Myrtle Beach Bike Week just ended. Unfortunately, 2 years of efforts by the city of Myrtle Beach to curb the rally have left its toll. Attendance was much lower than last year and the economy is not to blame. Based on complaints of some residents regarding traffic and congestion the city passed ordinances to impose riding with a helmet, outlawing parking lot gatherings and limiting the number of vendor permits.
Bikers reacted by not traveling to the rally or staying outside the city limits. Although North Myrtle Beach, Murrell Inlet and the Grand Stand was welcoming a limited number of vendors, it seems that a big number of those presents to show resistance to the city actions, already decided not to come back next year. The movement “We Came Anyway” is losing steam. Most are even not aware of the legal battles still going on against the city of Myrtle Beach. I already heard a few horror stories of police officers harassing bikers under any available pretext. My comments section is opened to all to tell my readers about your experience, good or bad, during this 2010 rally edition.