- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Grand Strand officials are suggesting two more possible one-way driving loops to control biker traffic during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest next Memorial Day.

Four alternatives are being considered to keep bikers from causing congestion.

Following a rash of violence this year that left three dead, Myrtle Beach has proposed a 40-mile loop while Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus wants a shorter 9-mile loop.

Area media outlets report that on Wednesday, two other alternatives were suggested.

North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley says it would take 1,000 police officers to patrol a 40-mile loop.

One new proposal loops onto the six-lane Carolina Bays Parkway. But Lazarus says the Highway Patrol opposes that because the limited-access parkway would then become a racetrack for bikers.

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