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What you need to know about Myrtle Beach BikeFest Traffic Loop and more

Source: City of Myrtle Beach Source: City of Myrtle Beach

(WMBF) - Anyone attending the 2015 Atlantic Beach Memorial Day BikeFest will see significant changes in Myrtle Beach, especially on Ocean Boulevard and Kings Highway.

The traffic loop is arguably one of the biggest changes to BikeFest plans this year, so it's easily one of the biggest concerns for locals: how will you get around the biker congestion and how can you get to and from work during loop hours.

After looking at the traffic patterns from years past during BikeFest, 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. is when our roadways see the heaviest congestion. That's why police chose those hours for the 23-mile, clockwise loop on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The loop may look massive and confusing, but there are four main things you need to know. If you want to avoid the loop:

1. Stay off Harrelson Blvd.

2. Don't turn onto 29th Avenue North

3. Stay off Ocean Blvd.

4. Park on the West side of Ocean Blvd.

“If you are a citizen, or you have to go from point A to point B, you cannot break through the loop,” warns Monika Newman, a Community Ambassador scheduled to work Bikefest. “And it is for you protection. It really is a good thing.”

Outside of those four things, your traffic will be like any other day except for more bikes and more congestion.

And don't forget, on Ocean Boulevard, it will be one-way southbound from 29th Avenue North to S Kings. That starts midnight on Friday. They're doing this so they can use the northbound lanes just for emergency vehicles.

Locals, the biggest thing to remember, is that you're highly encouraged to take 17 Bypass as much as you can instead of driving around downtown.

The traffic loop app really is the best way to get updates once the Bikefest rally officially starts. Click here to download it. Instructions will be on the right-hand side of the web page. Once you download the Explorer for ArcGIS app, search for “2015 Bikefest Traffic Loop” and you'll get the correct updates.

It'll show traffic congestion by color, and it will show locations for accidents on and off the loop.

In the end, city and police officials say the traffic changes are for your safety. The point of the loop is to keep traffic moving. If they can keep traffic moving, they believe it eliminate opportunities for bikes to stop and clog up roads, create unannounced block parties, and lead to potential crime.

The improvements identified below will address both traffic management and pedestrian safety concerns from recent years. The goal is to enhance emergency response times and prevent gridlock.

Ocean Boulevard traffic

From Friday at midnight through Monday at 6:00 a.m., May 22-25, northbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard are reserved for emergency vehicles.

Airport Passengers

Airport passengers and anyone picking up or dropping off passengers must access the airport as follows:

Enter: US 17 Bypass North to Harrelson Boulevard exit, then Harrelson Boulevard to Jetport Road (main entrance

Exit: Jetport Road to south Harrelson Boulevard, then Harrelson Boulevard south to South Kings Highway.

Traffic loop

All traffic on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach is one-way, southbound, from 29th Avenue North to South Kings Highway, with an extended loop beyond Ocean Boulevard. Important to note that the traffic loop is only in effect from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, May 22, Saturday May 23, and Sunday, May 25. It is NOT in effect 24 hours a day.

Access to Ocean Boulevard begins on Kings Highway at 29th Avenue North, with no access north of that point. Exits from Ocean Boulevard may be allowed at those cross streets with traffic signals on Kings Highway, depending on traffic conditions.

This will help keep traffic flowing and prevent gridlock. At other times, traffic may be diverted from Ocean Boulevard to keep vehicles moving at peak periods.

Pedestrians

For walkers' safety, pedestrians will be separated from vehicles along five miles of Ocean Boulevard, from 29th Avenue North to South Kings Highway. Barriers will be in place to prevent walkers from entering the roadway.

Impromptu parties, with or without alcohol, are illegal on both public and private property. Alcohol consumption is illegal in parking areas and on public rights-of-way. Violations are misdemeanors, subject to a fine of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail, per occurrence, upon conviction.

Trash pick-up with Myrtle Beach city limits

Trash receptacles on Ocean Boulevard will be emptied twice daily during the weekend, once afternoon and once after midnight, to avoid littering. Lane closures and detours may occur during this process. Thank you for using the trashcans!

Motorcycle Parking

No more than two motorcycles may park in a single public space. For spaces controlled by pay-stations, rather than parking meters, both motorcycles must pay to park and both must display parking receipts. Paid parking is enforced from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., seven days a week.

SC Helmet Law

South Carolina requires helmets for all motorcycle operators and passengers who are under age 21. Myrtle Beach encourages helmets for all riders!

Noise Ordinance

The noise ordinance prohibits excessive noise, including noise created by loud music, revving engines and spinning tires. Violations are misdemeanors, subject to a fine of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail, per occurrence, upon conviction.

Curfew

In the City of Myrtle Beach, a year-round curfew is in effect for juveniles (under age 18) between 1:00 and 6:00 a.m. It is a misdemeanor for a minor to be in a public place during curfew hours.

Court and Bond Hearings

The Clerk of Court's Office will be open 24 hours a day throughout the weekend, with bond hearings scheduled every six hours.

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