The NAACP is spearheading a lawsuit against Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for discrimination against Black Bike Week attendees.

The civil rights organization, along with Cedric and Leslie Stevenson and Simuel Jones, filed the suit to protest unfair traffic restrictions placed on Black Bike Week, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Black Bike Week occurs every Memorial Day weekend, and during that time, Oceanside Drive, a frequent spot for black bikers, is placed under a 23-mile traffic loop that can take up to six hours to complete. After being caught in the loop for hours in 2016, the Stevens restricted themselves to activities within walking distance to avoid leaving Leslie’s mother, who was traveling with them, alone for an extended period. According to the lawsuit, the restrictions made them feel “humiliated and frustrated.” 

Harley Week, a predominately white event, occurs a few weeks before Black Bike Week and is not placed under the same restrictions.

The NAACP also conducted a study that found businesses close or charge higher prices during Black Bike Week. Additionally, the city imports hundreds of police officers from across the state to patrol the event.

“So you have a situation where you have a strong police presence at a large black event and with that comes more stops, more arrests, more harassment,” Anson Asaka, associate general counsel of the NAACP, said.

This is the second time the NAACP has sued Myrtle Beach over this issue. The first lawsuit occurred in 2003 and resulted in the city being required to subject both events to the same plan. That requirement expired in 2015.