Watch the motorcycle marriage proposal that shut down a Los Angeles freeway

Cyclists in Los Angeles effectively closed the 10 freeway in West Covina for about ten minutes on Sunday, as one of them proposed to his girlfriend in a cloud of pink smoke. Apparently, she loved it. The California Highway Patrol did not. The biker club members face possible citations including impeding or blocking traffic. LA Times has more. Looks like it was these guys, and the lovebirds have been identified by multiple local news outlets as Hector Martinez and Paige Hernandez.


    1. Getting between octogenarian drivers in huge cars and their destination in Palm Springs – what could go wrong?

      1. It must be easy to be glib about commutes when your job doesn’t even require that you put on pants in the morning.

          1. I commute two blocks for my current job.  I did have a job once that was literally a walk across the road, but that went sour when one of the supervisors decided to start knocking on my door to ask if I could come to work.

    2. I’m not sure whether grimc’s “Idiots” comment is referring to stopping traffic or just marriage in general.  I guess a cynical case could be made for both

    1. The romantic in me says “awwww.” The former 10-Freeway commuter in me says “death is too good for them.”

  1. I like romantic gestures, but the more novelty someone needs in their engagement, the shorter I assume the marriage itself will last when the other novelties wear off.

    1.  I spent all of two days proposing to my wife, starting with Feb. 13th when I talked about Valentines Day as a stupid, made up holiday (it was our first) and mocked a guy buying stuff in a store.  At midnight I woke my wife with flowers and balloons, woke her in the morning with more balloons and stuffed animals, had a special breakfast for her, left a four foot card in her driver’s seat, had balloons, teddy bears, candy and other stuff sent to her work about 15 times, then took her for dinner. She thought I was just going overboard for Valentines Day (her co-worker even called me concerned I was raising the bar too high), and we went to our favorite restaurant for dinner where I gave her my late mother’s engagement ring at desert.

      Married 12 years, really happy, looking forward to 60 more or so.

        1. My proposal ended up being an attention-drawing spectacle that ended up getting televised as part of a bit about Venice Beach on the Travel Channel, but I didn’t plan it that way. Where does that fit?

  2. There are worse things than love. I have about an hour commute both ways. I wouldn’t mind being “inconvenienced” for a couple of minutes for that.

    No need for copycat proposals, though. I GOTSTA GET PAIDED!

      1.  You think an ambulance driver is dumb enough to sit in traffic. You know they have lights, sirens, and a shoulder to use right?

        1. Right, getting through the huge crowd of bikers while making sure not to hit anyone won’t slow down the trip to the hospital at all. And there’s never a problem with a delay of a minute or two while someone is having a stroke and their brain tissue is slowly dying, right? Shouldering through rush-hour traffic- not preventable. Shouldering through celebrating bikers that look like they just let off a cloud of noxious chemicals onto the freeway- preventable. 

          1.  OMG dude. It was a smoke bomb that lasted all of 15 seconds. YES any ambulance driver worth his paycheck would have been delayed about 10 seconds because of all this. You’re like my mom’s mother when we were a kid- we called her a “worry wart”.  Do you get this worked up when a hypothetical stroke victim in a hypothetical ambulance gets delayed when someone hits someone else’s bumper because he was looking at his phone while driving?

          2. With all due respect Antinous sir, why do you think that?  I keep getting email notices when others respond to me that I seem to answer right away. Is that being perceived as “worked up” or something?   A marriage proposal on the freeway is hardly something to be worked up about, as others here seem to be. I was trying to de-work people up. I must be failing at this somehow. RE: XKCD How did you get a camera in my bedroom??

          3. Actually, I get worked up about hypothetical stroke victims all the time, but it’s my job so it’s okay.

        1. And bicycles technically have motors (biologically powered), so they could be called motorcycles.  But they’re not.

          1. Well they are now. I’m doing it tomorrow.
            I think the word is actually   ‘Cyclists, the apostrophe standing in for motor.

