North Myrtle Beach releases statistics on bike weekends

Statistics provided by the City of North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach has released arrest and accident statistics for the Atlantic Beach Bikefest held this past weekend, as well as the Harley Rally held earlier this month.

This past weekend there were 105 arrests, 44 traffic accidents, 18 motorcycle accidents and 1,437 calls for service.

This same weekend last year there were 70 arrests, 16 traffic accidents, 11 motorcycle accidents and 1,436 calls for service.

Pat Dowling, the spokesman for the City of North Myrtle Beach, said that while they can't provide exact attendance statistics for the festivals, "our perception is that more people came to Bikefest this year than last year."

Dowling said when comparing the impact of the Atlantic Beach Bikefest and Harley Week on the city, "attendance at the Harley event for our city was substantially less than attendance at the Bikefest event."

During Bikefest, North Myrtle Beach had about 110 state troopers and police officers from other South Carolina jurisdictions assisting the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department in managing the traffic and crowd, according to a release.

There was also one helicopter working primarily at night to help identify hot spots.

Public safety personnel worked 12 hour shifts, with about 50 officers working from 6:00 am-6:00 pm. Their numbers were increased beginning at 4:00 pm, resulting in about 90 officers working through each night.