Rough ride for Saskatoon's proposed noise bylaw

A proposed noise bylaw got a a lot of backlash from motorcyclists at Saskatoon city council on Monday night.
Motorcycles with modified exhaust systems may be ticketed under a new noise bylaw being drafted in Saskatoon. (CBC)
A proposed noise bylaw got a rough ride at Saskatoon city council on Monday night.

A large group of motorcyclists showed up to city hall to protest against the law, which it said discriminates against them.

They say the current rules are strict enough. At least one city councillor, Ward 2 councillor Pat Lorje, agreed with them.

"I have — since the March 17 meeting — received many more complaints from citizens who are concerned about excessively noisy house parties, rather than the intermittent noise that may come from a group of motorcycle riders," Lorje said.

City administration is still working on writing a new bylaw. 

In the case of motorcycles, police would be armed with decibel metres.  

The plan could be ready for the next city council meeting.

How loud is too loud?

Here is a decibel chart of some things you may hear in Saskatoon on a daily basis: