Bike Week has record crowd

Organizers attribute attendance of 160,000 to concert lineup. Click here for more Ohio Bike Week coverage, video and photo galleries.
Jessica Cuffman
Jun 9, 2013

After a damp start, clear weather brought attendance at Ohio Bike Week up to 160,000 in early estimates, making its success comparable to last year.

Unofficially, more than 2,000 bikers rode from Roeder Racing in Monroeville to the downtown Sandusky block party Saturday afternoon, Bike Week organizer Steve Ernst said.

“Despite the weather, we had record crowds downtown,” he said. “Our band lineup was incredibly strong.”

Click here for more Ohio Bike Week coverage, video and photo galleries. 

Attendance numbers met figures in years past despite the cancellation of the All Harley drag races in Norwalk.

And changes are coming for next year that could boost attendance even higher, Ernst said.

Staff are already working on changes for the layout of the event and the date could change too, though there is no official announcement yet, he said.

Ohio Bike Week already makes the map nationally, but its publicity is sure to grow after a film crew from Discovery Communications puts out footage they’ve recorded through the week with police officers and bike week staff.

The crew is making a documentary after filming in Sandusky, at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, and Laconia Motorcycle Week in New Hampshire, Ernst said.

Sturgis, Laconia and Daytona host the largest motorcycle events nationally, he said.

“We’re definitely on the map. It’s a neat thing,” he said.

Comments

Raoul Duke

Neato.

bobshumway92

Hopefully next year there are DUI checkpoints at all roads leaving downtown.

Free Man

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

gene44870

Thats not a good idea , who in the world would come to a place knowing the risk of getting a DUI would come to bike week ?
I am not a drinker , but I can tell yea that that would be a place I would stay clear of

rezzy

Yes, and raids on homes to make sure everyone is doing what they're supposed to be doing.

bobshumway92

I guess neither of you have had a family member killed by a drunk driver. That's ok though. It's good for business. Unreal.

rezzy

Sorry for your loss! I just think that's a delicate balance in a democracy. I'm not supporting drunk driving, just freedom

arnmcrmn

DUI checkpoints.....lol.

donutshopguy

Talked to a few of these visitors while waiting in line for a restaurant last night. Both groups from the Ohio area. They both offered my father-in-law the opportunity to move in front of them as a sight of respect for a WW2 vet. He declined but was honored by their thought.

Free Man

wow really the way those fatboyz eat hard to believe !!!

rezzy

It's worth knowing that they opened each event with children reading the pledge of allegiance and the National Anthem. This group has respect for the veterans and love the exercise the freedoms that come with it...let's not lose sight of that.

Free Man

looks like the bikers made it to the office , Monday morning.

VTX Rider

Very nice gesture.

Grandpa04

Most bikers are great poeple! That never changes. poeple who talk them down are poeple that are CLUELESS!

Free Man

Grandpa come home bike weak is over . the grass needs cut.

VTX Rider

Right on!

Free Man

Glad its over Grandpa and Grandma can finally park that $over rated$ mc in the garage for the rest of the year and take off the fake leathers and gandpa can shave and grandma can shower and talk about how they where bikers once.. for a week

rezzy

Free Man owned a moped in high school and watches TV. He knows everything about bikers.

Free Man

well yes i do own a moped did we ride together ?
wha ? u mean TV is fake ?
dam...just got a SOA tat..

reader

They came. They spent a ton of money and had fun. Almost all made it home safely.

Yawl come back next year's bike week !

After the pleasant weather for Saturday's downtown party and parade, let's hope we can hit the trifecta with sunny skies for our 4th of July community celebration in Washington Park and the big car show in September.

gene44870

And just to think that if they charged one dollar , look at the money that could be made . and two dollars would be like hitting a gold mine
And I am just wandering how many people were arrested . I hate to have to appear in Sandusky muni on monday ...lol

Grandpa04

Funny, Grampa was a biker probably before u were thought of. as i said CLUELESS! lmao

Free Man

if you say so... pops !

Grandpa04

Call ur self free man ? Mabee u should also thank the men and Women who fought for that , instead of critisizeing them! Alot of them ride bikes!

Free Man

ya pops maybe some did maybe some didn't got a point ?

rezzy

I get it! Free man must never have served or had a family member that served.

Free Man

gandma stop it.. go feed gramps

Free Man

Grandpa come home bike weak is over . the grass needs cut.

Grandpa04

I see, u meant free from prizon, or county!

Free Man

if you say so... pops !

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