Town by town, province by province, politicians across the country are lining up to fight motorcycle noise. Now, a councillor from London, Ontario is looking to jump on the coast-to-coast crackdown bandwagon.
The London Free Press tells us that councillor Judy Bryant’s constituents have been asking her to do something about loud motorcycles. She’s responsible for the city’s downtown area, where loud pipes typically are the most noticeable.
The Free Press says she’s asked her staff to look at the problem and review the existing noise bylaw to see what can be done – and the local Harley Owners Group isn’t too happy. While Wade Fraser, London’s HOG assistant director, admits open-piped bikes can be obnoxious, he’s worried a crackdown would unfairly penalize all motorcycles – and of course, he says that loud pipes save lives.
London isn’t the first Ontario municipality to look for ways to battle bike noise. The town of Caledon addressed the problem last fall with a bylaw restricting motorcycle decibel levels.