You will recall a few years ago, when Ron Floth retired from the RTC, we were all very sad and wondered out loud how he could ever be replaced. Then the pandemic hit, and we wondered IF he would ever be replaced. Fast forward to 2022, and not only has the RTC filled this position but with a great hire. Meet Ryan McKell.
Hired in February this year, Ryan settled nicely into his new surroundings. Earlier this year, the RTC’s bicycling services – which include the BTC Bike Center, Bike Share, E-Bike program, and bike repair stations – and active transportation outreach – shifted to the MPO-Planning department. To help ensure that this transition goes as smoothly as possible, Ryan was brought on board to work alongside Deb Reardon, manage all bike-related operations on a day-to-day basis, and expand outreach and education for all modes. Ryan brings quite a bit of educational experience to this role, with a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a master’s degree in Sustainable Transportation, along with some real-world experience as an Assistant City Planner for the City of Meridian, Idaho, and most recently working for the City of Las Vegas in their Long Range Planning division.
Ryan’s first set of wheels was a beautiful red and yellow Sesame Street tricycle. He currently rides a Trek Verve 3 with a toddler seat on the back. He says, “As an Active Transportation Outreach Coordinator, I do not condone the lack of a helmet, but somehow I survived.” Some of Ryan’s favorite trails in the region include Red Rock Scenic Loop, River Mountains Trail Loop, and I-215 West Beltway Trail (“exclusively for its proximity to where I live; it’s not the prettiest trail and the hills are pretty brutal!”) Ryan is also a hiker favoring hikes on Mount Charleston such as Mary Jane Falls and Cathedral Rock.
You may have met Ryan at the recent Bike2Art ride on Sunday, October 16, but if not, you’ll get a chance to meet him at the upcoming December 10th Holiday Ride.
Every day is a good day for a ride. See you out there!