About

Mission Statement

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.

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.

Our Staff

Alison Cole

Executive Director
Alison has over 30-years of experience in community and workforce development working for a variety of public and not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the empowerment of families and communities. Before stepping into her current role, Alison served on Freewheelin’s Board of Directors. Her perspective from both sides has given her a vision to pursue a healthy, successful future for Freewheelin’ and the Indianapolis community.

Jamey McPherson

Director of Innovation and Operations
Jamey has spent the last ten years in the bicycle industry, working to share a happier life, richer understanding, and care for the world that bikes afford. He worked at BGI for 6 years, helping open the Hub downtown and connecting people gracefully to solutions in creative ways through retail. At Freewheelin’, his focus remains sharing knowledge and discovery with the community while raising service quality for Freewheelin’ and its partners in the bike industry.

Jake Watson

Director of Education and Training
Jake began his career in 2014 helping with the launch of the Pacer’s Bikeshare System on behalf of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Serving as the Senior Operations Technician, he co-developed the fleet maintenance systems and training processes for new mechanics. Additionally, he worked as a bicycle mechanic for BGI and Freewheelin’ prior to stepping into his current role as Director of Education and Training. Jake is an MA student at IUPUI studying Applied Communication, enabling him to put current scholarly findings regarding effective communication into action at the ground level in youth development programs.

Steve Nisi

Director of Retail Operations
Steven Nisi has been working in the cycling industry for 7 years. Since graduating from Kenyon College in 2014, he has been committed to sharing the love of cycling through education and bicycle maintenance. In his role as Director of Shop Operations at Freewheelin, he will share his experience in logistics management, professional bike maintenance, program development, and inventory management.

Matt Madson

Bike Mechanic
Matt graduated from IUPUI’s Herron School of Art in 2014 and has used his creative problem-solving skills to advance the personal goals of Indianapolis cyclists and their equipment. This lead him to work for BGI, an industry leader, where his dedication allowed him to receive extensive training in bicycle mechanics and become a skilled and respected teacher in his own right. Matt lives in Mapleton Fall Creek and is excited to provide precision service and creative problem-solving skills to a vibrant community deserving of unique solutions.

Quinn Semsprott

Bike Mechanic
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.

Mauricio Acosta

Bike Mechanic
Mauricio is the ultimate utility man. He participated in Freewheelin’s entry-level Earn-a-Bike program, completed the full run of advanced aprons, and was a member of the first cohort of Youth Apprentices. A jack of all trades, you’ll find him serving customers in the retail store, servicing bikes, and building process improvement systems. However he’s never too busy to help a young person tackling a big mechanical challenge or share some wisdom with an up and coming youth employee.

Our Board of Directors

Chuck Okenfuss
Chairperson

Monroe Little
Vice Chairperson

Michael Goldenberg
Secretary

Kodi Akins
Treasurer

Steve Reynolds
John Mead

Eric McNamar

Sally Collins

Robert Karnak

Susan Kessler

Miles Johnson

Helen Colby