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About the Bike Squad and Clean Team

Clean and Safe Services

The Lancaster City Alliance has contracted with Block by Block to provide for both the clean and safe services. We oversee an eighteen member squad of ambassadors that are cross trained to address quality of life concerns in the community and provide supplemental sidewalk cleaning to the Downtown Investment District (DID). The bike ambassadors work seven days a week from 7 am till 11 pm Monday thru Saturday, and 10:30 am till 11 pm on Sundays. The clean team members are also out 7 days a week, from 7 am til 3:30 pm Monday thru Saturday and 10:30 am till 2:30 pm on Sundays.

Bike Squad

The Lancaster City Alliance’s red-shirted Bike Ambassadors patrol the Northwest, a portion of the Northeast (Neighbors United), and recently began patrolling a portion of the Southwest (SoWe). We also have ambassadors patrolling in Downtown Lancaster within the DID boundaries, both on foot and on bicycle. Squad members perform  three important functions to enhance the quality of life for people who live, work and visit the City. They are trained to serve as community ambassadors, aiding people with directions and pointing out local amenities. They identify nuisance issues such as excessive trash, graffiti, and city maintenance issues such as burned out street lights. Importantly, because of their visibility the squad acts as additional ‘eyes and ears’ in the community, providing n enhanced sense of security, often providing support, such as traffic and crowd control, to emergency responders.

The Bike Squad members patrol seven days a week, with approximately 16 hours a day coverage Monday – Saturday, and about 10 hours on Sunday. For more information, contact David Aichele, Director of Clean & Safe Services, at daichele@TeamLanc.org or 717-394-0783.


Clean Team

The Lancaster City Alliance  manages the Downtown Investment District (DID) contract with Block by Block to provide supplemental sidewalk sweeping services. Given the heavy foot traffic that occurs in Downtown and the importance of keeping pedestrian corridors clean, the crew is busy picking up trash and keeping the sidewalks clean. A crew of two full-time, one part-time employees cover the Downtown seven days a week. Wearing visible blue shirts with the DID logo, the crew utilizes a combination of mechanical equipment and dust pans/brooms to keep public areas free of litter. In the Fall, this crew takes on the major task of collecting fallen leaves on sidewalks, and the crew also assists with clearing ADA ramps during snowstorms. Importantly, property owners in the DID, as in all parts of the City, retain primary responsibility for maintaining their sidewalks.


For more information, contact David Aichele, Director of Clean & Safe Services, at  daichele@TeamLanc.org or 717-394-0783.