Panama City Beach-- Members of the local chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist Association look forward to serving the thousands of bikers who come to our area for thunder beach.
Every spring and fall the Shoppes at Edgewater is transformed into one of the main locations for the thunder beach rally.
The local CMA group uses the venue and three other locations to make sure there is plenty of air in the bikers tires. They also offer free blessings and prayers.
"We are able to pray for people that need a lot of prayer. Especially after the weather in north Alabama. A lot of the people coming down have been affected by that," said Ken Thorndyke, the local CMA spokesperson.
Those prayers are much needed. With so many bikers in one place at one time, chances for accidents drastically increase.
Law enforcement officers continue to encourage everyone to stay safe and be mindful of the bikers.
Panama City Beach Police Chief, Robert Harding, says there hasn't been a lot of serious accidents but people need to stay alert and aware, whether they're one two or four wheels.
"This has been a safe event so far this year. Our traffic crashes are down. I think we've only had one that I’m aware of in our city limits that had some injuries but were not life threatening. For the most part, the riders are safe. They're experiences riders,” said Chief Harding.
The semi-annual bike rally officially began Wednesday evening and wraps up Sunday.