Bikers are heading to the Grand Strand for this year’s “Cruisin’ the Coast” Spring Rally, which opened Friday. Myrtle Beach area businesses have high hopes the biker rally will be better this year than last.
This is the first year for the spring rally since the South Carolina Supreme Court overturned the city’s helmet law. Myrtle Beach had passed restrictions and required all riders to wear helmets as part of their 2008 rules intended to tone down the rallies.
The event typically draws about 500,000 people. Opponents say it creates noise and traffic problems.
Many riders were outraged by the restrictions and promised never to return to the beach because of it. The court ruled the city’s requirements were invalid because it superseded state law which only requires helmets for riders younger than 21.
Vendors began setting up and are optimistic that the event will attract thousand of motorcyclists. It runs through May 22.