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Bikers share unexpected problems with traffic loop

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Sunday is the third and final night of Myrtle Beach Police's Traffic Loop and bikers everywhere are sharing their stories of riding it. Police say so far the loop has been a success, but many bikers said that success doesn't come without some growing pains.

“On a bike, it took me over an hour and a half, stopping and going,” said Jerome Geathers, a biker in town from Orangeburg.

With both Bikefest and its notorious traffic loop wrapping up, Geathers is one of many bikers sounding off.

“Just not knowing where we're going, when's it going to end, you know, it's putting us all back out on 501 to come all the way back in town,” He complained.

The 23-mile loop takes folks all the way out to Highway 31, and then eventually funnels them back in towards Ocean Boulevard.

Police say the idea behind it is to keep traffic moving.

Bikers say traffic does creep along, but that slow pace has brought up some other problems.

“Gas light comes up, what are you going to do?” asked Geathers. “A lot of guys were on the side of the road, waiting for someone to help them out.”

“You sit in traffic too long, it's going to run hot,” explained Keith Gee. “Then they got you blocked in there so you can't get out, so what are you going to do? You start pushing your bike, you're holding up traffic, then they're going to give you a ticket.”

Gee has been coming to town from Maryland for more than ten years. He says folks familiar with the event haven't had too many problems with the loop, but the newcomers have.

He worries it could be what keeps them away next year.

“They probably won't come back,” Gee said. “Some of them will, some of them won't.”

As for Keith, he will be back for his eleventh Bikefest next year.

If a traffic loop makes a return that won't change anything. He knows where to go and how to get there, and won't let anyone take that from him.

“I know how to get around though, I'm not going to tell them,” Gee said.

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