The noise war has moved on to St. John’s, Newfoundland.
On the same day that Kelowna city council gave first reading to a bylaw fighting noisy motorcycles (as well as loud boats and car stereos), city council in St. John’s is also gearing up for the same fight.
During Monday night’s council meeting, the politicians said they were going to contact the provincial government and ask them to deal with the issue. Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff has actually contacted the province before about motorcycle noise, but their promises to help have gone nowhere so far.
It’s worth taking a look through the comments section on CBC’s web page; it’s the same old story as always – motorcyclists saying their loud pipes are saving their lives, and non-motorcyclists alleging the only reason for the loud exhaust is attention.
It may not be breaking news that people don’t like loud pipes, but reading the comments will show you just how pissed off people are over the issue. The last thing motorcyclists need is a rise in anti-bike sentiment – that could result in laws that hurt all riders, no matter how loud their exhausts are.