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Chicago cyclists gather for an inaugural blessing service

by Kimiteru Tsuruta
May 16, 2012


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A priest blesses the cyclists, who came out for the blessing at Northwestern's downtown campus.

"Ride of Silence," a bike event that remembers the cyclists who have lost their lives is held nationwide, but a new similar event was held in Chicago for the first time. "Blessing of the bikes" was held at Northwestern's downtown campus, and the participants came out to be blessed by a Catholic priest. In addition to remembering loved ones, the event also embraces the joy of riding a bicycle.