2012’s Beautiful Blessing of the Bikes

Posted on 05/15/2012

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Nun delivering remarks blessing at the 2012 Blessing of the Bicycles

This morning was the 9th annual Blessing of the Bicycles at Los Angeles’ Good Samaritan Hospital. It’s a bike-attention event I enjoy each year. Ceremonies include remarks from health care folks, a  cadre of multi-denominational  clerics, and a handful of elected officials. There’s always a great cross-section of L.A. cyclists, including ridazz from various non-profits and agencies. Plus free breakfast! Thanks Good Samaritan!

Below are some images from this morning’s Blessing of the Bicycles. More coverage at the LADOT website and Metro website.

Good Samaritan Hospital’s CEO and bike commuter/racer Andrew Leeka (right pointing) MCs the event each year

L.A. County Bicycle Coalition’s Bobby “tall bike Bobby” Gadda (on left in black shirt and telltale moustache) delivers remarks and invites cyclists to visit Bici Libre, on 6th Street across from Good Sam

Rabbi delivering remarks tying bicycling to environmental stewardship and conservation of resources. Meta photo includes Gary Leonard photographing.

Priest speaking in remembrance of bicyclists who’ve died or been injured. After the prayer cyclists lined up and he blessed each one-by-one with a sprinkle of holy water.

The ceremony concludes with a celebratory lap around the block

Golden Spoke honoree Alex Baum being interviewed by the L.A. Times. Baum is a long-time bicycling advocate pushing for L.A. City bike facilities for decades. He is a current member and former chair of the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. He has the honor of the L.A. River Bikeway Bridge over Los Feliz Boulevard being named the Alex Baum bridge.

Looking forward to the 10th Annual next year!!

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