BATAVIA — Motorcycle collisions inherently carry dangers.

So if you’re offered a blessing, why not?

Four riders showed up Sunday morning for an inaugural event, as their bikes were blessed at Ascension Roman Catholic Parish.

“May God bless you and keep you safe on these bikes,” said Fr. David Glassmire, the church’s pastor, during the brief observance. “May you encounter the risen Lord in your travels and the freedom of the open road, in the fellowship of other bikers and each person you meet. May the Lord be on you at home and on the road, and in all of your journeys.”

He blessed each motorcycle individually.

Why the ceremony? Glassmire is a rider himself, owning Harley Sportster 883 and a Suzuki 400. He said afterward that other areas have done such events, and he always wanted to do one too for the community.

“It’s actually late for us, but it’s the start of motorcycle season,” he said. “It’s a good way of protecting and keeping people safe, and encouraging them to get out and ride. This is the first year and I’m hoping it will grow.”

He said the church is considering a poker run next year.

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