Claiming It!

It was another awesome day for the students of New Los Angeles Charter Middle School in Mid-City Los Angeles  this past Wednesday, April 13th, 2016! For the second year in a row, the students there were treated to a free bike clinic or “bike workshop”, as well as a panel on bike safety, and even some freshly screen-printed t-shirts, all from members of the community!

The night kicked off with some words from Eileen Schaubert, an active tournament bike-rider from Texas, who shared some bike history and safety tips with the students.

Following Schaubert, John Jones III of the Eastside Riders Bike Club took to the stage to tell the students of his incredible work in bike advocacy, which took him from East Los Angeles all the way to the White House!

To round off the panel, Yolanda Davis-Overstreet provided some updates regarding a successful effort to install a crosswalk and stop-light at the corner of Washington and Burnside, where New L.A. is located.

After the speakers, the students enjoyed some pizza for the night, along with a raffle that kept them on their toes! Prizes for the raffle included t-shirts, bike helmets, bike lights, and even two skate decks, all of which was provided in no particular order by the Xtreme Skateboard Shop, Unity Sports Cycling, Crenshaw Walks, Los Angeles Walks, and the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition.

Yolanda Davis-Overstreet –a bicycling and pedestrian community advocate– once again served as the main organizer of the event, along with the awesome support, organization and donations of parent Denean Russell! Apart from the main speakers, the event also featured a wealth of more insight from more volunteers who shared their passions with the students, including Chair of Antioch University’s MA Urban Sustainability Program: Donald Strauss, Al McKie of NEW HOOD ORDER, Damon Turner of Unity Sports, filmmaker Guenny Pires of Txan Arts, and of course, JIMBO TIMES!

In addition to thanking these volunteers, Yolanda also gave a huge shout out the Principal and Vice Principal of New LA – Brooke Rios and Brooke Goldberg, respectively, for supporting this much needed community education and advocacy.

To learn more about how you can support or help to create more “bike clinics” around L.A. for youth and education, check out Yolanda’s work at Ride In Living Color. And GO NEW L.A!

JIMBO TIMES is absolutely proud of you all!

With Love,

J.T. </:D

Author: J.T.

I'm a writer, editor, and photographer with a passion for community development in Los Angeles. While my editing work covers a range of different subjects, my writing focuses primarily on social welfare in the city, including education at L.A.'s public middle and high schools, public transportation planning and efficacy, housing and small business policy, as well as voting turnout for local elections and policy. My photography is similarly city-based, focusing mostly on what makes Los Angeles home to so many working-class people from all across the U.S.A. and throughout the world. Enjoy.

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