Yet again, I'm looking in the paper and see a one-sided storyline about how "beneficial" events like the ironman was. As if to add insult to injury, people were asked if they were inconvenienced by it at all. Well, guess what? Maybe if you asked people in Pemberton, you may have gotten a different response. I live up Pemberton Meadows road, and let me tell you, when somebody puts a barrier at the end of your road and feels like they have a right to tell you that you can't go anywhere, that is unconstitutional.
And to reap the benefits might be nice, if we only saw any. First, we have a Sunday (Slow Food Cycle) that puts thousands of clueless bikes on the road, with no intentions of heeding the rules of the road. Next, we have a Sunday that blocked all of our roadways with no way around. Are there any benefits at all to this? Is there any compensation for the local businesses that were hammered by that event? Excuse me, but I'm not anti-events, I'm for personal fairness and respect. These events did neither one. So, the next time we have an event that inconveniences people time and again without the benefits, try asking the inconvenienced.