Myrtle Beach boardwalk makes another national list

dbryant@thesunnews.comJuly 31, 2013 

MB Boardwalk Bicycle

FILE PHOTO:2013 - A bicyclist rides on the Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk at sunrise. Bicycling magazine recently included the boardwalk in a list of beach boardwalks for bicycling.

CHARLES SLATE — cslate@thesunnews.com

— Myrtle Beach’s boardwalk is getting even more national attention, this time in front of bicycling enthusiasts.

The 1.2-mile boardwalk made the cut in Bicycling magazine’s online edition as one of the 10 Best Boardwalks for Cycling, at least the third shout out for Myrtle Beach’s boardwalk this summer.

The magazine’s online edition refers to Myrtle Beach as a “revitalized beach town” and says it has the newest boardwalk in the United States, debuting in 2010. The blurb points out that the boardwalk is a traditional raised boardwalk on the northern end, which then weaves through the dunes on the south end and passes by some longtime Myrtle Beach staples, including The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove.

“Though the planks are young, they lead to some classic institutions,” the blurb says.

It also mentions some of the things bicyclists can do when they’re done riding, including stopping by the I Love Sugar store that opened earlier this summer along Ocean Boulevard, the LandShark Bar and Grill or Bandito’s restaurant, which extended the boardwalk several hundred feet earlier this year so it would reach to the restaurant.

Myrtle Beach’s boardwalk joined others from places such as New Jersey, Florida and California on the list, including those in Coney Island, N.Y.; Atlantic City and Jersey Shore, both in New Jersey; Ocean City, Md., and San Diego, Calif.

You’ll have to be up early in Myrtle Beach to see bikes on the boardwalk during the summer. Bikes are only allowed there from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. from tourist-heavy May 1 through Labor Day.

Dave Sebok of Myrtle Beach’s Downtown Redevelopment Corp., which pushed for the building of the boardwalk, said he has seen a growing number of bikes on the boardwalk.

“Was down there [Wednesday] and saw many parked and some streetend bike racks totally full like at Ninth Avenue North,” he said in an email.

The nod from Bicycling magazine comes on the heels of shout outs from Budget Travel as one of America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks and USA Today as 12th in its list of the 24 best boardwalks for food in the USA.

“Not the longest boardwalk ever but clearly one of the most appealing and enjoyable so no wonder a great many people notice, appreciate, talk about and recognize this gem of an amenity in Myrtle Beach,” Sebok said.

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