The man behind the mountain bike project in Lincoln said Wednesday he’s working to turn his hometown’s iconic hill into something new.
The man behind Lincoln’s Mountain Bike Project said he’s looking for funding to build a bike shop in the city’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood.
The project is named “Mount Vernon and the Mountain Bike” and it has been a long time coming for the man who grew up on the hill, said Ben Stadler, who founded the nonprofit mountain bike shop and has been building the bikes in the area for the past four years.
The nonprofit bike shop is looking to raise $30,000 for the shop, which is located at the intersection of Park Avenue and Lincoln Street, Stadlers brother said.
It will be in the basement of the Mount Vernon High School, near the intersection with North Park Avenue.
Stadlers brothers father passed away in January at age 94.
The bike shop will serve as a community resource for local mountain bikers.
The mountain bike was a local symbol of Lincoln, but in recent years, it has become a symbol of gentrification, according to the Stadles.
Stadls grandfather, Robert Stadlin, died of lung cancer in 2008.
The family is in talks with the city about funding for the project.
Stads brother said the shop will be an alternative for the residents of Mount Vernon, who are often pushed out of the neighborhood due to gentrification.
He said the community would have the chance to own the bike shop, and the shop would have a sense of community pride, pride in the community and pride in its heritage.
Stads brother says he wants the shop to be a community asset, a place to learn about the history of the area and its culture, and he hopes it will help to bridge the gap between the community, which has historically been more rural and rural than the city.
The Mount Vernon hill is one of several in Lincoln where the bike project will take place.
The Lincoln Mountain Bike project, which started as a grassroots effort, now has about 1,100 members, said Stads sister, Natalie Stadling.
They plan to create a bicycle shop in one of the neighborhoods most historic neighborhoods.