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Latest news … the city revoked the restriction. Motorcycles are now allowed to ride on this portion of the road, as before. I guess social media does make a difference.
It’s spring time, so that means we’re about to see another group of Canadian cities take up the fight against loud pipes. This year, Trois-Rivieres is the first we’ve heard of.
According to TVA Nouvelles, Trois-Rivieres has restricted motorcycle access on its rue des Forges. Ride in the wrong area, and you’ll receive a $169 fine (bikes were already banned from the city’s tunnel). The article says police already handed out 15 tickets last week, with many motorcyclists apparently not aware of the crackdown.
Why is another city in Quebec jumping on the discrimination bandwagon? According to a city spokesperson, the idea is to reduce vehicle flow, and noise, and that downtown residents had complained about noise and were happy with the change. But since four-wheeled vehicles aren’t banned, it doesn’t seem “reducing vehicle flow” is really the whole point of the new rules. Once again, it appears loud pipes have earned motorcycles more restrictions.