        2.  Actually the technical term for these is “crotch rockets”, especially when there’s a lady riding on the back with her gross thong showing………

    1.  Thank you, can we please not call jag-bags on “extreme” crotch rocket (motorcycles), cyclists?

    1. You’re right- but at the time you would think it was an accident. If someone ran up to your window and said “Hey 300 motorcycles just stopped the freeway and dropped a love bomb!”  you would probably feel better about it. I know I would, and I’m cranky,

        1. No, but if you missed a job interview because of a 2 minute delay on the way- you probably aren’t qualified.

          1.  I do, often times in LA, often times on the 10. Your point?   The front car was stopped for almost 3 minutes. After that, traffic would start moving. Probably the smallest delay in traffic the 10 gets all week.  Yes there was a delay. Yes cars will move under 55 for 10 minutes.  Yes this happens all the time for worse reasons. And yes once again I know LA traffic. Do you?

  3. When I was a lad, outlaw motorcycle gangs were fearsome, not slightly inconvenient. Don’t these guys have rivals to blow away and meth amphetamine to manufacture? Kids these days.

      1. Exactly. This horde could’ve performed their ceremony anywhere, but they chose to do it in a way that inconvenienced the most  people possible. And the “burning rubber” rituals– what was that? (Why didn’t they just whip out their evidently small genitalia and start marking territory outright?)

    1. Life is not about inconveniencing tens of thousands of people for your own personal pleasure.  Stoppages on a freeway compound as they move back through the flow of traffic, so a ten minute “pause” may take an hour or more before things are restored to normal.

      Let’s try an intellectual exercise:  Would you support someone if they reached over, hit the stop button in a crowded elevator and refused to turn it back on for ten minutes while they spoke to someone about something they considered important but which did not affect you at all?  Think you’d be happy?  Or would you be on your cell to the cops?

      You (or anyone) have no right to commandeer the time of other people against their will for your own purposes.  No right whatsoever no matter how “noble” your own purpose seems to you.

      1. Would you support someone if they reached over, hit the stop button in a crowded elevator and refused to turn it back on for ten minutes while they spoke to someone about something they considered important but which did not affect you at all?

        Pretty sure that if you did it in NYC, there’d be a reenactment of the elevator shot from The Shining.

  4. Hey guys, remember Imperial Stars, those douches that shut down an L.A. freeway to play a concert while traffic backed up for miles?  Guess what their sentence was? Guess before you click on the link:

    1. Bah!  you beat me to it! :) Gonna deduct points for missing the obvious wedding band suggestion.

       Did you ever see the totally awesome video they made afterward?  Its not douchy at all.

      What’s lame is they did that whole stunt and then they didn’t use the footage (no doubt part of their plea to stay out of jail).

  5. Two minutes and 47 seconds and traffic was released.  The 10 stops 800 times a day for longer than that. I’m OK with this. Just this time though. No copycats. No crappy bands stopping freeways for crappier music videos. 

      1. People feed their children on the freeways? No one is going to starve in 2:47 minutes, I promise.  As for getting to the hospital, yes- a valid concern. I would say if you need to go real fast, you call an ambulance, which rides on shoulders and makes people get out of the way. If you’re on the way in your personal car then like I said above, the 10 stops 800 times a day for other crappy reasons like some idiot texting and driving and smashing into the guy ahead of him. I don’t think people take the freeway to get to the hospital in LA, they take Fountain or La Cienega (not anymore!).

        1. Feed their children means do their jobs, earn money. The whole point is to get from A to B. Thats what roads are for. But you don’t like bands doing it. Why is your opinion about the participants relevant?

          1.  If you live in LA, you automatically build an hour or two into your “I gotta get there time”.  Two minutes eating into that hour is just another traffic burp.
            No,  I don’t think any band has the talent worthy enough of this except maybe someone like Led Zeppelin or someone- but this one time, for one person’s original-ish idea of an expression of love, this ONE time?  Yeah I’m ok with it. Maybe I’m just being romantic tonight… Don’t ruin it.

