Cyclists are instructed to gather on the lawn at the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes (1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW) for the ceremony, which is slated for Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m.
The plan, says Father Dominique Peridans is to bring local cyclists and residents together for a “bridge-building gathering.”
“We’ll gather on the front lawn of the church . . . there’ll be a short, ten fifteen minute blessing for the whole crowd gathered,” Peridans said. “It’ll be a time for people to interact.”
District cyclists and local churches haven’t always gotten along. The recurring feud possibly came to a head last October when a pastor at one local church infamously called several bike lanes proposed for 6th St. NW a “cancer.”
“I know that there’s been some awkwardness between the cycling community and a few churches in the city, and I’m hoping this will heal that a little bit,” Peridans said.
After the short ceremony, officials from DDOT, Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the National Museum of Women in the Arts will deliver a series of brief comments. There will also be free food and giveaways, Peridans said.
“Everybody is welcome,” Peridans said. “Religious affiliation, whatever type of bike you ride . . . it will be done in a way that a broad number of people would be able to enjoy.”
Photo courtesy of Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes