Apex, N.C. — The North Carolina Bicycle Club turned its annual Summer Rally into a memorial for a bike safety advocate who died in a collision with a car in Apex last Saturday.
Bruce W. Rosar, 52, of Cary, died after turning left from Salem Street onto Apex Peakway and crossed in the path of an oncoming car. Police said neither Rosar nor the car driver could see the other until impact. The driver wasn't charged.
Rosar, owner of Triangle Roadway Bicycling, had been bicycling in the Triangle for more than two decades. He was a defensive driving expert and a leader in national and regional cycling groups.
After his death, the NC Bicycle Club quickly changed plans for its annual ride Sunday to celebrate the life of Rosar, a past president of the club. Some 260 riders took part in the rally.
The group added a 7.5 mile ride so that friends of Rosar who are inexperienced cyclists could join. The rally also had 100K, 40 mile and 20 mile rides. At the start and finish lines, bicyclists could drop off or write cards and letters for Rosar's family.
Cyclists were encouraged to wear black armbands and bring squeaky toys. Organizers said Rosar always had a squeaky toy on the handlebars of his bicycle.
Safety, though, is the best way to remember Rosar, according to the NC Bicycling Club.
"One of the best ways we can celebrate Bruce's life and his many efforts is to drive our bicycles on this ride, and every day going forward, to be fully conscious of all traffic (bicycles, cars, skaters, pedestrians, etc.) around us, and to drive predictably and courteously," the group posted on its Web site.
The NC Bicycling Club suggested giving donations in memory of Rosar to the following organizations:
Second Chance Pet Adoptions
6003 Chapel Hill Rd.
Raleigh, N.C. 27607
PO Box 897
Wake Forest, N.C. 27588
Phone: 919-556-5178 or (800) 556-5178
Web site: www.TheClassicalStation.org
Reference: The Rosar Memorial
10 T.W. Alexander Drive
PO Box 14900
Research Triangle Park, N.C. 27709-4900
Web site: www.unctv.org