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Main Title An evaluation of strategies to control noise from minibikes /
Author Larson, Stephen D. ; Dickman, Donna McCord
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Dickman, Donna McCord
CORP Author Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DC.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Noise Abatement and Control.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Noise Abatement and Control,
Year Published 1981
Report Number EPA 550/9-82-408; EPA-68-01-3952
Stock Number PB82-193277
Subjects Minibikes--Noise--Law and legislation--Maryland--Montgomery County
Additional Subjects Motorcycles ; Noise reduction ; Law(Jurisprudence) ; Law enforcement ; Noise pollution ; Suburban areas ; Recreational facilities ; Public opinion ; Maryland ; Minibikes ; Mopeds ; Montgomery County(Maryland)
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB82-193277 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 70 pages in various pagings ; 28 cm
This report covers a series of potential control strategies for minibike noise which can be used in a metropolitan jurisdiction. Other jurisdictions would gain insight into their minibike noise problems from reading this report. These potential strategies include: a curfew alternative; a specific use area; prohibited use on public land except recreational areas and on private lands with permission of the owner; and an exploration of the possibility of a registration/licensing fee. The study was made in Montgomery County, Maryland, which is a large and wealthy suburban area that is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Exploration of the curfew alternative indicates that it is not a particularly effective strategy in controlling minibike noise; parental curfews prevail as minibiker are frequently early teenagers. Other proposed control methods are similarly explored. The authors feel that the combination of strategies explored have resulted in a noise reduction for minibikes in the country. The reduction in minibike noise complaints would, undoubtedly, be greater if the specific use area strategy had been implemented in Montgomery County. Other jurisdictions are strongly encouraged to implement this strategy. The highlight of this study was a minibike rodeo to educate owner-operators on the operation of minibikes.
Performing organization: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Microfiche.