One thing you can do now, if on Facebook connect to below page;
also note, in many cases the police themselves are supporting vs opposing the noise. In San Francisco many police bikes are themselves illegal.
The Bay area starts many movements for change let's make this one;
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles CCALM
I live on Van Ness Ave. seriously, these motorcycle exhausts are fxxking loud and disturbing. We need to have police enforced all law against loud bikers. Police need to give out more citation and raise the fine!!!!!
I completely agree. I live just adjacent to San Tomas Expressway, San Jose. I feel like my house is on a runway. I get so distressed with this loud bike sounds. If any such law could be enforced, I would thank on behalf of my 3-year old, who has lost many nights of sleep because of this.
The solution is simple and obvious. Encourage the bikers to ride primarily through the neighborhoods where the mayor, city council and police chief live. The issue will be resolved swiftly.
Rick Holtsclaw is doing and continues to do great work on this.
Nationwide there is little success so far. As a former motorcycle dealer I am 100% against this narcissistic attention getter.
We (in the Bay area) may be better positioned to address the issue, San Francisco sees itself as a social and legislative pioneer. Often things start on the West Coast and spread throughout the world. Smoking bans in bars and restaurants for one. At the time the success of that initiative seemed impossible.
A major point, the exhaust noise magnifier is close to the ground level. Closer to the ears of children.
The noise is far over the level that will damage their hearing for life. If we are concerned that rock music will damage adolescent ears then this noise is many times louder, involuntary, and down at their level. If you worked in a factory this noise level would violate OSHA. Infants are exposed to it all the time.
Another complicating point, (Rick may back me up on this). Many cops are sympathetic to the noise, even supporting it. Worse, my estimate is the average police motorcycle in San Francisco has illegal sound from its muffler. Keep in mind (as a former dealer) this an act of commission not omission. A mechanic had to alter the police bike intentionally to make that sound. The bikes don't come that way. So step one is to get police compliance. Any way right on let'S do something.
I think at least designating certain neighborhoods where loud is protected against (somewhat like the Crime Alert Neighborhood signs) would be a start. How to facilitate it--much less actually enforce--is the question.
The noise from motorcycles with the modified exhaust system is becoming a real problem in San Francisco. Today Sunday, I have seen 4 purposely making noise on a busy intersection.
I have also counted the times I have heard the same issue today, and it's about to 30 times, just today Sunday.
After-market altered, illegal motorcycles are out of control in San Francisco. Not only do they create loud noise, set off car alarms (creating additional noise), they also heavily pollute our air. I do not want to breathe in the polluted air every time they ride by. The children in this city should not have to be woken up by these motorcycles and they should not have to deal with their growing bodies being impacted by the air pollution created buy the illegal motorcycles. The people who alter and then ride these motorcycles are selfish and are breaking the law. They should be stopped.
"Meanwhile, noise pollution is not only annoying; it can cause hearing loss, sleep deprivation, anxiety, and hypertension."
You can say that again. These loud pipes just make it harder to concentrate and focus in my house, it's hard enough without these loud pieces of crap. We should include those boomboxes on wheels - the people with the really loud music playing cars in their cars.
Let's face it, our police, just like those in San Francisco, are apathetic, lazy and uninterested in interceding on behalf of the vehicular NOISE beleaguered American Citizen. I was a patrol officer for over 31 years in the 4th largest Municipality in the United States. I KNOW for a fact that the beat officer is not too busy to enforce the vehicular noise laws, even if one or two citations a shift were issued.
Get your butts out of Starbucks and enforce the laws; after all, unregulated vehicular noise is the #1 destroyer of daily quality of life for many millions of American Citizens, especially those residing in our congested urban areas - yet our PC politicians and our apathetic police permit the LOUD biker-bullies to audibly assault our most innocent and disrupt our daily lives with their ILLEGAL noise, why?
Personally, I've filed a Federal Lawsuit over the Loud biker debacle: static.lakana.com/nxsglobal/nw...
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Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
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