Short video of the

Blessing of the Bikes

by the Legendary

Clarence Eckerson



Hi Friends,


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 16th Annual Blessing of the Bikes.


Our friend Reverend Julia Whitworth, 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 16 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.


The interesting thing to me about The Blessing of the Bikes is that some people take it very seriously, some think it’s all a big joke, and some are deeply offended. No mater which of those opinions works best for you... good on you!


Wear what you like - your usual cycling and skating 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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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. Julia Whitworth, 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 in to their Cathedral home every year.


Drop me a note with your questions or suggestions.  See you soon.


Glen

glen @ bicycle shows. us

The 16th Annual Blessing of the Bikes

FREE


Saturday May 3, 2014 -- CONFIRMED

This is the day before BIKE NEW YORK/ The Five Boro Bike Tour


9:00 a.m. SHARP!

(This event is wonderful but BRIEF.  Don’t be late!)


Rain or Shine


The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

112th Street & Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY

Directions here


All Faiths (or lack thereof) Welcome


Kids Welcome