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.
Ryan McCann – Policy and Outreach Manager
When asked why he wanted to be BikeDenver’s outreach coordinator this past June, Ryan responded, “Why wouldn’t you want this job?” This is exactly the kind of attitude that allowed Ryan to mature into his current position. As Policy and Outreach Manager, Ryan oversees the development of an education program, event bicycle parking program, and plays a lead role in researching and implementing policy and advocacy initiatives. He truly cares about people on bikes, as his dedication to bicycle advocacy stems from his own goal to be less dependent on automobiles. You may have experienced his dedicated personality if you met him around town this summer! He spearheaded BikeDenver’s bike parking program at numerous events, where he increased the annual number of bikes parked by 41%. Nice work, Ryan!
Adding to Ryan’s credentials are his previous positions: he served as a Program Fellow at Transportation Solutions from June 2011 to May 2012, where he conducted research and supported their operations by advocating for alternative transportation choices such as carpooling, light rail, bus, and bicycles. He also interned with Denver Public Works, where he worked with Senior City Planner Emily Snyder to aide in city bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts. Such efforts involved organizing Denver’s most popular Bike to Work Day breakfast station at Civic Center Park, assessing Denver’s bicycle parking demand, reviewing local and national bicycle policies and laws, and performing traffic counts for imperative projects such as 15th street’s highly anticipated infrastructure improvement. On top of all this, Ryan was earning his Master of Resources Law Studies degree from University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. He received his BA from Nebraska Wesleyan University prior to moving to Denver. His life in Denver has always been car-free; he parted ways with his car two years ago and has never looked back!
Despite his constantly busy schedule, Ryan loves taking time out to chat with people about biking and the great work that BikeDenver does. He also enjoys frisbee golfing, playing pick-up soccer games, and hanging out with his French bulldog, Bronson! If Ryan were a bike part, he would be the bell because, just like Ryan, it’s a fun, polite, courteous, and useful accessory that he wishes he heard more of in Denver! With Ryan’s enthusiasm and persistence, he just might be hearing more of those bells ring as he continues to spur on BikeDenver’s growth. Music to his ears!