Wendy sent me a link last night that I absolutely couldn't resist - this morning at 9:30 it was the 12th Annual Blessing of the Bikes at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which is in fact only five blocks away from where I live. I had never heard of such a thing!
(They do a blessing of the animals on St. Francis's Day, but those of you who know cats will understand that I have always felt that my cat would much prefer not to be blessed if it meant being put in his carrier and forced to hang around in a box with lots of dogs and other cats and other animals in the near vicinity!)
It is really a lovely and funny idea - the reading was from Ezekiel (!), and we were enjoined not to be afraid of any terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day. The canon sprinkled us with holy water, we had a remembrance of dead cyclists and then made a circuit with our bicycles around the cathedral, which was rather amazing.
The pictures I got aren't much good, but they give the flavor of the event: