Motorcycle Noise in Aspen Colorado

As the City of Denver made news in the motorcycle circles across the country about its tough stance against motorcycle noise, the City of As...

As the City of Denver made news in the motorcycle circles across the country about its tough stance against motorcycle noise, the City of Aspen has apparently jumped on the biker-lynching bandwagon.

The Aspen Daily News, today, decided to publish an article to push the issue into the minds of its readers, in what appears to me as an attempt to make some noise of its own.

Read the full article here...
http://www.aspendailynews.com/article_21821

Curtis Wackerle, one of the newspaper's reporters, decided to get himself a decibel meter and walk around town measuring the noise levels.

He had hoped to find what he called, "motorcycle gangs riding Harleys", but couldn't find any. Instead he found a guy riding a BMW, which topped out at 85 decibels. The city's maximum for motorcycles is 82 decibels at under 35mph, or 86 decibels moving 35mph or faster.

Wackerle went to describe that the City of Aspen recently launched a campaign called, "Operation Quiet Aspen", which was inspired by a resident named Susan O'Neill, who petitioned the city to lower its noise limits to 70 decibels. Shortly afterwards, they outfitted all of their police vehicles with decibel meters, and have now launched an initiative to "educate the public".

Part of the irony of all this is that Colorado is still one of the few states that has no helmet requirements period, either for adults or minors. It has long been considered to be a motorcycle-friendly state. Yet, it seems now that being motorcycle-friendly is the last thing they want to be.

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