Cyclist longs for day leaf blowers banned
I’m disappointed that the Los Altos Hills City Council decided against banning gas-powered leaf blowers, especially given the current data regarding the extreme noise levels and health risks associated with these blowers (“LAH council throttles proposed leaf-blower ban,” Jan. 31).
According to the article, the noise emitted by the “two-stroke” machines is 100,000 times louder than Los Altos Hills’ 50-decibel exterior noise-level standard. In addition, gas-powered leaf blowers are linked to cardiovascular disease and lung cancer due to their stirring up of particulate matter. Furthermore, their carbon dioxide-emitting engines contribute to climate change, which also can have serious health consequences for humans.