Bikefest Task Force meets for final planning session ahead of Bikefest 2017

Bikefest Task Force meets for final planning session ahead of Bikefest 2017

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Bikefest 2017 is about a month and a half away and emergency management plans are coming together now for it with only a few small changes this year.

The second and final Bikefest Task Force meeting of 2017 lasted under 15 minutes.

"As expected throughout this planning session, we're ready to go. Everything is in place," said Randy Webster, director of Horry County Emergency Management. "There are no major issues to address at this point. It's just really everything is moving forward as it's supposed to be to be ready to respond to the weekend."

One change for this year's event is Horry County's Emergency Operations Center won't open Thursday, but instead, EOC operations will start Friday.

"The bigger piece starts on Friday. It's just a cost savings," Webster said. "There's no reason to keep everybody on an extra day when we've got a whole weekend to go, so it's more of an efficiency and keeping people fresh."

The traffic loop will be back from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

During that time, airport traffic will be getting extra attention to get people in and out smoothly.

"There's been a few hiccups over the last two years, so I think this year they've come up with a way to help alleviate that this year, which includes just having some key personnel on site during that time to really work it out immediately," Webster said.

The only real question this year is how many people will show up for Bikefest. Atlantic Beach has plans for live concerts this year and the town is hoping to attract even more people.

"We just don't know what that means for numbers. There's no way to know," Webster said. "We'll see how it goes."

However, emergency responders are ready.

"We've planned appropriately to support that as a task force," Webster said.

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