The ongoing war against motorcycle noise has a new Canadian battleground: Calgary, Alberta.
The city’s Herald newspaper reports police are testing a device to combat loud vehicles, both four-wheeled and two-wheeled – noise issues are the city’s third highest number of bylaw complaints, the paper tells us. The city council is looking at a bylaw banning vehicle noise above 96 decibels.
City police haven’t announced they’re going to specifically target motorcycles, like Nanaimo, BC, but they’re using a device that was inspired after a run-in with a noisy bike. Their weapon against raucous vehicles, the Noise Snare, was actually developed by an Edmonton man after a loud motorcycle woke up his baby daughter, according to an article in the Metro newspaper.
Unlike most citizens who merely complain about loud pipes, the inventor, Mark Nesdoly, took the fight a step further: He developed an automated, vehicle-mounted system that scans traffic for loud vehicles. If the device detects an offending car or bike, it takes a video of their vehicle – think of a photo speed trap, except with a microphone instead of a radar gun.
The device costs $112,500, says the Calgary Herald, but Nesdoly donated the unit to the city’s police force.
You can see a video of the device in action below. Pay attention – if units like this become common across Canada, there will soon be nowhere for loud bikes to hide.