Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Blessing of the Bikes

BikePortland blogs a blessing of the bikes.  I know this also goes on in NYC, though I've never been.  And as a scholar of religion, I think this is just fascinating.  I wonder what other kinds of public or institutional religious ceremonies include bicycles?

Critical Mass would certainly qualify as a religious action (in terms of action motivated by ultimate concern per Tillich).  Others?

Also, how cool is it that Portland's new Mayor (see the article for details and photos) just shows up at a bicycle event on his bike.  THAT is a bicycle friendly administration...

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