Our Mission: Improve Lives Through the Power of Bikes

Why Bike?

There are many advantages to using your bicyle 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.

Our Values:

Diversity.
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.
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.

Life.
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.

History

The Common Wheel was 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 there in the 1950’s.  It was piled with sinks, roofing materials, and other items being stored there behind boarded up windows.  The interior renovation and transformation of the 1,100-square-foot-space was transformed by The Common Wheel into a community bike shop and learning center where both youth and adults learn the basic maintenance and riding skills necessary to make cycling part of everyday life.