Golf carts banned on Ocean Boulevard ahead of Black Bike Week, Memorial Day weekend

Golf carts will not be allowed on parts of Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach over Memorial Day weekend.

City officials announced Tuesday that golf carts will be prohibited from 29th Avenue North to the south end of city limits beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ending Monday when traffic control devices have been removed from Ocean Boulevard.

The executive order signed by Myrtle Beach City Manager Jonathan “Fox” Simons indicates that the change is related to the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest, also known as Black Bike Week, which begins Friday. A similar order was not signed for Myrtle Beach Spring Bike Rally, which closed on May 19, 2024.

In addition, all South Carolina golf cart laws will be enforced and authorizations for the event were granted to Police Chief Amy Prock, according to a press release from the city. Those include requesting assistance from federal, state and other local government agencies, temporarily diverting pedestrian and vehicular traffic and establishing and enforcing no cruising zones and a temporary cruising prohibition.

Myrtle Beach already implements a different traffic pattern on Ocean Boulevard for Memorial Day, which includes shutting down the northbound lane, allowing traffic to only move south along Ocean Boulevard beginning at 29th Avenue North and ending at U.S. 17. Only emergency vehicles will be allowed to drive north on Ocean Boulevard. This will last from Friday May 24 through Monday May 27.

Drivers will also not be able to access Ocean Boulevard normally as there will be nine designated entrances along the five-mile stretch. There will also be no through traffic allowed along Chester Street, Withers Drive and Yaupon Drive, all roads running intermittently in between U.S. 17 and Ocean Boulevard.

This has been nicknamed the “chute” and has been met with a negative reaction from business owners and people driving along Ocean Boulevard.

Here’s where to enter Ocean Boulevard:

  • 21st Avenue North

  • Mr. Joe White Avenue

  • Ninth Avenue North

  • Third Avenue South

  • Ninth Avenue South

  • 13th Avenue South

  • 19th Avenue South

  • 25th Avenue South

  • 29th Avenue South.