We are heartbroken at the loss of our friend and colleague, Durwood Mayfield, on May 13, 2020. See Durwood’s obituary here.
After owning and operating muffler shops and working as a professional owner-operator truck driver, Durwood found a new passion as a bicycle advocate. He started as a mountain bike rider and then began volunteering as a trail builder for the West Texas Cycling Association.
His passion for life and bicycling led him to BikeTexas. As an encore career, Durwood Mayfield worked and volunteered at BikeTexas for over 10 years. On behalf of BikeTexas he represented Texans who ride bikes in Lubbock, all over the state, and at the state Capitol. As a citizen lobbyist, he met with senators and state representatives and their staffs and testified before legislative committees.
He first worked as an outreach coordinator for BikeTexas’s Safe Routes to School program. He soon became the manager of all the regional outreach coordinators. His work resulted in thousands of additional children safely biking and walking to school. Durwood’s enthusiasm was infectious. He and his wife Allene traveled all over Texas as BikeTexas Ambassadors attending bicycle events and sharing their love of bicycling and its benefits.
Durwood loved getting children and families on bikes. But he didn’t stop there. He co-managed an annual bipartisan bike ride for state legislators that was in a different city every year from Boston to Seattle, New Orleans to Louisville. Durwood was recognized as the recipient of the BikeTexas Champion Award for his impact on bicycling.
Durwood could always be found in a crowd of people. All you had to do was follow the laughter. He loved to make people laugh and he was very good at it. Durwood was generous with his time and advice. Texas is a better place because of his time on earth. He will not be forgotten.