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Cycling Advocates of All Ages Say 'Share the Road'

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 11:07AM
Blessing of the Trike Ed Fuentes

At the 6th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles, a small group of 3-year-olds made use of the slight incline at the entrance of Good Samaritan Hospital to speed past LAPD's Olympic Bike Division.

They were there, along with the Bicycle Kitchen, the East Side Bike Club and other bike riders to be blessed by Good Samaritan's Reverend Jerry Anderson. For extra precaution, Rabbi Ramin Sadeghi said a few words adding a blessing of his own.

Leading the pack of speakers was Andrew B. Leeka, President and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital, who welcomed the group and presented Councilman Tom LaBonge with the 2nd Annual Golden Spoke Award.

After the sprinkling of Holy Water, cyclists joined in a commemorative lap around the block to remember those injured or killed in bicycle accidents on city streets.

A shared message from Leeka and two young guest speakers from John Liechty Middle School, located across the street, was that drivers need to share the road with cyclists. Speakers also encouraged cyclists to be careful and to wear helmets.

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