Friday, May 9th, 2008
At 5:30pm starting in Santa Monica, 28 bicyclists took surface streets to the 1-10 Fwy at Bundy
and rode 0.44 miles to the I-405 N on-ramp and rode another 1.56 miles to the Santa Monica
Blvd. exit. The ramp to the I-405 N was a steep grade and 0.65 miles in length. Riders spanned
a total of 2.0 freeway miles.
The group of riders also hung a 20'x6' banner on the 17th street overpass overlooking the
eastbound I-10 Freeway in Santa Monica that read RIDE A BIKE YOU'D BE HOME BY NOW.
The sign remained in place for over 48 hours.
While the ride's political stance and agenda was neutral, many participants invoked the group's
collective motto: "If you rode a bicycle, you'd be home by now!" -- a statement against oil
dependency, in support of sustainable living and a collective critique of the Los Angeles
transportation infrastructure. The riders are pointing out that in a city like Los Angeles
made for cars, bicycle riders are reaching their destinations faster.
Long Term Goals
Members of the CRIMANIMALZ are looking for city officials to make bicycle safety a priority,
not only through the creation of safe and easy places to ride, but also as a means of
transportation on the city' increasingly busy thoroughfares. With rising gas prices
and a government encouraging sustainable practices, more people are expected to turn
to bikes as an alternative means of transportation.
Funderstorm - "Why Didja Duh Eeet"
CRIMANIMALZ - The Freeway Ride I
Vimeo Channel (Videos)
FLICKR Pool (Photographs)
IBIKEU Wiki (History)
To view California Highway Patrol Reaction to the Freeway Traffic Jam Ride