Langley, BC – The City of Langley appreciates all the hard work that our community volunteers give, not only for the Langley Good Times Cruise-In but for all community events that take place within the City. Due to the Langley Good Times Cruise-In’s success, this event cannot be treated like any other day in the community with thousands of cars placed in our downtown streets and hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoying this unique car show. With the event’s highly anticipated attendance, the City must increase community services such as policing costs to enforce traffic regulations, unsanctioned vehicle performances, disorderly conduct, and open alcohol being consumed on streets in the downtown core. As a City, it’s our job to ensure safety for citizens, community members and visitors.
The City of Langley has and will continue to support the Langley Good Times Cruise-In. The City sponsors $12,175 in funds through the community grant process, commits many countless hours of staff time, allocates $43,000 in RCMP staffing costs for this event, and this year will contribute an additional $11,770 to replace the Volunteer RCMP Auxiliary Constable team with RCMP members, for a total of $66,945 in financial support for the Langley Good Times Cruise-In event.
Due to recent changes to the Volunteer Langley RCMP Auxiliary Program, team members are no longer able to take part in community events. This is a mandated RCMP directive from Ottawa that all jurisdictions must follow. This change has led to increased costs in policing community events such as the Langley Good Times Cruise-In.
“Many organizations have benefited through the generosity of the funds raised by the Cruise-In and we continue to support their event," says Mayor Ted Schaffer.
Langley City Council is looking forward to having a joint meeting with the Langley Good Times Cruise-In’s Board of Directors following this year’s event to ensure improved communication and more positive outcomes in future years.