7th Annual Blessing of the Bikes: A Photoblog

5_18_10_BTWD1.jpgAll pictures: Carter Rubin

Undeterred by this morning's torrential drizzle, bicyclists joined together with family, friends, hospital staff, and an assortment of Los Angeles city officials for Good Samaritan Hospital's 7th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles ceremony.  Goodsam CEO and avid bicyclist Andy Beeka presided over the event.  Those who attended were treated to a free breakfast and t-shirt from the hospital, an LA Metro booth with its ubiquitous Cliff Bars and bike maps, and a quick bike check from Incycle (who's technicians kindly informed me that I needed a tune-up badly).

In addition to the blessing offered by an assortment of clergy and the traditional lap around the hospital, today's event also featured the awarding of the Golden Spoke Award to Deputy District Attorney Mary Stone and her staff for their successful prosecution of "The Road Rage Doctor" Chris Thompson this past January.

For those of you who could not make it out, here's a photo recap of the event.

5_18_10_btwd2.jpgAndy Leeka presents Golden Spoke Award to Dept. District Attorney Mary Stone.  Stone and her staff worked pro-bono to prosecute Christopher Thompson.

5_18_10_btwd3.jpgThe assembled clergy offer their blessings for bicyclists.

5_18_10_btwd5.jpgBicyclists head east on 6th Avenue towards Downtown while taking a lap around Good Samaritan Hospital.

5_18_10_btwd6.jpgIncycle staff provides free bike checks.