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Tallahassee Bike Saints Canonized

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Chief Tom Quillan of the Leon County Emergency Medical Service.

At tonight’s “Blessing of the Bikes” at Railroad Square, two local “bike saints” were honored.

On behalf of the Leon County Emergency Ambulance Service, Chief Tom Quillen accepted a bike saint award for service to the cycling community.  Chief Quillen called the award a “unique honor” for the professionals of the Emergency Medical Services.

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Bill Oterson speaking as he accepts a bike saint award.Â

Local bicycle activist and artist Bill Oterson also received a bike saint award for his service to the cycling community.

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(from left) Bike Saint Bill Oterson, Rev. Brant Copeland (First Presbyterian Church), Joe Medina who was one of last years bike saints and Swami Max Thompson.
Following the event, the attending riders took a lap around Railroad Square in a procession led by bike police officers from the City of Tallahassee and FSU.

Following the presentations and blessings, the assembled riders rode a lap around Railroad Square led by bike police officers from TPD and FSU, and the Leon County Emergency Medical Service.

Tallahassee cyclists attending the "Blessing of the Bikes".

Tallahassee cyclists attending the Blessing of the Bikes

Sharing the stage were representatives of several spirtual traditions, past bike saint award winners and local dignitaries.  County Commissioners Cliff Thaell and Bob Ratcliff both spoke of the need for additional bicycle infrastructure.  No Tallahassee City Commissioners attended the event.

2 Comments

  1. well, lets all give ourselves a big pat on the back..

  2. It was sobering as always, to see the two ghost bikes at the front of the stage.

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