Can New Yorkers be heard above the din of vehicle noise?
There is a movement afoot to drastically reduce vehicle noise on NYC streets, that is gaining traction. The principal target of NYC noise-free activists is the iconic yellow taxi cab. With more than 42,900 licensed cab drivers operating 12,700 plus taxi cabs, the incessant honking is deafening.
Cabs transport 11% of fare-paying passengers traveling by taxi, bus, subway, car service or black car in New York City, and 25% of those traveling within Manhattan.
The NY Times reports
“The city announced last week that its Taxi of Tomorrow, the Nissan NV200 van, would be equipped with the latest in honk-reduction technology: a so-called low-annoyance horn to reduce screechiness.
In short, New York City wants to build a better beep — complete with an exterior light that turns on when a driver honks, so the police can better spot violators of oft-ignored honking laws.” [“With Taxis of Tomorrow, City Aims to Change HONK! Into Honk”]
The C.B.S. “Early Show” makes some noise on the subject of honking
Here’s one strategy for combating vehicular noise
Citizens Committee of NYC strategy for combating vehicular noise
I don’t know, it is difficult to imagine the mean streets of NYC without a cacophony of vehicle horns. If I want peace and quiet, I’ll go to a Nets game.
Do you have any thoughts on the subject? If so, please chime in. It would be music to my ears.