More on Last Week’s I-10 Highway Ride

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LAist has a treat for anyone who can’t get enough of Crimanimals and their freeway bike rides.  Zach Behren’s has posted some pictures from last Friday’s rush hour ride.  Anyone who doesn’t know what I’m talking about, IbikeU has a full description.

 The Banner Drop

A 20’x6′ foot banner reading "RIDE A BIKE, YOU’D BE HOME BY NOW" was painted by Cantarero and Strauss (See video). It was outfitted with carabiners at the top, to attach to the top of the fence on the freeway overpass. The bottom of the banner was weighted down with a padlock on opposite ends through the grommets. At 4:30pm in Santa Monica, an hour before the ride, four Crimanimalz assembled at the corner of 17th and Olympic to prepare the banner for flight. The sign was clipped to the top of the fence on the west side of the 17th Street overpass (above I-10) at 4:45pm so that eastbound traffic could read. Despite windy conditions the padlocks at the on the bottom corners proved ample weight and the sign rested snugly against the fence.

The original plan was to have riders board about one mile west of the sign at Lincoln Blvd. so that they could ride under it while motorists could connect the message on the sign to the riders on the freeway. Unfortunately, traffic was moving too fast to board on Lincoln and agreed that the spirit of the sign would endure as motorists who had passed the sign, would still encounter bicyclists and traffic and associate the two. 

Photo: Alex Thompson/LAist 

  • The Freeway Ride article on ibikeu is in danger of being viewed more often than the Main Page – the landing page for the site!!!! CRAZY! This thing was on the front page of Digg for a while.

  • One piece missing from the “… just wanted to raise questions about the transportation infrastructure. In a city ruled by cars, why is it that you can get places faster on bikes?” question.

    It takes a lot less space, money, and resources to move people via bicycle (or rollerblade) than it does by car.

    You guys should use your video footage to visually compare how much space each Crimanimal took up relative to a person in a car. The whole ride, if it were in individual cars, would have totally blocked the freeway. These guys didn’t impede traffic (in this instance) even though they were on the “slower” mode.

    SPACE, TIME, and MONEY -> all saved by allowing people to move themselves using a bike.

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