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, by empowering more people to replace these short car trips with trips by bike we 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, 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 a stated 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. It allows us to stand together and advocate for a cause we believe in. It will take a strong community to support and grow a bicycle movement, therefore 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.