Edmonton Police Measure Motorcycle Noise Ahead Of Summer

In the heat of the summer sees a rampage of motorcyclists roaming in the streets of Edmonton. To civilians this causes an everyday distraction to businesses and local shops around the area. Edmonton Police Service in collaboration with NAIT Souch Campus did an inspection on motorcyclists on the sound meter to see if it meets the by law requirements. According to Municipal Noise Bylaw, “Most motorcycles on the road can’t exceed 96 decibels, which is comparable to the volume of a Boeing 737 jet right before it lands” (Zoledziowski, Anya CBC News) Essentially the by-law applies to other things not just motorcycles, but loud cars, loud exhausts, and loud bass. Some riders worry about the by-law.

In the past, motorcyclists get a bad rep because of the rev-bomb and make a lot of noise. Police officers examine the sound meter from the motorbike exhaust to see if the bikes met the by-law requirements. Sgt Rohitas Chandra indicated that every single motorcycle should get check in order to prevent future ticketing. Also, McCaig an Albertan resident veteran of cycling said as long as people obliged to the Municipal Noise Bylaw it wouldn’t cause any trouble to the surrounding homes.

To experienced motorcyclists, it is an alarming wake up call. It saves motorcyclists from getting into accidents. Jason McCann who’ve been riding motorcycles over a decade heard the sound of his bike exhaust save his life more than once. McCann found himself merging into the middle lane of Gateway Boulevard two lanes away it wasn’t until one the car driver heard motorcycle that helped him slow down for McCann switch lanes. This quite happens on often on busy roads such as highways when cyclists are trying to get to their destination. To McCann perspective it is not just a motorcycle issue but applies to every vehicle.

If it is too quiet down the road it would increase the amount of collisions between motorcyclists and cars combine. In reducing noises in noise in residential areas or sitting in traffic the sound of the muffler should not use at those times.

Christine Le

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