Blessing of the Bicycles Is Back

For decades, Angelenos have taken their pets to Olvera Street on the day before Easter for the Blessing of the Animals. But there’s another annual Downtown tradition with a similar theme — in this case, for two-wheelers. The Blessing of the Bicycles, hosted and organized by Good Samaritan Hospital in City West and in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, returns on Tuesday, May 14.

The event starts at 8 a.m. at the hospital at 616 Witmer St., and clergy from different faiths will offer prayers and bless cyclists, with the overall aim of promoting safe biking. There will also be a moment of silence for cyclists who died in accidents in the past year. The event, which started in 2004, is part of Bike Month, an effort to encourage people to use the two-wheeled transit option.

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