          2. As someone who’s lived in LA this is not as much of an inconvenience as some of you might think. Maybe in cities where there are open roads with little to no non rush hour traffic  it would seem pretty ballsy. I have been trapped in traffic jams at 2AM because of some drunk asshole or poorly timed roadwork, i.e. closing down 3 lanes of a freeway at 1AM to repaint some fucking lines on a Friday night in summer, with a concert and a sporting event happening at the same time . flickerKuu’s original point was that anyone who is “feeding their children” in Los Angeles and drives is prepared for all of this. No one needs to be upset on someone else’s behalf about LA traffic… if only the City of Los Angeles cared as much…

        2. What if the people behind them are on their way to make a romantic proposal to their fiance that doesn’t involve smoke bombs? 

      2. The specific mention of (potentially starving) children gets the highest possible single concern-troll point value, and the mention of hospital trips cleverly encapsulates emergency workers, seniors and pregnant women for a triple score.  However, you missed widows, orphans, law enforcement, and oppressed or starving people in the third world pining for the blessings of democracy, so you get only 70 out of a possible 110 crocodile tears.  Still, that’s an incredibly high concern-troll score for a mere 15 words; well played!

        1. Cause stating the obvious, that people need to drive to work so that they can work to buy food and pay rent is douchy concern trolling but shutting down a freeway to show everyone what a beautiful and unique snowflake you are is totally badass and not trolling in any way.

          1.  I guess you missed the whole part where we showed it didn’t really effect anyone… Love. Check it out. It’s worth doing stupid shit for sometimes…

          2. Yes, all those other people in cars with their silly lives who are not presently having a marriage proposal are just are haters and do not know the true meaning of love.  How could I have been so blind.

          3. Dude- again? Please see my response to your “whatever” response above. Starving children? Okay, not an issue. Ambulances stopped by an orchestrated marriage proposal? ISSUE. Minutes   count and I’ve seen them make the difference between life and death. You can’t do much about regular traffic, but you can propose in a parking lot.

          4.  Veloctrapt42-  what world to you live in where freeways dont have shoulders, and ambulances don’t have lights and sirens.  Half those bikes didn’t even stop, they were to ready to jam out of there at the first sign of cops. I guarantee an emergency vehicle would have sailed by in about 3 seconds.

          5.  You can characterize these things as you like.  I was just adding up the score, which was very impressive for such a short post.  Most people have to rant about imaginary victims for several paragraphs to get that many points!

    1. No, it was ten minutes. It was obviously ten minutes. Never mind that we have a 3-minute video proving it wasn’t ten minutes.

      Still: assholes. You don’t fuck with traffic.

    2.  Faster than the traditional motorcycle-death freeway shutdown.  But with possibly the same outcome.

  6. Reminds me why I hate mobs.

    “There is no there, there.” seems like the antithesis of a place to commemorate anything.

    1.  That’s your opinion. I’m guessing a motorcycle gang is a little closer to the freeway than you are.

  7. I hope everybody who got all twisted up over the 2:47 that these motorcyclists took out of some people’s commutes realize that they just voluntarily took the same amount of time out of their own day to watch the same thing.

    If I were inconvenienced for 2:47, I sure would prefer it to be over two people in love rather than all the other crap that commuters just seem to take for granted.

    1. It’s more deliberately stopping traffic, when they could have proposed anywhere.  Someone who had an accident or who’s car broke down is having a worse day then me, so I think more kindly than someone deliberately inconveniencing hundreds.  As mentioned above, a small glitch like this causes hangups for a half hour, and also may result in small fender benders from the unexpected stops. 

