Who can stand the racket anymore?
I could handle the plane noise from Hanscom and even the distant noise from Routes 3 and 95. But now we have a whole other player in town that is driving me to want to leave.
It’s the high-velocity blowers that many landscapers are now using. It looks like a big fan and it’s a new type of landscaping equipment that has no decibel or emissions rating. It sounds like a jet engine and can be heard all over town almost every day.
I moved into my home because it’s a quiet suburban neighborhood but now I feel like I live in an industrial zone. I am sad at the thought I might have to move. My family has lived here since 1980. My parents lived here, my kids grew up here, I want to grow old here, but I cannot stand the almost daily noise anymore.
The insanity is that we know that leaving the leaves is the best thing for the plants, the permaculture, our health, and the atmosphere.
There is very affordable and long-lasting battery-operated equipment that is way less noisy and polluting. So why are we allowing the noise bullies to profit at the expense of our well being?
Who’s with me to try and stop the insanity?
Other towns in Massachusetts continue to fight the fight. And we will eventually win, even though the leaf blower industry employs a full-time lobbyist who travels the country attempting to quiet anti-blower legislative activity.
Other towns have enacted year-round bans, gas-powered bans, or hourly restrictions on leaf blowers.
Join me to hatch a plan and start the ball rolling in Bedford.