It seems Calgary is a little behind the times.
Usually, we get a flurry of news articles about angry municipal politicians decrying loud exhausts in April, but this year it’s taken the Calgary police department a few extra weeks to get around to addressing the issue. But, it’s happening nonetheless, with an article in the Calgary Herald describing the department’s plan to cut down on noisy vehicles. They actually tried to start such a program a couple years ago, but it didn’t work out, and now they’re trying again.
It’s worth noting that the police are being much cagier than the fuzz in Edmonton; the cops in Oil City have been trying to battle motorcycle noise for years, but they can’t seem to make the tickets stick, and motorcycle riders say they’re being targeted by law enforcement, with plenty of cars and trucks running around the city pumping out just as much noise as an open-piped Big Twin.
Calgary police haven’t singled out motorcyclists, though. The Herald article has plenty of references to noisy cagers as well, so it seems that they intend on applying the rules across the board. They’ve bought some testing equipment , and they plan to start the anti-noise fight in coming weeks. The article also says the cops are planning to crack down on speeders, too, so if your bike is silent but deadly, you might want to keep a closer eye on the speedometer for the next little while …