Wayne Mears' passion for cycling brought him to PennDOT
November 06, 2020 08:00 AM
Wayne Mears works full time in PennDOT's communications department, but during his off hours, he is back in his saddle. No, Wayne isn't a cowboy—he is a bicyclist. His passion for biking and safety led him to a job at PennDOT 8 years ago.
"I don't remember a time when I didn't bike," Wayne said. He has ridden the Sea Gull Century twice, starting at Salisbury University and riding to Assateague and back. Generally, Wayne leads a group 2-3 times per week and they average 30-40 miles per ride. He likes to show others the joy of riding, talk to other's about bicycle safety and lead groups. Gung Ho Bike shop sponsors a Facebook page that Wayne manages to engage and educate other riders.
Wayne also has an intensive background in illustration, layout and design. Before PennDOT, he worked mostly with direct response advertising. He was responsible for over 70 million mailers per year plus the insertion planning and buying of media. "At times, we would print enough to fill three train cars of paper per month," Wayne said.