Community Programs Earn-a-Bike

Our Earn-a-Bike program gives students ages 12-17 the chance to fix up and earn a bike they can call their own, while also receiving training in bicycle assembly, maintenance, and safety.
Participation in this after-school program offers students the chance to learn the fundamentals of bicycle maintenance through supervised, hands-on assembly of their very own bike. The program includes road safety instruction in addition to assembly and maintenance education, so graduates are fully prepared to take their newly earned bikes home and operate them safely and responsibly. After completing the course, Earn-a-Bike graduates become eligible to volunteer at future sessions of the program.
All programs are held at our Community Center:

701 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

We first met Boni when he signed up for our Earn-a-Bike class. Now, Boni is an employee apprentice. He is learning valuable skills while earning a paycheck (and opening his first bank account!).
The Common Wheel Staff

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Program Outcomes

  1. Students get to keep the donated bike they fix up during the course of this program.
  2. In addition bike-specific skills, students are exposed to valuable STEM skills in hands-on applications, giving them insight into potential future career options.
  3. Finally, students build character. They gain confidence, feel a sense of accomplishment, and have satisfaction of knowing they are self-sufficient and independent.
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Midpenn Bank

Midpenn Bank believes that Earn-a-Bike can change a kid’s life. Thank you for supporting Earn-a-Bike through the EITC program.


UGI believes that STEM can change lives. Thank you for supporting Earn-a-Bike through the EITC program.


PPL knows that electricity is powered by STEM, and that is why they support Earn-a-Bike through the EITC tax program.


Brewing beer is a scientific process. That is why Troegs supports Earn-a-Bike through the EITC tax program.

Bike Shop

324 N. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Tuesday 11AM-7PM
Wednesday 11AM-7PM
Thursday 11AM-7PM
Friday 11AM-7PM
Saturday 12PM-4PM



Bicycle Co-Op

701 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

The King Street Co-Op and Donation Center will be closed for the month of January and will re-open on Tuesday, February 2nd at 11 AM. Please visit us at our Queen Street location for all of your needs including donation drop-offs!

Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday CLOSED
Saturday CLOSED



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The Common Wheel is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. We rely on the generosity of the community we serve to better the community as a whole through the power of bikes. Any and all donations that directly support our mission are tax deductible, and we can always provide you with the correct documentation.

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