Police, bikers, businesses: nice weather no boost to Bike Week
MEREDITH — Bikers, businesses and police say Bike Week 2014 has been a little slower than usual, despite nearly ideal riding weather this week.
“It’s not horrendously dead, but it’s been a little slow,” said Krista Landry, supervisor at Flurries restaurant in downtown Meredith.
Some local Bike Week promoters have been saying the attendance this year is better than usual, but that’s not the case, said Bob Burch, a biker from “upstate New York.”
“You hear some of these people saying there’s more people this year, but it’s slower, no doubt,” Burch said.
“It’s slower this year, though it’s picking up a bit,” said Meredith police Lt. Keith True, who was directing traffic in front of Meredith Harley-Davidson, one of the busiest spots in the area during Bike Week.
Tim Snow of the dealership said business and traffic at his store has been “average.”
“It’s picking up a lot today,” he said Thursday morning.
Anthony Avertine of Meredith, a local Rotarian who helps with parking and shuttles back and forth from parking lots for the motorcycle dealership, agreed.
“It’s all about the weather, and we’ve had some beautiful days this week,” he said. “It’s usually all about the sun.”
Landry said the promoters are not wrong in saying there are more bikers this year, as last year’s Bike Week was rainy, cutting down on bike traffic.
“So it is better than last year,” she said. “But it’s a little slower than normal overall. I’m not sure why, exactly.”
Burch had a theory.
“I think it’s the economy, it’s still running slow,” he said.