Lancaster Online recently covered SCORE client, The Common Wheel (TCW). The article explored the first all female Earn-a-Bike class and their graduation from TCW. The Common Wheel is a nonprofit that aims to improve lives in Lancaster through the power of bikes. “In a time when fixing things seems the exception, not the norm,” the article states, “The Common Wheel wants to see kids and grown-ups know how to fix the bicycles they ride.”
Based in an old pumphouse in Lancaster’s Reservoir Park, The Common Wheel does repairs and offers mechanic classes. With the help of partnerships the nonprofit has forged, donated bicycles have been offered for free to low-income residents and refugees through partnerships. Some bikes are also sold to raise money for programs.
Earn-a-Bike points its focus to children aged 12 to 17 years old who can then choose a donated bike. Class members learn about safety and mechanics and eventually graduate with their bike now in their possession to ride. Currently, the May 2017 co-ed Earn-a-Bike class is already booked!
To learn more about The Common Wheel, or about SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon, please visit their websites.