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Like the bikes, not the noise

Dear Editor:Thanks, Paul Andersen, for your commentary of July 4th about the noise pollution and absence of enforcement of the laws regarding motorcycles. The whole Crystal Valley shakes as these self-centered egomaniacs rev and blast their way up this pristine place. And the lack of enforcement is clearly an aberration insofar as the environmental sensitivity of Pitkin County is concerned.Colorado state law precludes vehicle noise exceeding 86 db(A) at a distance of 50 feet and specifically provides that counties have the authority to prohibit the operation of vehicles that are not properly “equipped with a muffler in constant operation and properly maintained to prevent an increase in the noise emitted … when the muffler was originally installed … and to prohibit the operation … [thereof] with a cutoff or bypass.” (See 30-15-401, and 25-12-106-07 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.) Heck, the limit is often exceeded when the darned thing is half a mile up the road!I like the cycles and most of the people who ride them. But, this blasting racket is needless and offensive. It’s kind of like shouting and yelling in a restaurant. It’s very bad manners that tend to reflect on all the good folks who are enjoying the freedom and joy of breezing along the highway.I wonder if we are just afraid of offending tourists. How about a small fine and impoundment for a couple of days? And maybe a sign warning them? Or is that environmentally offensive?Peter MartinRedstone