Thinc Member Thurs: John Bennett

Name: John R. Bennett

Your Business –

I am executive director of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, a nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization founded in 2008. I also teach part time in the public administration and organizational leadership programs at Valdosta State University.

Fun Fact about you:

I was born in the Patterson Army Hospital at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey, but grew up in Valdosta, Ga. My wife grew up in New York (and travelled the world as an Air Force brat), but was born in Valdosta, Ga. We met in Savannah. 

Local or Transplant: I’ve lived in Savannah for most of the last two decades, except for an 18-month period during which I lost my mind and moved to Atlanta. 

Favorite places in town:  The Washington Avenue bike lanes. The beach at Tybee Island. I have absolutely no interest in baseball, but I love going to Sand Gnats games at Historic Grayson Stadium.

Favorite type of music:

My radio is usually tuned to WFMU. I’m slowly selling off most of my vinyl collection to Graveface Records and Curiosities, but I’m always on the prowl for West Coast and Latin Jazz titles, particularly on the Fantasy label.

Current project:

SBC will soon launch a program that will accept donated bicycles, recondition them, and make them available to people who need safe, dependable and affordable transportation. My Thinc officemates Paula Kreissler and Sharee Ashford of Healthy Savannah and I are also working together on something huge! We’ll have more to report soon.

How you came to Thinc and favorite part about coworking?

When Paula and I started looking for office space, our search started and ended with Thinc. I already knew and admired Whitney Shephard, Seth Michalak, Kevin Klinkenberg, and Denise Grabowski, and the idea of working in the same location was very appealing.

What kind of experiences are you looking for with Thinc? 

I was looking for an office, but also multiuse and conference space. I wanted a fun, yet professional environment with good creative energy. I like that there is plenty of bicycle parking nearby, and now there’s a CAT Bikes bicycle share station in Ellis Square. Very useful for short trips around downtown!

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Bike Ride Across Georgia – The BRAG
    I did this back when it first started, I’m sure it has changed alot since then. What does the future of bicycling look like in Savannah?

  2. Hi Rob:

    We’re working on two major projects that will shape the future of bicycling in Savannah. First, we are urging the City of Savannah to begin construction of the Truman Greenway, a multiuse trail that will link Daffin Park and Lake Mayer Park. We are also advocating for the adoption and implementation of Complete Streets ordinances in Savannah and Chatham County. If you have specific questions about these or other projects we’re working on, let me know. Thanks for your interest!

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