Tired of all the negative publicity that comes along with the annual bike rallies and the fact that the bikers are scaring off the golfers, the City Council is implementing a strategy to eliminate the bike weeks all together. By adding $4 in property tax to every $100,000 home and $6 to commercial and second homes, the city looks to raise $1 million a year – and get rid of bike week in the process. It doesn’t really matter that businesses all across the Grand Strand will be losing a major portion of their YEARLY revenue, as some might even go out of business with the lost of the event, as it’s all about them. But then again maybe some good will come out of a quieter week leading off to the start of summer. So let’s explore the pros and cons of eliminating bike week.
The first pro that comes with eliminating bike week is the $1 million via a raise in property tax. With all the extra money, Myrtle Beach should see an increase in police protection, better roads, newer school books and other expenditures.
Secondly, locals will be able go out without the fear of running into a leather laced metal rocket. Last year was considered a good year when there was only seven bike related deaths.
Up next is the elimination of all the noise. For those who enjoy falling asleep to the crashing of the waves, your dreams are often interrupted by a Harley vroom. So if this ordinance is passed, you can count your sheep in peace.
The fourth pro would be the Council’s pitch to make the weeks, soon to be, formally known as bike week, family week. That’s right, a complete 180. From beer downing, bikini bike washing, bike week to ice cream licking, sand castle building, family friendly week.
The fifth and final pro would be …. Err. I was lucky to come up with four so I’ll stop while I’m ahead.
If you’re looking to give a boost to golf resort, courses and shops, you’ll be sacrificing plenty of other businesses. From bike shops to clothing stores to restaurants and clubs, many local businesses make their entire revenue for the year during these weeks. If you eliminate bike week you will also be putting numerous Grand Strand businesses to death as well.
If you kill off bike week, you will not only be harming businesses during May, but the bikers will not return throughout the year. Many bikers often visit Myrtle Beach multiple times throughout the year but will make their way to Dayton or anywhere else.
The third con to eliminating bike week is the fact in everybody’s mind, including families, the last weeks in May will always be seen as bike week. Nobody will want to bring their kids to Myrtle Beach during this time, unless it’s on the back of a Harley, for fear of the seeing something shouldn’t. It doesn’t matter that bike week has been dead for years.
The fourth con to killing bike week is Myrtle Beach might lose its “cool factor.” The number one reason people travel across the country to come to Myrtle Beach is, golf. But then a close second would be all the young, and young at heart, which drop in looking to have a good time. By eliminating bike week the council will unleash a negative cloud over Myrtle Beach as visitors will see the town more as a place for party-poopers not party-goers.
The fifth and reason, and we’ll just stop here, the city shouldn’t kill bike week is it may be seen as racially motivated. Oh no, not the race card…err, yup. Why is it that business shut down during black bike week, but not Harley week? How is it that many hotels raise their rates during black bike week? Or why did the city block off traffic a couple years ago and only rectifying the situation after the NAACP dropped in? And why were there three times as many cops out for black week versus Harley week? Many defenders of the ordinance say that all the crime and deaths that occurs during black bike week is the reason why this ordinance must be emplaced, with Harley bike week just being a casualty. But this is untrue as there were nearly double the bike related deaths during Harley week than black bike week.
So it’s hard to say this early who will win out – the city that backs the golfers or the annual tradition, bike week? This one may not be decided until the last ballot is cast.
Let us know what you think. Keep Bike Week Alive. Or Let Bike Week Die.