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.