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Delmarva Bike Week Kicks Off

 SALISBURY, Md. (WBOC)- Cruising, live music and fun in the sun. Just some of the perks of the 14th Annual Delmarva Bike Week and Ocean City Bike Fest through September 14. 

With more than 170,000 bikers expected to pour into the Salisbury and Ocean City area over the weekend, some people were worried about traffic. Event organizers say they have plans in place to make sure it is a smooth ride for everyone involved.

Laverne Kramer has lived in Ocean City for 25 years and has watched the event grow. 

“It's getting bigger and bigger every year,” said Kramer. “From Coastal Highway to 136th street we were going up, they were coming down. I counted only the motorcycles that were driving straight down coastal highway and I counted 187.”

This is the second year Ocean City Bike Fest and Delmarva Bike Week have coincided. Events are taking place across the peninsula, including Rommel Harley Davidson in Seaford, Winterplace Park and Perdue Stadium in Salisbury and Seacrets and the inlet in Ocean City. 

Bike Week event coordinator Kerry Mendenhall says they work hand-in-hand with the police to control any traffic issues. 

“They work with us, we work with them. We can just call them if we're having a traffic issue or vice versa, if our traffic is blocking them up they will let us know. We adjust,” said Mendenhall. 

Laverne Kramer says the bikes don't bother her at all, but said she tends to avoid traveling. “The Friday, Saturday and Sunday that they're there we stay in, except for today because we had to go to the doctors,” said Kramer. 

Peter Hemmrich of Lancaster, Pennslyvania was enjoying his 12th year at Delmarva Bike Week. He too was worried about safety, from a biker's standpoint. “I do a lot of riding myself. I just assume everyone in a car is trying to kill me,” said Hemmrich. 

 Maryland State Police say so far, so good when it comes to keeping the events safe and keeping traffic moving and keeping the event enjoyable. 

Carol Jachowski of Crisfield was traveling through Salisbury and said he hasn't noticed any traffic problems from the event. 

“I enjoy it. I enjoy looking at all the motorcycles,” said Jachowski.

His wife agreed. “I like watching them come through. I even enjoy the noise actually."

It's a noise event organizers say brings about 20 to 30 million dollars to the local economy. 

”When they come down to Crisfield they bring some business down there and we need quite a bit. Quite a few of them come down there, there were about 20 or 30 of them that came by us as we were coming out,” said Carol Jachowski.  

Police say they have stepped up patrols to be able to help keep motorcyclists and drivers safe on the roads this weekend. 

For more information about Delmarva Bike Week and for a full schedule of events, visit

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