Dave Bachman, (former) PennDOT Ped-Bike Coordinator – RIP

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I realize that most of you will not find relevence in this posting. But, I don’t know the extent of Dave’s circles or influence in Western PA, so thought it worth sharing anyway.

Rest in Peace, Dave. A day hardly goes by when you don’t come to mind. You will be missed.

Dave was a good man, trying to make a large and arcane agency do something different. It was a hard row to hoe, but he kept fighting the good fight. I appreciated that about him.

From Brian Sanders, current PennDOT Ped-Bike Coordinator:

Dear friends and co-workers,

It is with deep sorrow that I share the news of our good friend and co-worker David Bachman, who passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Patti Marshall, Dave’s assistant bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for many years, called me yesterday afternoon to inform me that Dave had completed a bicycle ride Saturday morning, laid down on the sofa to watch the Tour De France, fell asleep, experienced a heart issue in his sleep, and never awakened. His obituary can be viewed at: http://obit.cocklinfuneralhome.com/obitdisplay.html?id=1087329&listing=Current.

He will be missed by thousands that knew him, and by millions whom he served. I succeeded Dave as PennDOT’s Bike/Ped Coordinator a couple of years ago, and have continued to learn from his vast and thorough understanding of how to be a safe pedestrian and cyclist. I estimate that there are about 12 million PA recipients of Dave’s life work. I am extremely proud to call Dave my mentor, co-worker, fellow-cyclist, appreciator-of-so-many-things, and most importantly, friend.

Dave worked for the Department for 22 years, first as an archaeologist, then for 16 years as the PennDOT’s Statewide Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator and, most recently, as the Manager of the Local Safety Programs.

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Please remember Dave’s family: wife Pat, daughter Megan, and son Corey.

And remember to cherish every moment with your family, friends, and loved ones.

With a heavy heart,


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