About

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

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

YEET Program Coordinator
Tyre’k was an apprentice for Freewheelin’ Community Bikes in 2016 and is thrilled to be returning to Freewheelin’ as the Youth Education and Employment Training (YEET) Coordinator. He is super excited to be working with the youth. 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 had experience in Behavior support, youth employment and professional development. Outside of work, Tyrek loves reading and cooking.









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. 




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.







Duke Barden

Apprentice Bike Mechanic

Duke is currently a Junior at Herron High School with an anticipated graduation date of 2022.  Duke joined the apprenticeship program to gain more experience in working on bikes, and serving our community.  During Duke’s off-time, he like working on custom bikes, and relaxing with his family.









Brooklyn Holland

Apprentice Bike Mechanic

Brooklyn’s story will be posted here shortly!

Our 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