Motorcycle Noise in a Park Environment

The Blue Ridge Parkway National Park provided an environment where sound level measurements could be made for numerous motorcycle pass-by events. Data were examined for five motorcycle categories: cruiser, sport, dual purpose, touring, and moped/scooter, in terms of broadband sound levels and on a spectral basis (one-third octave bands). Then the cruiser category was examined further since these motorcycles generated the loudest and some of the quietest measured sound levels. Initial investigations were made for the following: sound levels for groups of motorcycles, sound levels at sensitive receiver locations, and predictions of sound levels using five motorcycle categories in a special research version of the FHWA Traffic Noise Model® (TNM®).

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    National Park Service

    Natural Resource Program Center, Natural Sounds Program
    Fort Collins, CO  United States  80525

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Rochat, Judith L
  • Publication Date: 2013-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 68p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01495191
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NPS/NSNS/NRTR—2013/781, DOT-VNTSC-NPS-11-15
  • Contract Numbers: VX82/JT311, VX82/JT312
  • Created Date: Sep 20 2013 3:30PM