Motorcycle noise continues to be a hot topic for some residents of Saint John, N.B.
Earlier this year we told you that Saint John police wanted to address the vehicle noise issue this summer, perhaps by bringing in an anti-noise bylaw similar to Bathurst’s. Of course, many of the city’s motorcyclists were unhappy with this, since they feel Bathurst’s law discriminates against bikers.
But even though city council hasn’t addressed the issue with a bylaw yet, the concerned citizens behind the Noise Free Saint John Facebook group haven’t given up. They’ve started an online petition to fight noise, and recently spent a day with a noise meter in the city core, handing out “courtesy tickets” to people whose vehicles failed their meter test.
Bikers angered by this move turned around and hosted their own rally in the city’s core. The Noise Freedom Saint John rally ran the last weekend in July.
What lies ahead for the city? It’d be hard to imagine a future without some sort of noise bylaw for Saint John, but it sure looks as if the city’s bikers won’t take it lying down. It could get interesting, so stay tuned.