Our mission is to improve lives in Lancaster through the power of bikes
70% of all car trips in the U.S. are under two miles. Empowering more people to replace these short car trips with trips by bike can have a tremendous impact on everyone in the community.
We transformed an old, abandoned pump house in Reservoir Park into a community bike shop where kids and adults now learn the basic maintenance and riding skills necessary to make biking a part of their everyday lives.
There are many advantages to using your bike as much as possible! Individual health benefits are obvious, but it is also healthy for the community—reduced congestion downtown, an increase in local small business commerce, more streamlined and efficient transportation and a considerable reduction in pollution and other emissions associated with automobile use means using your bike instead of your car is one of the best ways to positively impact your community!
Lancaster has stated its interest in bolstering its bike infrastructure. This means that Lancaster will be investing in things like bicycle lanes for safer travels for those riding on public roads, as well as more convenient access to safe bicycle parking. Cities similar to Lancaster in size and demographic have undertaken similar initiatives and have established measurable improvements in local small-business commerce where businesses have provided cyclists with suitable bicycle parking. One of our missions at The Common Wheel is to educate Lancaster City Government, local small businesses and individual members of the community about the advantages to embracing a bike friendly community. Everyone benefits when more people use bikes.
People of all kinds ride bikes. Cycling can and should be accessible to everyone, regardless of age gender, language, skin color, beliefs, or income level. We want our space to be welcoming, inclusive, and helpful to as wide a variety of people as possible. Diversity brings a variety of perspectives and richness to any community.
Community is strength. Community allows us to stand together and advocate for a cause we believe in. It will take a strong community to help support and grow a bicycle movement. It is important that we embrace opportunities to join together.
Helping to improve and empower the lives of the people we serve is central to our motivations. We want to be conscious of the environmental implications of what we do and remember that bicycles are tools to help improve the lives of members of the community. We value the vibrancy of life and will look to incorporate joy and love in all that we do.
Meet the Team
We believe that active transportation will transform our cities into healthy, lively communities and that the everyday use of bicycles for short trips will become more commonplace. We want to be there to help support this growing movement and ensure that it reaches all members of the community. Our vision is that in the future, bicycling will become more common, accepted and safe and that the people who ride bikes will live fun, healthy and environmentally conscious lives.
Chris, a lifelong resident of Lancaster, is an avid proponent for bicycling as an alternative transportation option. In between traveling, being a ski bum, and working construction, Chris spent a lot of time using his bike to get around the city. He became interested in the growing cycling movement and wished to help it grow here in a concrete, hands-on manner. After learning about the community bike shop model, he research starting one in Lancaster. Chris will be responsible for designing and implementing programs and events, raising funds, and building relationships in the community. He will also be getting his hands dirty as he learns more about wrenching bikes!
Jason is too busy wrenching on bikes and pointing at things to write his bio.
Board of Directors
The Common Wheel is a board-driven organization, with representatives from many facets of the Lancaster community. Meet our leadership:
Darren is tax and business advisor for Simon Lever LLP. He has worked with many small business leaders and brings his knowledge of tax, finance, and stewardship to the board. He is relocated to Lancaster 3 years ago from Washington DC. Darren continues to be an enthusiastic city dweller and proponent of city living. He currently volunteers with Leadership Lancaster. Informed by over 15 years of DC city life, he believes that non-motorized transportation and access are keys to high quality of life and reduced road congestion. An avid runner and biker whose passion far exceeds his talent at either, Darren can usually be found on the city streets doing one or the other. His wife believes that Darren should get a pedi-cab to transport her and their two young boys around town.
Jerry runs a trekking and adventure company called Skychasers that specializes in journeys to the high Himalaya of Nepal. Here in Lancaster, he’s been heavily involved in resettling Bhutanese-Nepali refugees, through volunteering directly with the refugees and serving on the advisory board of CWS, the local resettlement agency. As well, every fall, he and his family organize the Pedal Harder Charity Ride in memory of his brother Glen, with the goal of raising scholarship money for nursing education. Jerry loves to use his bicycles for transport, exercise, and mind medicine. A three month bicycle trek from Tierra del Fuego north to the equator provided him with an untold number of cycling highlights and lowlights. Jerry enjoys traveling with his family and introducing his kids to new and offbeat adventures.
Adriana is the Marietta Market manager and has chaired the development committee for The Common Wheel since February 2015. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Adriana has had the opportunity to travel through Europe and took part in the Rotary Club Exchange Year Abroad program in Torun, Poland. She loves cooking, all things Harry Potter, and traveling, and longs to visit South America. Her favorite memory on a bike was riding through a meadow in Poland, attempting to trace the border of the country when it was divided between two “friendly neighbors”. She is excited to get to work to further the mission of The Common Wheel and help the Lancaster community!
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John is a co-founder and vice president of Caldwell, Heckles and Egan, a general contractor in Lancaster. He is also a part-time cellist, fiddler, and ski instructor.
Most of his favorite memories on a bike involve the loss of a few layers of skin and possibly some cacti.
Larry worked as a lawyer for Armstrong World Industries and two other Lancaster companies. He has served as a volunteer for numerous community organizations, currently SCORE Lancaster, The Janus School, and Leadership Lancaster. Larry has been an avid rider and bike mechanic for decades and once rode slowly up Mt. Ventoux.
Lija Diem Stoltzfus brings almost a decade of teaching experience and over a year of professional contributions in higher education to the Common Wheel board. Lija’s love of bicycling began when she lived in the Netherlands where she witnessed an impressive commitment to the use of bicycles as the primary form of transportation. Lija hopes to contribute to both the education components of the Common Wheel as well as writing, event planning, and anything involving creativity.
Native of Lancaster County. Attended Coastal Carolina University and majored in elementary education. Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and Florida Marlins. Played professionally with the Marlins for 6 years before joining the Lancaster Barnstormers. Currently play for the Barnstormers while also working as Community Relations/Creative Consultant. I enjoy biking as a means of relaxation and transportation. Admittedly still in my infancy of bike knowledge and ability but have a willingness and eagerness to learn.