We wanted to learn a little bit more about our Brooklyn Bicycle Co. community, so we created a new section of our journal dedicated to some of the people we’ve been fortunate to call customers.

Each month we will feature a different member of the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. community and share what makes them tick.

With that said, our first spotlight is…

Ysanet Batista of Woke Foods

Where do you call home and explain some of your favorite things about your community?

Currently I call Brooklyn home but my family and I originally hail from Harlem, NY via the Dominican Republic. I live in Oceanhill/Bedstuy area of Brooklyn and I love the diversity of my neighborhood, all the various food options, and the large biking community that exists. 

Tell us about Woke Foods and the other projects you’re currently working on.

I am a self-taught (or a grandma-trained chef) and Woke Foods is a project that was born in March 2016 as a side hustle when I left my non-profit. Woke Foods is a worker-owned cooperative food business, which means that all the employees are owners of the business, in order to create a democratic workplace rooted in justice. We focus on cooking plant-based foods rooted in the flavors of the Dominican Republic using seasonal ingredients from local farms in NY.  

Other projects I am working on include a training program for other local food businesses, a blog highlighting sustainable living and food practices, and I recently got a grant to teach cooking class for activists living in low-income housing. 

What are you most passionate about? What passions drove you to your chosen field? 

I am passionate about food sovereignty, racial equity, gender, environmental, and economic justice. My passions for all those pillars have allowed me to integrate them into my work as a chef and creator of passion projects. I recently learned the word multihyphenate, which essentially means I am a jack of all trades. I am passionate about various things but all have the common thread of creating liberation and equity in all ways.  

What impact has your bike had on your lifestyle? 

It has been great using my bike as an alternative transportation method that saves me money, allows me to be less dependent on the MTA or its fare hikes, decreases my carbon foot print, and increases my body movement. 

What are the top 3 places you bike to?

I bike to school (I study agriculture at Farm School NYC), my partner's house, and to Prospect Park. 

What does the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. brand mean to you? 

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. means locally-owned, comfort, and sustainability. 




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Item is added to cart
★ Customer Reviews ★

In the words off our customers...

1028 reviews

Just picked up my first Brooklyn Bicycle, the Lorimer, here in Vancouver today and I already took it out on the trails in Stanley Park and through the streets downtown. I was super impressed with it! It’s incredibly light and super comfortable to ride! I’m nearly 5’4 and I got the 16/M - it fits perfect! I was also incredibly happy with the service at the shop I bought it from on Robson Street - they were super to work with. Looking forward to riding this bicycle all year round!

Thanks so much for sharing Jasmine. You're lucky to have access to Stanley Park - it's one of our favorites. Enjoy. -Ryan Zagata


I absolutely love this basket. It is structured so well and really cute! Lot's of room too

Thanks for sharing Cyndi. -Ryan Zagata

Love Love Love This Bike

I'm lucky enough to have a commute that's well-suited to biking in a town that's...well, that's more generally not that well-suited to biking. When I went shopping, I was really focused on getting something comfortable, and this bike delivers; the riding posture is super easy-going, and the ride is *really* smooth. There actually aren't enough "o's" in the word "smooth" for how smooth it is. It just sails right along. What I didn't expect was that it would also look as good as it does...I hadn't even got it out of the bike shop that the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. sent it to for assembly before somebody remarked how pretty it was (and let me note in passing: the "Buy &Ride" program is brilliant). Had somebody in a work meeting comment on how sharp-looking it is. I posted a picture of it online and got the response "Super clean and dapper!", which seems to cover it pretty well.

So, in a nutshell: I'm not an experienced enough bicyclist to give you a good assessment of the technical details on this thing. But I CAN say that I'm having a blast riding it, that it draws all kinds of good attention, and that when you factor in the convenience of the shopping experience I can't imagine doing any better for the price.

Thanks so much for sharing such thorough feedback William. We are glad you're finding your Driggs to be smooth. -Ryan Zagata

What a wonderful bundle of goodness!

I bought this to go along with my driggs 3 speed I had on order and couldn't be happier. The bell is just right, the lock is sturdy and makes me feel secure about keeping my bike safe, and the lights work just fine. Not so bright to light my path at night but definitely bright enough to help others in cars see me. About the lights. One shipped defective and I got on the chat app here on the brooklyn bicycles site-which is run by real people and not some bot-and Alex got me a replacement in the ail in less than a week. Great products and great service! Highly recommended.

Thanks Brian. We just launched new lights that will very much light your path at night and they're rechargeable. Appreciate you sharing your feedback. -Ryan Zagata


When a company delivers what they promised, and in perfect condition, they must be thanked and applauded.
I couldn’t be happier with my two bicycles and accessories.
Thank you.

Thanks so much for sharing Bill. We appreciate you sharing your experience and we're thrilled you're enjoying your bikes. -Ryan Zagata