Atlantic Beach Bikefest 2021 has already been canceled this year, although there may be an event scheduled later for the Labor Day weekend. As of today, the Harley Davidson Spring Rally 2021 is going forward, though.
Last year, Atlantic Beach’s Bikefest was also canceled due to COVID-19, and the Harley Davidson Spring Rally was postponed but ended up happening later in the year.
Going forward with the bike rallies means much-needed business for struggling local businesses and normalcy for motorcyclists who look forward to the rally each year – should local governments cancel or discourage large events like motorcycle rallies until the COVID-19 vaccine has been more widely distributed?
If you were hoping to attend Atlantic Beach’s Bikefest this year, the decision has been made for you – it has been canceled for the second year in a row, although there may be an event later in the year:
Atlantic Beach City Council members announced they are canceling the 2021 Bikefest for the second year in a row, according to Town Manager, Benjamin Quattlebaum Jr.
The decision to cancel the Bikefest contract was made during Monday night’s city council meeting.
However, Quattlebaum Jr. did say there is a possibility of holding an event on Labor Day or sometime later in the year if vaccines go well.
What about the Harley Davidson Spring Rally?
As of now, the Myrtle Beach Harley Davidson Spring Rally is going forward as is the Fall Rally – if you are planning on attending, you should keep an eye on their website to make sure plans don’t change between now and May.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally: May 7-16, 2021.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally: September 27 – October 3, 2021.
Whether you are in town for the bike rally, you rode in for vacation, or you are a motorcyclist who lives nearby, be careful, wear a helmet, and look out for reckless drivers – motorcycle accidents are on the rise in South Carolina and, just in the past days and weeks, there have been fatal crashes across the state.
Recent motorcycle accidents in SC include:
Horry County: Two motorcycles were involved in a crash with an SUV last week on Hwy 707:
One person was killed Wednesday after a crash involving two motorcycles on SC 707 in Horry County, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Two motorcycles were traveling north near Lowe’s Foods at about 3 p.m. when both motorcycles struck the side of a 2013 Lincoln SUV that was crossing the roadway, troopers said.
One motorcycle driver died at the scene and the driver of the second motorcycle was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, troopers said. The driver of the SUV was uninjured.
The motorcyclist who died was a corrections officers at J. Reuben Long in Conway:
“[He] was a kind, humble and loving family man with a bright smile and servant’s heart. He was always engaging and encouraging to those around him. [He] was a doting father, a loving husband, and a wonderful son and son-in-law. His dedication and service will be a shining example to all who had the pleasure to serve alongside him. We ask for prayers for [the] Officer[‘s] family and our injured officer at this time,” the Horry County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Dorchester County: Last weekend, a motorcyclist was killed after a collision with a Ford F-150 in Dorchester County:
The accident happened on Saturday, February 27 at around 6:50 pm on Old Beech Hill Road in Dorchester County.
Troopers say the incident involved a 2004 Ford F-150 and a 2015 Kawasaki Motorcycle.
Both vehicles were traveling south on Old Beech Hill Road when the driver of the motorcycle struck the rear of the F-150.
The motorcyclist was killed as a result of the injuries. The driver of the truck was uninjured.
Jasper County: Last month, a motorcyclist was killed in a single-motorcycle accident in Jasper County:
South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) is investigating a deadly motorcycle crash on Snake Road in Jasper County.
The crash occurred Wednesday afternoon on Snake Road near Highway 170. SCHP says a motorcyclist was traveling west on Snake Road when the rider ran off the road and hit a tree.
The impact killed the motorcyclist.
Charleston County: A single-vehicle motorcycle crash shut down two lanes on I-26 in Charleston last week:
The South Carolina Department of Transportation says a crash has closed two lanes on I-26 East.
SCDOT says the crash has closed the right two lanes of I-26 at Exit 203 toward College Park Road in Ladson.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Tidwell says this is a single-vehicle motorcycle crash and a tow truck is on the way.
Spartanburg County: A motorcyclist died yesterday morning in a motorcycle accident with a pickup truck in Spartanburg, SC:
A motorcyclist died in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning in Spartanburg County.
South Carolina Highway Patrol officials said the crash happened at about 7:35 a.m. on Brockman-McClimon Road when a motorcycle collided with a pick-up truck.
The motorcyclist… died at the scene, according to the coroner’s office. He was an EMT.
Aiken County: A motorcyclist died in Aiken County, SC, this past weekend when a car pulled out in front of him:
The Aiken County Coroner’s Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal accident Sunday afternoon in Beech Island, SC.
Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables said in a news release that [the motorcyclist] was traveling eastward on Williston Road on a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle when a 2010 Buick 4-door pulled off Woodcrest Place. The motorcycle crashed into the front driver area of the Buick.
[The motorcyclist] was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma.
Kershaw County: A motorcyclist also died this past weekend near Elgin, just outside of Columbia, SC:
A motorcyclist has died after a crash on Two Notch Road outside of Elgin on Saturday.
It happened around 5:15 p.m. on Two Notch (US Hwy 1) near Vallenga Drive, which is between Sandhill and Elgin.
Troopers said a SUV was stopped for traffic when the man on the motorcycle ran into the back of the vehicle.
Crews rushed the man to the hospital. Sadly, he died the next day.
Ride Hard, Live Free, but live… Be safe, be aware of your surroundings, and be on the lookout for drivers who are not looking out for you.
If you or a loved one are hurt due to someone else’s carelessness in a motorcycle accident in SC, you will need an experienced motorcycle crash attorney on your case immediately. Your SC motorcycle accident lawyer at Axelrod and Associates will help you to hold the at-fault driver accountable and collect full and fair compensation from their insurance company.