Molly North- Executive Director
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead BikeDenver and write the next chapter in the Mile High City through education, advocacy and coalition building. I look forward to collaborating with business partners, Denver City staff and all the bicyclists who pedal on the city streets and trails. I recognize that I have big shoes to fill and I’m honored to have been selected for the job.
Molly has long pursued a healthy lifestyle, from the food she eats to the way she commutes. The bicycle became an important part of her routine when she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where bicycling is a way of life. The summer after her graduation she pedaled across the United States with the non-profit Bike and Build to raise funding and awareness for affordable housing. Since then, she has worked as a bicycle mechanic and sales representative and she co-founded and co-owned Rolling Spokes Bike Tours which created opportunities for people to explore local food choices by bike. Most recently Molly served as the bicycle coordinator for the City of Fort Collins.
North managed the City of Fort Collins bike program where she developed a depth of expertise in bicycle education, infrastructure and advocacy. In her three years with the program, she accomplished much. She applied for and received $1.6M in grant funding for bicycling, launched the bi-lingual Bicycle Ambassador Program (the most recognized bicycle safety education program in the country), won a stage of the USA Pro Challenge for the northern Colorado region, worked closely with City Council, and managed a team of staff and volunteers. She also helped craft City Council-adopted Master Plans and implemented a robust work plan that ultimately led to Fort Collins’ designation as a Platinum level Bicycle Friendly Community in May 2013.
Carina Gaz – Community Engagement Manager
Carina’s early days of biking started in Aurora, CO along the Cherry Creek Trail and have grown into her passion of advocating for bicycling as a mode of transportation, recreation, and meditation. While studying at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Carina helped develop the university’s Net Impact chapter that campaigned to build waste reduction and bicycling programs on-and-off campus. Upon graduating she moved to Portland, OR – America’s Bicycle Capital – to learn more about the city’s approach to sustainable community planning. In Portland, Carina served in a myriad of community development roles ranging from community garden management to neighborhood conflict mediation. One of her most rewarding experiences was serving as a facilitator for Race Talks in NE Portland. In her most recent role Carina developed and managed the education program for Earth Advantage, a green building nonprofit. Carina is excited to be back in her home state and to join BikeDenver’s growing team!
Sam Lauer – Education and Outreach Coordinator
Sam arrives at BikeDenver with a strong passion for education, community engagement, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. He was raised in an international setting by parents with an incurable desire to travel and show their family the world. As a result, he was born in El Salvador and has lived in such countries as Saudi Arabia and Kenya. His experiences living and traveling abroad deeply influenced his desire to pursue a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies from St. John’s University in Minnesota. For the majority of the past ten years he has worked to develop his passion for youth development and community engagement through a variety of different opportunities.
After graduating, he became involved with the PeaceJam Foundation in Ignacio, CO, helping teach in the classroom, collaborating with community organizations to run events and fundraisers, and working at an after-school teen center engaging youth in various outdoor activities; including launching a youth-led community garden. As a strong advocate in promoting kids to be active and explore the outdoors, he has spent several years as an outdoor educator. He has experience guiding trips in backpacking, rock climbing, and canoeing; including two summers as an instructor with Outward Bound in Maine. Sam also spent a year living in Spain as an assistant teacher at a secondary school. While there, he split his time between the classroom and constantly developing his Spanish skills, a language he loves to use when possible! Most recently, Sam worked for two years with Balarat Outdoor Education Center guiding 5th from Denver Public Schools on overnight trips. Through this position, he helped foster an appreciation and interest within the students for the outdoors of Colorado through experiential hands-on learning.
Sam is passionate about bicycling not only as a fun recreational activity that gets us into the outdoors but also as a form of transportation that is environmentally friendly.
He is really excited to be part of the BikeDenver team as the Education and Outreach Coordinator and utilize his passion for bicycling to make a positive impact within the Denver bicycling community!
Peter Bird – Ride On Auraria Student Coordinator
Peter joins BikeDenver with a passion for biking not only as a means for transportation, but as a healthier way to experience the world. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Peter moved to Utah to pursue a degree in linguistics, and then to Eastern Europe where he traveled extensively and worked at embassies in Budapest, Hungary and Tallinn, Estonia. It was in Europe’s old-world cities that he developed a love for urban areas, as well as a fascination for how biking and walking could so profoundly shape his experiences in those urban areas.
After moving back to the United States, he had the opportunity to work on projects in Salt Lake City, Utah that focused on placemaking, multi-modal transit and economic development in specific neighborhoods. These experiences eventually galvanized into the desire to formally study Urban and Regional Planning at CU Denver—the reason he made the move to the other side of the mountains. Peter is excited to be a part of the BikeDenver team, and contribute to biking projects in such a vibrant and bike-friendly city!