Thursday, February 26, 2009
Myrtle Beach alienates bikers as Daytona smartly offers its welcome
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bike Week starts February 27 in Daytona Beach and, despite the downturn in the economy, officials expect this year to be big.
It did not look like this [lots of bikes and people shown in video] on Main Street this time last year and Myrtle Beach may have something to do with it. It has a Bike Week in May, but there is now a strict new set of rules; you have to wear helmets, eye protection, partying is frowned upon -- and bikers said they don't want to deal with it.
Many of the bikers that gave Myrtle Beach a miss have descended upon Daytona Bike Week more than seven days early, apparently to make up for lost fun. Behold a great example of free-market economics.
I wonder if Myrtle Beach will demand a bailout from our out-of-control federal government as a result of this. It certainly worked for the auto industry.