Health and wellness flourished on this special day

October 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm 1 comment

Good Samaritan's Andrew Leeka at the Blessing of the Bicycles

Here’s a guest editorial by Andy Leeka, President and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital which is located on Wilshire Boulevard, just north of last Sunday’s CicLAvia route.

Andy is a cyclist, rode CicLAvia 2010, and has been instrumental in hosting Good Samaritan’s annual Blessing of the Bikes which takes place each May. Also, watch the brief interview with Andy, in person on the CicLAvia route, about 5 minutes into this video.

What a special day: 10-10-10

A day when cyclists, runners, skateboarders, Samba dancers, and rollerbladers felt safe in the streets from Heliotrope to Hollenbeck Park to exercise and enjoy our wonderful city.

A day when stop lights were obeyed, police officers were greeted with a “thank you” and a smile, and you noticed the bowling alley, Thai restaurant, and neighborhood market if not for the first time.

A day when our vibrant Los Angelino status trumped socioeconomic status. 

As America grows fatter, diabetes-induced peripheral artery disease (PAD) lays claim to 150,000 amputations each year.  Approximately 700 cyclists lose their lives to motorists.  And our lungs fill with automobile exhaust while corporate lobbyists argue to defeat clean air legislation.

Thank you Mayor Villaraigosa, Councilman Tom LaBonge, volunteers, and participants for creating and supporting CicLAvia.  Health and wellness flourished on this special day.

CicLAvia was happy to spot Leeka out riding with us on Sunday. We thank you, Andy, and Good Samaritan Hospital for being a long-time ally in making Los Angeles a great place to bike, and for all the work that Good Sam does to heal bicyclists and other Angelenos in need.

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