Thousands of Motorcyclists to Converge on Erie Starting This Weekend
Get ready for an influx of motorcycles in the coming weeks, as three big celebrations come to our area.
It all kicks off with the 7th annual Harley Davidson Bike Fest, starting this weekend.
The Harley shop on West 12th street hosts the week-long event starting on Saturday, July 12th.
There will be lots of motorcycle-related activities like rides, including the MDA Miles for Smiles Poker Run on Saturday, July 13th, which benefits the local Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Plus there will be food, live entertainment and music, vendors, contests and more, “We run it in conjunction with Roar on the Shore, we just wanted to make it a little bit longer, it's just another place for riders that are coming to Erie to come in have fun, and check out everything Erie has to offer,” said Laurie Thompson, the General Manager of the Harley Davidson store of Erie.
For a full schedule of events, including the music headliners, and a look at what vendors will be on hand, visit the Harley Davidson’s Bike Fest Website.
And with 165,000 people expected to attend Roar on the Shore next week, Pennsylvania State Police will be tasked with handling things like crowd control, traffic enforcement and responding to any accidents.
But while they do their job, Trooper Cindy Schick says it's up to the bikers to ride carefully, and other drivers on the road to be extra alert, “Obviously it's going to be high traffic with various activities across Erie county, so we're just advising people traveling to be careful, maybe take a different route if possible, if not, give yourself a little extra time, watch for the motorcycles,” said Trooper Cindy Schick.
“Patience is going to be the name of the game this week, there are going to be so many bikes in Erie, and I think the people in cars need to be aware, and remember the saying look twice and save a life,” said Thompson.