Produced by NPR's Zena Barakat, with footage from the Crimanimalz.
On the show today, we heard from the Crimanimalz — a group of L.A. bike riders who've begun monthly rides on the interstates around Santa Monica. Their motto: If you rode a bike, you'd be home by now.
The Crimanimalz got their start over the fall, when they decided to create an alternative to the Critical Mass rides in Santa Monica. They tried a few kinds of pedestrian or bike theater, but nothing has caught the attention of the community — and law enforcement — like riding down the freeway. They've now ridden twice, in April with a dozen or so people and again in May with double that.
For the record, the California Highway Patrol says riding a bike on the freeway is dangerous and illegal. It comes with the risk of death and a ticket north of $100.
Bonus: Crimanimalz blog a night ride.