It’s the height of the summer and that means the bikers are back in the North End, especially on Hanover Street where they park and hang out. Resident and Carmelina’s restaurant owner, Damien DiPaola, sends in these photos citing the motorcycles took at least four residential parking spots on Saturday night, revved up noise and created a cloud of exhaust fumes in and around the nearby apartments and businesses.
In 2009, City Councilor Sal LaMattina proposed a Motorcycle Noise Ordinance that was passed by the City Council and signed by Mayor Menino. The ordinance called for an EPA stamp on approved motorcycle mufflers operating in Boston. The Councilor has also spoken about prohibiting bikers from some Boston streets, such as Hanover Street.
In response, Bikers of America suggested that bikers target Hanover Street restaurants. To blunt the tension between North Enders and the bikers, Boston Police introduced a voluntary “Pipe Down Please” campaign. Four years later, the mufflers may be in effect, but the tension continues on Hanover Street.