Councilman Buscaino would like to recognize Watts resident and President of the East Side Riders, John Jones III, who was recently honored at the Multicultural Communities for Mobility’s (MCM) third annual awards dinner and ceremony.
The East Side Riders Bike Club (ESR) is an all-volunteer, grassroots bicycle club founded in 2008 with the purpose of preventing youth from joining gangs and taking drugs, and engaging youth who have a desire to enrich the community through recreational activities, specifically focusing on bicycle riding. The club introduces kids to bike safety, healthy eating and active living, the importance of giving back to the community, and hosting riding events.
The objective of the MCM is to educate, empower and advocate for low-income bicyclists of color and create social justice in the environmental and bicycle advocacy movements.
East Side Riders aim to provide a comprehensive youth program that seeks to positively impact inadequate organized recreational outlets for local youth in the Watts area, a community rife with high rates of child obesity, asthma and other health challenges amongst youth. This program encourages physical activity through bike riding for youth and their families.
“I’m hoping this award will legitimize the work we do, so when we go out and advocate for bike lanes – it will give us more credibility,” said Jones III.
The club has nearly 150 members who frequently participate in bike rides around the city. Join them on their next scheduled rides:
- Nov. 3 in at the Compton Creek
- Nov. 4 South LA Health Community Ride near USC (www.RideSouthLA.com)
- Nov. 10 Benjamin Torres Memorial Ride in Gardena
- Nov. 11 The Watts Ride in Watts
“I am proud of the work that John Jones is doing in Watts and look forward to joining his East Side Riders on one of their rides soon,” said Councilman Buscaino.
Visit their Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com/ESRBC