With news that a children’s charity ride is leaving town due to loud pipe laws, the good folks of Edmonton, Alberta are in an uproar.
Edmonton was one of the first Canadian cities to start fighting motorcycle noise, starting with a new bylaw and enforcement program in 2010. The city had trouble making some of last year’s charges stick in court, but that hasn’t deterred them from gearing up to fight noisy bikes again this year.
Now, any move like this usually produces hot-tempered debate, with people passionate about their stands on both sides of the issue. But in Edmonton, the controversy is especially fierce after news that the Jessie’s Chair-ity Motorcycle Scavenger Hunt and Poker Run, an annual biker support ride for the Stollery Children’s Hospital, is running outside the city.
Organizer Roxie Malone-Richards says the move comes after the ride saw a big drop in numbers last year – too many bikers were afraid of noise tickets, so they stayed home, she says. This year, the ride will head to nearby Gibbons, Fort Saskatchewan, and Bon Accord, instead of cruising through Edmonton itself.
The Edmonton Sun’s online news site has exploded with reader comments after this announcement. You should take a look at the online controversy – with the growing number of Canadian cities passing loud pipe laws, in a few weeks or months, you could be seeing the same story in your hometown newspaper.