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Freewheelin’ Community Bikes connects youth with skills for life over a shared passion for the bicycle. We envision a stronger, healthier, more connected city.

One bike, One youth, One relationship at a time… we are transforming Indianapolis into a city where bikes provide access to better lives.

2020 Annual Report

Core Beliefs

Freewheelin’ believes in:

  • The worth and gifts of each person to enrich the world
  • Bicycling as accessible transportation for recreation, employment, and healthy living;
  • The importance of positive youth/adult mentorship;
  • Empowering youth as leaders who give back to their communities;
  • Lifelong learning, resiliency and persistence;
  • Positive neighborhood and community connections;
  • Making bicycling accessible and affordable; and,
  • Being welcoming to people of all backgrounds, abilities, and incomes.

LaNisha Clark

Executive Director

LaNisha received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Clark Atlanta University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Tennessee State University. She has experience as a non-profit professional since 1999, including being a volunteer coordinator, fundraising officer, youth development professional, and site director. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with organizations that focus on the betterment of Indianapolis area youth through the arts, mentoring, and literacy. When she isn’t working, or volunteering in the community, you will find her traveling with her son, daughter, and husband. She is excited to be a part of the Freewheelin’ Bikes team and helping to move the mission forward.

Bill Rowe

Director of Retail Operations

Bill brings more than 20 years of bicycle industry experience to the Freewheelin’ community bikes team. A life-long mountain biker and BMX enthusiast, Bill has experience in all areas of a bike shop from service to sales. Bill is both PBMA and Bosch certified, and is excited to be able to introduce our youth to the wonderful machine known as the bicycle!

Tyre’k Swanigan

Director of Programs

Tyre’k was an apprentice for Freewheelin’ Community Bikes in 2016 and is thrilled to be returning to Freewheelin’ as the Director of Programs. Tyre’k is super excited to be working with the youth and community. Tyrek is currently enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College (Tsap program) and is studying social work. Tyrek will be attending IUPUI next year to obtain his Bachelor’s Social work Degree and Master Social Work Degree. Tyrek has experience in Behavior support, youth employment and professional development, and program management. Outside of work, Tyrek loves reading and cooking.

Quinn Semsprott

Assistant Shop Manager

Quinn completed Freewheelin’s Earn a Bike in 2015 and continued developing his skills through Open Shop programming. Soon after he applied for and became a Freehweelin’ Apprentice. Quinn worked diligently to increase his skills and ultimately was hired to be a Mechanic in our Retail Shop. As a valued member of our staff, Quinn contributes to continuously improving our workflow and our customers experience.

John Tanner

Bike Mechanic

John’s story and photo will be posted here shortly.

Miles Cumbay

Apprentice Bike Mechanic

Miles is currently a sophomore at Herron High School.  He joined the apprentice program because he wanted to make a difference in others’ lives and learn more about working on bikes.  In his spare time, Miles enjoys skateboarding – and building bikes is such a great way to scratch that itch.

Board of Directors

John Mead Board Chair
Susan Kessler Vice Chair
Eric McNamar Secretary
Kodi Akins Treasurer
Robert Karnak
Chuck Okenfuss 
Miles Johnson
Mary Dicken
James Malone