On behalf of the officers of the Horry County Police Department, welcome to the 2017 Bike Weeks. I am Joseph Hill, Chief of Police for Horry County, which includes the Myrtle Beach area.
Hosting two bike week events in the same month is no small task especially when it comes to Public Safety issues. Law enforcement agencies, area-wide, strive to provide a safe and enjoyable venue for our visitors, business owners and residents alike. Life safety issues are a priority and will remain a top priority as it only takes a few problems to create an unsafe environment for others.
Like last year, we will be making changes to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. These changes include:
- An increased police presence for the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest with several hundred additional police officers and South Carolina State Troopers;
- A 23-mile traffic management loop during select hours to keep traffic moving;
- One way traffic on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach;
- Barricades on Ocean Boulevard to separate vehicular traffic from pedestrian traffic; and
- Many other measures intended to make the weekend safer and more controllable.
Our community is special to us and we value the safety of our residents and visitors. We chose to make the Myrtle Beach area home because it’s a great place to live, work and raise a family. We respect where we live, and ask that when you visit, you do as well. It’s my job to ensure that everyone follows the laws and enjoy a safe experience while visiting the Myrtle Beach area.
As a rider myself for over 35 years I want you to visit and tour our great area and leave with the appreciation of this beautiful community We welcome everyone to come visit, but when you do, remember to:
- Be safe;
- Have fun; and
- Follow the law!
Traffic Management Loop
Operational Friday, Saturday and Sunday
May 26-28, 2017
10 pm - 2 am
During the Memorial Day holiday weekend (Friday, May 26, 2017, through Sunday, May 28, 2017), entry to the Myrtle Beach International Airport after 9:00 p.m. will be limited due to a traffic diversion route which will affect the area surrounding the airport.
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.
For more information, contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department: (843) 918-1382.
Awareness At Social Events
- Plan to be with at least one other friend when going out to a bar, club, or party.
- Be sure that at least one person is identified as the designated driver.
- Keep your friends or roommates informed of where you are going, when you plan on returning and who you’ll be with.
- Do not drink beverages that are already open handed to you by people you don’t know or trust. Never leave your drink unattended.
- Trust your instincts. If any social situation becomes uncomfortable or feels wrong, remain calm and leave immediately.
- If at any point, you or a friend feels disoriented or unusually intoxicated for what you have consumed, leave the bar or party immediately. Get medical help if necessary.
- Be aware of your surroundings and travel the safest route available.
- While sexual offenses go underreported, please call 911 is you have been sexually assaulted.