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Images from L.A. Bike Week 2017

Priest blesses cyclists with holy water at Good Samaritan Hospital’s 2017 Blessing of the Bicycles. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

This is Bike Week in Los Angeles, and there have been numerous Bike Week events, with a few more Bike Month events still on the way.

On Monday, Metro kicked off Bike Week with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Union Station Bike Hub.

Official groundbreaking ceremony for Metro's Union Station Bike Hub
Official groundbreaking ceremony for Metro's Union Station Bike Hub. Among the dignitaries are: Glendale Mayor and Metro Boardmember Ara Najarian, Good Samaritan Hospital CEO Andy Leeka, Metro Deputy CEO Stephanie Wiggins, Metrolink CEO Art Leahy, and L.A. County Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Tamika Butler
Official groundbreaking ceremony for Metro's Union Station Bike Hub
Union Station Bike Hub under construction
Union Station Bike Hub under construction
Union Station Bike Hub under construction

The bike hub is under construction and expected to open this fall, on the north side of Union Station.

On Tuesday, Good Samaritan Hospital hosted its annual Blessing of the Bicycles. A multi-denominational team of clerics prayed for bicyclist safety.

Praying for bicyclist safety at the 2017 Blessing of the Bicycles
Praying for bicyclist safety at the 2017 Blessing of the Bicycles
Praying for bicyclist safety at the 2017 Blessing of the Bicycles
The multi-denominational team of clerics at the 2017 Blessing of the Bicycles
The multi-denominational team of clerics at the 2017 Blessing of the Bicycles
The multi-denominational team of clerics at the 2017 Blessing of the Bicycles

On Thursday's Bike to Work Day, L.A. City Councilmember Joe Buscaino biked from San Pedro to downtown Los Angeles. He was accompanied by an entourage including Buscaino staffer John Jones III, of the East Side Riders Bike Club, and Tamika Butler of the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition.

The whole bike commute was broadcast live on Facebook.

This morning Metro opened its second Bike Hub facility, located at 1630 N. Vine Street next to the Hollywood/Vine Metro Red Line Station. The facility provides 24/7 secure bike parking and is staffed from 7 to 11 a.m. weekdays for bike repairs and equipment.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell speaks at the opening celebration for Metro's Hollywoood/Vine Bike Hub.
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The opening included the unveiling of a sticker star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dignitaries include Metro's Cal Hollis, L.A. County Bicycle Coalition's Zachary Rynew, Metro's Tony Jusay, BikeHub.com's Gene Oh, Metro's Diego Cardoso, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's Jeff Zarrinnam, and City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
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The bike hub is secure bike parking open to paid members, who can enter 24/7 via this security kiosk
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Metro's Julia Salinas demonstrates how the Hollywood Bike Hub double deck bike parking works
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Metro now has bike hubs open in El Monte and Hollywood, with new hubs at Union Station and Culver City opening in 2017 and 2018. To sign up go to the Metro bike hub website or email metro [at] bikehub.com.

The bike celebrations continue next week with Bike Night at Union Station on Friday May 26.

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