      1. Exactly! The jerkiness is all about deliberately stopping traffic for people who 1) neither know nor care who these people are, 2) have no way of knowing exactly how long their plans are going to be held up for some asshole’s precious memories and 3) still have to contend with all the normal hiccups that traffic entails because this romantic gesture didn’t magically cure all other traffic woes that day. 

    2. Anyone who is remotely familiar with that freeway (or busy freeways in general) knows that a small interruption in traffic has a huge multiplier effect. Just because the road itself was only completely blocked for 2:47 doesn’t mean that everyone on that freeway was delayed by less than three minutes. Besides, maybe one of those vehicles being held up was an ambulance on the way to a hospital or something equally urgent.

      I don’t think this was meant as a malicious act, but in the very least it wasn’t very well thought through.

  8. From time to time in Puget Sound, a ferry boat will pause in its trip so that someone can scatter ashes on the water as part of a funeral. That one never bothered me much, because everyone was in the same vehicle, and the gesture had some poetry to it. I’m sure there were other passengers on those trips who would disagree.

    For these cyclists, the road probably has that much poetry to it as well. All I can think of, though, is that I’l be glad when car culture is a fading memory. It’s a whole lot of carbon footprint for very little benefit.

    1. But the ash-scatterers clearly must have gotten the permission and assistance of the boat’s captain in order to do what they did.  They didn’t take over the boat or somehow physically block it from moving, right?  That is an ENTIRELY different thing than just blocking a highway to create their public spectacle.

      1. Right. So to with the annoyance of hundreds of drivers waiting at the drawbridge so one rich person with a tall boat can go through. They have got to go through the proper channels to lift that bridge, and the traffic holdup is taken into account when giving that permission.

         It’s that sense of entitlement that the motorcyclists must feel in order to convince themselves that this is a good idea- that’s what has me gobsmacked. I’d love to see each one cited individually.

  9. For the people up front this was probably, at the very least, a good spectacle to talk about at the water cooler. Also, I wonder if anyone called 9-1-1. If I saw that many motorcycles suddenly stop on the road, I might think that that one of them beefed it. Then again, the pink smoke would through me for a loop.

  10. Not that it’s being done to please me but I give it thumbs up for originality.  Romance for the romantics, and what better reason to stop traffic?  Best wishes to the happy couple for a long and joyous marriage.

  11. I hope they lose their licenses, lose their motorcycles and spend hundreds of hours picking up trash alongside the 10 freeway. 

    That said, I also hope they have a long, happy marriage.  I just hope that marriage starts with a lesson in respecting the people around them.

  12. i ride.   sport bikes, dirt bikes, harleys, and a sidecar outfit.   I’ve raced, i’ve been a hooligan stunter for a bit  (i sucked at it)     

    it was a stupid plan, and every single car that KNEW what happened?  will be pissed off at ME the next time I am lane sharing trying to get out of the way and to work, without being 1 more car in front of YOU.

    all said?   burnout with pink tires?   proposal?    ok,   every car driver thinks you are a dick,   most riders think you are an attention whore.

    I just hope she said yes, and you got a BJ out of it.

  13. How did we arrive at a time when anyone thinks it is in any way useful, appropriate, or valid to commandeer anyone else’s attention for a private, non-newsworthy event? Where did this level of arrogance and self-absorption come from? Why do some people feel so compelled to seek their fifteen minutes of fame that they will put their personal matters in the public eye, whether disruptive or not? For far too many of us, perspective is out of whack, civility is scorned, and consideration has been thrown right out of the window. I am heartened, however, by the fact that the vast majority of people who have posted on this topic both understand these points and clearly agree with them. Thanks, all, for the thoughtful and witty comments.

  14. I thought it was a pretty neat romantic way to propose. Albeit not so great for the hurried motorists, but come on now, can we slow down from our hurrid frantic pace of life and tip our hats to this couple for a very creative way to propose. Good for them. It was only ten minutes and the memory will last a lifetime for the couple and those involved. 

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