Children in the Harrisburg and Lancaster areas will be getting bicycles this holiday season, thanks to donations from PPL workers.

Employees at our Harrisburg and Lancaster service centers combined to round up 32 used bikes that have been given to two agencies – The Common Wheel in Lancaster and Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg. Those organizations will hand out the bikes to needy families in the region.

Bicycles were collected between Oct. 9 and Nov. 10 and delivered to both nonprofits in advance of the holidays.

Regional Operations Director Dana Ferber suggested the drive and Joe Wenger, a metering service tech in Harrisburg, and Dan Gerber, a Lancaster region right of way agent, ran with it.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the response in Lancaster,” Gerber said. “I think we collected 22 bikes, from kid’s bikes to adult-sized mountain bikes and cruisers.” (The delivery of donated bikes in Lancaster is pictured at right.)

Common Wheel is a nonprofit organization that teaches inner-city youngsters how to take apart, assemble, service and maintain bikes with a goal of getting more people on bikes and exercising while learning skills for the future.

Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg is a nonprofit whose mission is to teach bicycle safety and maintenance and accept unwanted or abandoned bikes that are repaired, rebuilt and given free to those in need.