Soon after the pandemic hit New York, Brooklyn cyclist Drew Bennett posted on his Instagram Stories that he was going on a bike ride and if anyone wanted to join, they should meet at the Brooklyn Museum. He was surprised to see 17 cyclists show up. Bennett (and cycling) struck a chord with folks and the Good Company Bike Club was born. A few weeks later, a Juneteenth celebration boasted 1500 riding around New York City.
Seeing an opportunity to connect with an oft ignored market segment of Black cyclists, Schwinn partnered with Good Co. Bike Club and features the group as part of its #IAmACyclist campaign. You can hear more of Drew’s story here and see Good Co. Bike Club featured in an ad. As a cyclist, I love it!
Unrest following George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a police officer in 2020, many brands are waking up to connect with and support marginalized groups. This type of partnership may be seen as taking advantage of a moment – and some might question Schwinn’s sincerity – which might lead to an interesting class discussion.