Anointing bikes with chain oil — a lighthearted event during Bike to Work Week in Metro Vancouver and the “Faith Commuter Challenge”, a part of Bike Month. The religious leaders also blessed Compass Cards (transit) and shoes (walking) in homage to the priorities of transportation choices in Metro.
To me, it shows how far support has travelled in Metro Vancouver around transportation: Priority to walk, then bike, transit, delivery vehicles, and finally private motor vehicle. Not to mention environmental impact reduction when travelling.
Anglican Bishop Melissa Skelton presided over the second annual “bike blessing” as part of a weeklong “Faith Commuter Challenge.” Eleven Lower Mainland faith communities have signed up for the initiative, which coincides with Bike Month, and encourages worshippers and non-worshippers to reduce their carbon footprint by using means of transportation other than the almighty car.