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This Morning at the Bicycle Blessing

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A group of bicyclists gathered this morning at the Good Samaritan Hospital for the Blessing of the Bikes (remember the Blessing of the Animals?). It was one of many events taking place for Bike to Work Week. Yesterday, there was a small opening celebration, which included characters from Universal Studios coming down. "I'm still not sure about how having an undead three thousand year old monster bumping into people's bikes and snarling at them is the best way to promote cycling," Damien Newton noted humorously at StreetsblogLA.

Thursday is the culminating event when cyclists will ride from the Hollywood/Western Metro Station to City Hall to USC. They are actually dubbing it as Bike Instead of Work Day. There will also be pit stops to pick up free gear around Los Angeles County.

LAist Photographer Tom Andrews visited the Blessing of the Bikes this morning, here's what happened: