Remembering Dave Evans
On Friday, December 15, 2017 road cycling in Jefferson County, and in Colorado at large, lost a tireless advocate and champion of everyday road cycling. Dave Evans, founder, and chairman of Bike Jeffco passed away suddenly from complications following an emergency heart surgery.
Bike Jeffco was formed in 1998 at the request of Jefferson County – initially to provide a forum to identify and prioritize the needs of on-road cyclists in Jefferson County, and to help get action on those priorities by the relevant county authority bodies. Dave was an active cycling commuter and provided real-time insight into road and trail conditions and needs. He truly “rode the talk” when it came to using cycling as mainstream transportation mode to enhance Jefferson County’s livability. For the last couple of years of Dave’s life, Dave’s back made it difficult for him to get out and ride, but he still spent time advocating for cycling causes.
Dave helped bring funds to the C-470 trail system that were in disrepair, he was instrumental in getting the Genessee bike path built to bridge the missing link and succeeded in getting legislation passed in Jefferson County to require all new roads and road projects to be cycling and pedestrian friendly.
Dave was a British citizen by birth, and we often kidded him that it was his accent that made him so effective – everyone would stop and listen to him. Truth is, though, that he networked constantly to be able to connect the needs of the people he talked with to those who could help get things done.
It’s a legacy of understanding that we all need to enable the respectful exchange of ideas to balance finite resources with needs of all types of road users.
Dave was a cycling champion and a friend of cyclists everywhere.
Based on an article written by Bill Plock 303cycling.com
You can take part in remembering Dave Evans
One of Dave’s final projects, and one he worked on for eleven years before it became a reality is the Genesee/El Rancho Bikeway. This was a monumental project, requiring the coordination of multiple state and local government entities, but one that Dave tirelessly endeavored to lobby for until it’s successful completion in 2016.
It is only fitting that a memorial to honor Dave and his contribution to the Jefferson County bicycling community be built along the bikeway.
The Bike Jeffco Board of Directors working with Dave Evans’ widow, Pattie Evans and Dave’s sister Ruth Evans are planning to install a bench near the Beaver Brook Trailhead Parking Lot and the Buffalo Viewing area. In cooperation with the Colorado Department of Transportation and Denver Mountain Parks, Bike Jeffco, with the help of donations from the cycling community will purchase and install the bench to commemorate the many years of dedication Dave contributed to making cycling safer in Jefferson County.
Dedication of the Dave Evans Memorial Bench was on
October 9, 2019.
Ruth Evans, Dave’s sister, was there who had just flown in
from Manchester, England and she gave a moving statement about her brother’s
legacy. Pattie Evans, Dave’s widow was there and greeted all attending. Other
speakers with tributes to Dave were Steve Durian with Jeffco Transportation and
Engineering, Dave Christie who worked on the original bikeway proposal with
Dave, Mike Raber, Stan Sunderwirth and a cycling partner of Dave’s who remains
unnamed as of this writing.