Law studied to muffle motorcycles |

Law studied to muffle motorcycles

Allen Best/Special to the Daily

CRESTED BUTTE – For some peace and quiet, don’t go to Pioneer Guest Cabins, a business located near Crested Butte. The motorcycles are just to darned loud.

So many motorcyclists without mufflers – or damaged mufflers – are now using the road where the business is located, Cement Creek, that even guests of 30 years are not returning. Other residents are staying, but complaining.

How loud is loud? Audiologist Ellen Houghton says sounds emitted by motorcycles generally measure between 85 and 110 decibels. Any noise more than 100 decibels can damage human ears – damage that can’t be repaired. The ears of motorcyclists are generally not damaged while riding because helmets block more than half the noise of their engines.

Residents credit a group of local trail riders with riding trails quietly and responsibly, but say the problem is bad enough to provoke a noise ordinance, reports the Crested Butte News (Sept. 12).

“No one is saying we don’t want them (motorcyclists) here,” said Sandy Shea, public lands director for the High Country Citizens’ Alliance. “We want them here on reasonable terms.”

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

County officials are empowered in Colorado to adopt two different kinds of noise ordinances, one that limits the noise generated by vehicles and another that requires properly working mufflers on vehicles. If the experience of many towns and cities is useful, such laws are only as valuable as the enforcement.

Tourism vs. lifestyle in Park City

PARK CITY, Utah – Tourism vs. “lifestyle” is likely to be one of the broad themes in Park City’s coming council elections, says The Park Record.

The newspaper says that as Park City gained a much larger permanent population during the 1990s, many of these new residents concluded that they didn’t want to put up with the aggravations of tourism, even if it remains the city’s most important business and also the major source of tax revenues.

Park City is not the first resort town to note that trend. Almost as long as there have been tourist towns, the locals have resented the tourists. But what is new in recent years has been the arrival of large numbers of people with money to live in the ski towns and valleys.

Aspen was probaby first to display this trend, but something very similar is going on in Vail. There, the town’s considerable parking problem is not caused by destination skiers, not even by the Front Range day skiers, but mostly by the locals, few of whom use public buses.

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