Time to pipe down, jerks on motorbikes

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Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert has written B.C. Attorney General Suzanne Anton requesting she do something about those annoying loud motorcycles.

That noise you hear is not the sound of a 2014 Harley Street Bob with modified pipes bullying its way down the street, it’s the sound of The Province editorial board giving the NDP MLA a thundering ovation.

In his comments to reporter Susan Lazaruk, Herbert says his letter to Anton was directed at “the couple of jerks who think that noise is power and they’re going to lord it over the rest of us. That’s rude, arrogant and disrespectful of a community.”

Frankly, we think it’s more than a couple of jerks. Stand at any busy intersection in this city this sunny weekend and it’s a good bet one of these narcissists will rumble past. They are a menace, and we strongly urge Anton to do anything in her power to put an end to this problem.

Here are some points around this issue:

1. The stock Harley is not the problem. It’s the installation of aftermarket exhausts that creates the problem.

2. While the loud bikes simply annoy most people, they terrorize seniors, children and pets. That’s right, seniors, children and pets.

3. For every flimsy argument that “loud pipes save lives,” there are factual ones to suggest they don’t.

The city of Vancouver is a densely populated community. Given the agenda of our municipal government, it will only grow more dense in the coming years. Therefore, the need to get along and be respectful of each other will become increasingly more important if we are to live in acceptable harmony.

Loud motorcycles make this impossible, and the problem is only going to get worse.

Editorials are unsigned opinion pieces that represent the views of The Province editorial board, a group of senior editors.

The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at gclark@theprovince.com. Letters to the editor can be sent to provletters@theprovince.com.