Letters to the Editor

Silence of the motorbikes

Speaking of election issues in Qualicum Beach, how about one pertaining to quality of life?

How about we do something about the barely mufflered motorcycles that at all hours rocket back and forth on the Rupert ring road between Memorial Drive down to the Old Island Highway?

A good many, not all, of the riders seem to revel in the length of and amount of earsplitting decibels they can create on this short journey bypassing our town. It seems much too late but a sound attenuation barrier could have been part of the planning and construction of this “so essential” speedway. A little foresight?

Qualicum Beach is a beautiful town with many wonderful natural amenities we are all proud of. The sound landscape and its increasingly loud and unnatural effects needs some serious attention. This high decibel traffic will surely only increase and perhaps unnecessary for such a small village?

A lot of the town’s and council’s energies appear to be spent on the noise of who is or who is not supportive of development and its many hues and colours, but as a taxpayer who is or who will become lucky enough to get their properties included or rezoned is of little relevance if you can’t sit in your back yard and have a normal conversation or hear a natural sound like a bird call.

When we develop, increase traffic, put a road or a new subdivision in, let’s consider all aspects, including the unwelcome noise this will bring to our town.

Patrick Barnes

Qualicum Beach

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