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Seasonal restrictions on dogs and bikes take effect

Starting May 1 through Labor Day, pet owners cannot have their dogs on the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting May 1 through Labor Day, pet owners cannot have their dogs on the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bicycles are not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And on the boardwalk, you can only bike from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Bicycles are not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And on the boardwalk, you can only bike from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Seasonal restrictions are in place for dogs and bikes on the beach and boardwalk.

Dog restrictions

We're quickly approaching the busy tourist season, with that comes more people who aren't as familiar with the rules. And you might need a refresher as well.

Starting May 1 through Labor Day, pet owners cannot have their dogs on the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This isn't anything new, these seasonal rules have been in place since the 1980's. Mark Kruea, the spokesperson for the city of Myrtle Beach, says these rules are important because our beaches are so busy with so many different activities. And adding too many dogs to that is too much to handle.

At all times, pets must be on a leash and owners must pick up their dogs' poop. In Myrtle Beach, it's a misdemeanor if you're caught not cleaning up after your pup.

If you're convicted, you could face up to a $500 fine and/or a 30-day sentence.

“The enforcement officer needs to see the violation in that instance,” says Kruea when it comes to how officers enforce this rule. “I think most people are very responsible pet owners today. So they know to pick up after their pets. Not everybody is, and it's helpful to remind people that yes, you really do have to pick up after your dog whenever your dog is off your private property,” says Kruea.

On the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, the hours are a little different. Pets are only allowed from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

When it comes to North Myrtle Beach, dogs are not allowed on the beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The seasonal rule in North Myrtle Beach will kick in May 15.

Bike restrictions

As we see more bicycles, we also see an increase in serious accidents. So making sure you're following the rules of the road is extremely important.

In the City of Myrtle Beach, there are seasonal bike restrictions. Bicycles are not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And on the boardwalk, you can only bike from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

And according to city leaders, there's definitely a lot of confusion each year when it comes to the rules of the road. The marketing manager at the Beach Bike Shop, Fleet Odom, says one of the biggest problems is cyclists not riding on the correct side of the road. Those on bicycles need to ride with the flow of traffic, while runners need to go against traffic. It's not the other way around.

Odom says the number one issue is not enough people are wearing helmets. “The helmets, I can't stress enough. Even riding around in the parking lot, you just never know when that squirrel or something is gonna come out and you go down,” says Odom.

In the city of Myrtle Beach, there are rules that you have to wear a helmet on public roads if you're 14 years old or younger. Above that it is not a rule, but highly recommended.

When it comes to North Myrtle Beach, there are no restrictions on bikes during the summer. But Lt. Johnson with North Myrtle Beach Police says bicycles are not allowed on the sidewalks in business districts. That would include areas like Main Street. In these areas cyclists must ride on the street because there are too many pedestrians for it to be safe on the sidewalk.

The city of North Myrtle Beach does not have helmet rules for young kids, according to Lt. Johnson. But cyclists are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet at all times, along with reflective gear.

Lt. Johnson says their city does see an increase of bicycle accidents during the busy tourism season. He believes much of the blame goes to motorists failing to yield the right of way to cyclists. Lt. Johnson says the best way to avoid any accidents or injury would be to pay extra attention and be sure to have a “share the road” attitude.

Another big issue when it comes to bicycles during the summer is that a lot of foreign exchange students use them without completely understanding the rules. The city has made brochures for international students in Spanish and Russian. Those brochures can be found at City Hall and are being passed out in areas where foreign exchange students typically stay.

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