What is the thing that most annoys you that happens on your street?
I can probably list at least 5 or 6, but I think the one that really most annoys me are people riding motorcycles with exhausts that have been specifically designed to be as loud as possible.
Why are these even allowed in cities?
Traffic can be bad, cars can play music too loud, loads may not be secured in trucks … but these are individuals’ decisions or a sad outcome of our cultural car-dependence … but I simply can’t understand why someone thinks it is OK to ride a vehicle that makes so much noise that everyone is passes, including inside buildings, will hear it.
This is not just the Harley Davidsons I’m talking about, but even the 125-250cc bikes with outsized exhausts that blast high pitch ratchet sounds.
The (mostly empty) articulated busses that drive a lot faster than allowed through our small village streets and the municipality blocking speed reducing measures, just to make sure that there is access for these empty busses.
Loud Exhausts, Hard acceleration, Horns. And Flytipping. These all dissappeard for a year when end of road was closed for bike lane construction. But my urban street is still actually more quiet than a semi rural scottish island with Farm Traffic and boy racers at night. Although everyone is in bed by 0130! Maybe “accoustic” events could be recorded if calibration of noise or data required is too difficult. We use sound dosimeters for musicians and actors at work and they are spendy!
Noise from speeding vehicles. Particularly in the evenings / at night - it’s more noticeable during warm weather when we have windows open. The sound / pitch of vehicles going past at ~twice the speed limit is noticeably higher than vehicles going past ~at or below the speed limit.
Also a fairly high number of vehicles with very sick tyres (produced a very different noise - either flat or with something large stuck in them) - including during lockdown apparently a vehicle drove along on its wheel rim, going off the marks it made on the road…