Another swell event from yer ol' pal Glen
The 21st Annual Blessing of the Bikes
Wear your usual cycling clothes and bring your bike INSIDE the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. The reverend will say a few brief words and bless your bike with Holy Water. Cool, right?
Saturday May 4, 2019
This is the day before BIKE NEW YORK/The Five Boro Bike Tour
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
(This event is wonderful but BRIEF. Don’t be late or you'll miss it!)
Rain or Shine
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
112th Street & Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY
Closest subway lines:
B or C to 103rd Street or 116th Street
#1 train to Cathedral Parkway (110th Street) or 116th Street.
All Faiths (or lack thereof) Welcome
Mark your calendar for this very special event.
Wear your usual cycle clothing and bring your bike (or skates or non-motorized scooter) INSIDE the spectacular Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for the 21st Annual Blessing of the Bikes.
Our friend Reverend Patrick Malloy, will say a few kind words and then sprinkle our bikes with Holy Water. There is a moment of silence to remember those cyclists we’ve lost in the past year, a chance for everyone to ring their bicycle bells in celebration of cycling, and we’re gone.
Please note that this event is wonderful but BRIEF -- if you are even a little late, you'll miss it! Please be on time!
Bring your camera so we can post your Blessing of the Bikes photos here. After the event just email your photos by clicking here.
Regardless of your religious beliefs (or lack thereof) you are welcome. (I happen to be Jewish - go figure!) We’ve been doing this for 20 years now, and I’ve never heard from anyone that the event made them uncomfortable. In other words, you will be blessed and welcomed; you will not be lectured or proselytized.
Wear what you like - your usual cycling gear is fine - but if you have cycle shoes with exposed cleats (such as Look or Speedplay), and you don't have rubber cleat covers, you will be asked to take your shoes off and leave them at the door so you don't scratch up the floors.
The Blessing of the Bicycles is free. However, before you leave we will pass the hat (pass the helmet?) to raise some money for the church. They are not charging us for this event, and they do great work in the neighborhood for the homeless. (Besides, they have electricity and heating bills to pay too, just like everyone else). No matter what you think about religion I personally believe that these folks deserve our support. The contribution is ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY, although I would suggest that you kick in as much as you spent during your last snack break while out riding. One hundred percent of the money you donate goes directly to the Cathedral. We don’t make anything on this event and we don’t want to.
This schedule is still a little loose, so your suggestions for music or other features are welcome. (Although we will be keeping it short, so no lengthy speeches, please!)
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Drop me a note with your questions or suggestions. See you soon.
This free event is presented by BICYCLE SHOWS U.S. but the REAL credit belongs to our good friends at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Special thanks are due to Rev. Patrick Malloy and to Herb Katz (now retired) at the Cathedral -- there are many places in this city where we are not welcome, and these folks have always invited us into their home every year.
See you soon!