Petition to Drastically Reduce Motorcycle Noise Pollution in the City of Lincoln, Nebraska
Please join me in signing a petition to address the issue of the fast-growing number of extremely loud motorcycles in our city of Lincoln, Nebraska. It's not just your imagination; there is a huge Harley Davidson dealership in west Lincoln that is selling new bikes everyday, and a very high percentage of them will have their factory-installed exhaust systems either modified by their owner to be made much louder, or they will be replaced with an illegal aftermarket exhaust system meant for off-road, or competition use only, again one that will be much louder than the original.
According to an article on the web site, noiseoff.org: "Motorcycles are an enjoyable and purposeful machine when operated properly. In the United States, motorcycles are built to federally mandated noise control standards. The reason why some motorcycles are loud is because riders modify the exhaust system or install an aftermarket exhaust system that is not street legal."
The article continues: "A roaring exhaust system can be heard and felt over a wide distance, rattle windows and travel through walls. Millions of people are adversely affected by motorcycle noise."
There is a solution for us; it's called the EPA "Label Match Program." Please use the following links to find out much more about this serious issue: http://www.noiseoff.org/motorcycles.php & http://www.noiseoff.org/pipes/.
The motorcycle noise ordinance for the city of Lincoln is very clear about the decibel level limits. Please see the following link to view that information, more specifically, section 8.24.100: http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/attorn/lmc/ti08/ch824.pdf.