Motorcycle noise is a personal nemesis. It’s particularly discomforting when (obviously insecure) riders rev their engines at stop lights on smaller streets. City buildings are built one on top of the other, with few gaps on a typical street. The buildings are hard surfaces off of which the noxious motorcycle noise rebounds, making narrower streets into a hellish echo chamber. And to what end? Unless someone can suggest otherwise, it appears this assault on city denizens exists solely because some motorcycle riders enjoy the noise and either refuse to consider the impact on others or get some pleasure out of imposing it them.
Apparently ordinances exist to limit this abusive behavior, but the San Diego residents in the linked article went to their city council to come up with solutions to the problem. Council wisely has requested that the Sheriff’s Department “help enforce noise ordinances while they try to work out a solution to the issue.” We will be watching to see how San Diego deals with this problem.