Rain doesn’t damper future of TTCM event
Rain may have put a damper on the turnout, but the initiative will live on thanks to organizers of Tsawwassen Community Rides.
The event took place Saturday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. as a collaboration between Century Group’s ‘Southlands’ (who have formerly hosted the ‘Bike In’) and Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall as well as community partners, Bria Communities, HUB Cycling, the Boundary Bay Cycle Club and the Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association.
“The day started with a light drizzle and our 10 participating community groups set up their tents, booths, food and info,” said TTCM Promotions Manager Shannon Taylor. But by 11a.m. she said rain was threatening the outdoor portion of the event.
“Our seniors component went well with over 30 seniors who went around the mall to five stamp stations,” she said. Seniors turned out in the pouring rain to collect stamps and enter their passport into the draw barrel to win a $50 TTCM gift card.
A group of 20 children also braved the weather to participate in the decorated bike parade around and through the mall, followed up with a show by Bobby the Magician and treasure box prizes.
The main guided bike ride event wasn’t so fortunate.
“Towards 1 p.m. we had a handful of registered bike riders but it was now raining heavily. Our cycle guide team made the call to cancel the event,” Taylor said.
She quickly turned to a contingency plan contacting the musicians and cancelling that outdoor performance. Hosts of the exhibits and booths were told they could pack up, alerts were posted on Facebook and Twitter notifying all of the cancellation. The centre switched the message on the exterior electronic sign to reflect the change of plans.
“We left the registration booth set up with staff personally explaining the unfortunate cancellation.
Our guests were all very understanding,” she said, adding an optimistic spin, “Now that we have a solid blueprint, we will repeat the event next summer, possibly earlier in the summer, in hopes of getting better weather.”