Blessing of Bikes 2012 draws cyclists from near and far

The annual Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, now in its ninth year, is a popular event during Bike Week L.A. Group photo includes Good Samaritan Hospital CEO Andy Leeka, center, in bicycle shirt, and L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge, far left. Photos: Dave Sotero
The annual Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, now in its ninth year, is a popular event during Bike Week L.A. Group photo includes Good Samaritan Hospital CEO Andy Leeka, center, in bicycle shirt, and L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge, far left. Photos: Dave Sotero
Car-free cyclist Nate Baird, an LADOT bike program planner, wears his blessings at Good Samaritan Hospital bike week event.

Car-free cyclist Nate Baird, an LADOT bike program planner, wears his blessings at Good Samaritan Hospital bike week event.

Avid cyclist Andy Leeka, CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital, rides to his job in downtown Los Angeles most days of the week. He was there on cue to welcome scores of cyclists this morning arriving en masse for an interfaith blessing, breakfast and a bike check.

The interfaith ceremony bestowed blessings from a Catholic priest, an Episcopalian priest, an Iman, a rabbi, and a Buddhist monk on groups of bicycle clubs and cyclists from nearby and as far way as Ventura and the Channel Islands.

6 replies

  1. Why is a religous activity being supported / touted by a tax payer funded public institution?

  2. Which faith leader is that wearing the robe that has a DNA double helix as decoration around its border? A previous year’s photo in Downtown News of the Blessing of the Bicycles also included that robe without identifying the wearer. Which religion honors DNA?

  3. Bike Week is a great event it promotes a healthy lifestyle and Metro is doing a great job with funding bike lane projects. Keep up the good work Metro.