Updated: Monday, 17 May 2010, 5:52 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 16 May 2010, 6:15 PM EDT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's a unique Sunday service, as bikes and their riders are blessed in Buffalo.
Executive Director of Green Options Buffalo, Justin Booth said, "We're encouraging people, as the weather gets nice, to start thinking about leaving your cars at home."
The service at Lafayette Presbyterian Church kicks off Bike to Work week.
Green Options Buffalo believes it's a win-win. First, no gas is used.
"Bicycling is a very low impact, easy activity that's great for your health," Justin remarked.
Pastor of the Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Drew Ludwig exclaimed, "Gracious God, we pray for all who ride bicycles on the road and off. That we might enjoy our riding, that we might ride safely and ride well."
A prayer for safety and a memorial walk that brings back memories for Rene Moran of her nephew, Stefano.
He was killed in a bike accident in Florence, Italy.
She expressed, "He believed in riding his bike, instead of driving a car. And he was in a big city and was hit by a car."
"I hope everyone's bike being blessed will keep everyone safe," Rene wished.
With the sun shining and warmer days ahead, the attention turns to safety for people on two wheels and those at the wheel of motor vehicles.
Justin Booth said, "Having cyclists, be respectful on the roads and following the right rules of the road, as well as motorists being aware of cyclists on the road, and making sure everyone is sharing the road appropriately."
Pastor Ludwig exclaimed, "It's good to remember that accidents do happen and we need to be safe."
National Bike to Work Week rides until Saturday, May 22nd.
Local organizers are hoping to get prominent business and community leaders to take part in the effort.