Writing can often feel like a lot of lip service. Freewheel is one attempt at creating tangible change in the communities I’ve called home.
I hope this space continues to grow and evolve, into projects both bigger and smaller than the original freewheel. Because while there is a practical side, a way to create objects and space inspired to change social habits, there is also a personal and emotional way of conducting ourselves that also has its roots in a communist and anarchist philosophy, reminding us that we are all free, we are all together.
Freewheel is a project I started in the spring of 2015 with the support and encouragement of Sara Gibbs and Alta Community Enrichment. The concept was a public bike repair station for the town of Leavenworth, Washington and it was completed in the fall of ’15 with generous support from the Wenatchee River Institue, Tierra Learning Center, and the people of Leavenworth Washington.
Over the winter of 2015-16, again with the help of Sara and ACE, but this time with the generous support of my adopted home-town of Alta, Utah, I helped make possible a Freewheel Station for the town of Alta. The stand is now complete and was installed in the spring of 2016!