see more of an collaborative effort with those actually involved in Bike Week, like himself, with those from the city and county.

"Reach out to all the bike clubs, their presidents, reach out to some of the bike shops, Harley Davidson, Myrtle West, whatever put us all together and say, 'Okay, this is what we see from our end, and this is what you see,'" he said.

"You can put the laws in, that's fine, we got to abide by them, we respect that but we still would like to know what's going on so we can pass the word on to our fellow friends that's coming down here," he added.

BikeWeekExpo.com does not want to see what happened last year, repeat, so they will work side by side with law enforcement to make sure Memorial Day weekend is enjoyable for everyone, Alex A. just asks one thing from those attending.

"Just have an enjoyable time, and just be positive," Alex A. said. "Just enjoy the time that you are here you are here on vacation - enjoy it!"

Bikeweekexpo.com activities will be held at Nightclub 2001 all weekend. Some of the activities include a Hip Hop, R&B, Gospel Showcase, Biblical Bikers Ministry, lots of food, vendors, concerts, and nightly parties. 


They want to keep people entertained with constant activities, to leave no time to get into trouble.

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