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City of Myrtle Beach purchased thousands of bike rack barricades

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The City of Myrtle Beach has purchased 7,677 bicycle rack barricades with a cost of $555,587.49 and 1656 hydro barriers costing $343,255.68.

Uses for the barricades will include managing vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the Memorial Day Event "Bikefest".

The bicycle rack barricades cost $72.37 each, whereas the hydro barriers cost $207.28 each.

According to Mark Kruea, this investment is important and the use of these devices must be managed. Kruea also said, The City of Myrtle Beach has an agreement with GSW&S to utilize an area adjacent to the Public Works Facility for inventory control.

The city purchased this inventory for public property use only, such as street right-of-ways and parks. The city will not rent or loan the devices to private organizations or individuals for use on private property. The city will also not compete with private sector businesses involved in barricade rental for any event on private property.

The City Manager is authorized to determine uses of the devices for special events involving both public and private property. The City is a co-sponsor for the special events.

For special events and park rentals where the city is not a co-sponsor, the city manager is authorized to allow the use of these devices, and may charge a pick-up and delivery fee to cover staff costs. 

Some citizens were not happy with barricades at this years bikefest Memorial weekend, however others were thankful that safety was more controlled.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department called the traffic loop, pedestrian barricades, and Bikefest overall a success this year due to the direct decrease in violent crime.

To read about this years bikefest that took place Memorial weekend, click here

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