Improving Lives Through the Power of Bikes
There are many advantages to using your bicycle as much as possible! The exercise benefits are only outweighed by the community benefits. 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 biking is one of the best ways to positively impact your community!
Lancaster will be investing in bicycle infrastructure to provide a safe and comfortable travel experience 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 commerce where businesses have provided cyclists with accessible bicycle parking. Everyone benefits when people ride bikes!
People of all kinds ride bikes. Cycling can, and should be, accessible to everyone regardless of age gender, language, skin color, belief, or income level. Our space is a welcoming and inclusive space which serves to help all who walk through our doors. 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 takes a collaborative community to support and grow a bicycle movement, therefore it is important that we embrace opportunities together.
Improving and empowering 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 look to incorporate joy and love in everything we do.
Our home was once an old, abandoned pump-house in Reservoir Park. The circa-1918 building, where water levels were monitored and pumps housed, was closed after the city reservoir was no longer being used in the 1950’s. It was piled with sinks, roofing materials, and other items being stored behind boarded up windows. The interior renovation and transformation of the 1,100-square-foot-space was into The Common Wheel, a community bike center where both youth and adults learn the basic maintenance and riding skills necessary to make cycling a part of everyday life.