His family shared one bike. His brother would ride the bike, while he and his cousin would tag along.
“Now as an adult, it’s kind of a hybrid between fun, exercise and commuting,” he said. “Now that we’re in a pandemic, it’s definitely been my number one means of transportation.”
During the pandemic, Bennett founded the Good Co. Bike Club, a social bike group that hosts rides throughout New York City. Bennett said the club was a good way to social distance, exercise and connect with others over a love of cycling.
“As we started biking, it became bigger and bigger,” he said. “We realized that we have a voice and we could use cycling to create awareness around a lot of topics.”
Aware of the hazards that come with cycling, Bennett said he sees accidents happen often. In most cases, those incidents are due to a lack of cycling resources and infrastructure, he said.
In August, the Good Co. Bike Club hosted the “We Bike Too” ride in collaboration with the Brooklyn borough president’s office to raise awareness about the scarcity of bike lanes in Brownsville, East New York and Canarsie.
They met at the Brooklyn Museum and rode through East New York to Shirley Chisholm State Park.
“Our communities bike too,” he said. “We need bike lanes too.”
As the group continues to grow, Bennett said he hopes to raise even more awareness about access to cycling in communities of color, build out cycling infrastructure and expand ride sharing.
Every time their club hosts rides, participants also visit Black and minority-owned businesses to support locally owned shops.
“The sky’s the limit,” Bennett said.