Officials deem Bikefest loop success despite snarled boulevard traffic

The 23-mile traffic loop for Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest that was aimed to streamline the traditional traffic of motorcycles and souped-up cars turned into a loop of mostly common cars and some frustrated drivers trying to get on Ocean Boulevard.

Sporadic sightings of exotic motorcycles among a line of vehicles, which at times experienced gaping holes multiple blocks long down South Ocean Boulevard Friday night, were part of the first night’s traffic loop that was in effect from 10 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday.