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Ride honors Triangle cyclist killed in accident

Posted July 19, 2009

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— 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
Phone: 919-851-8404

WCPE
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

UNC-TV
10 T.W. Alexander Drive
PO Box 14900
Research Triangle Park, N.C. 27709-4900
Phone: 919-549-7000
Web site: www.unctv.org

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  • Voice of Reason 23 Jul 20, 2009

    "Cyclists travel on narrow byways where vehicles come upon them in curves or hills therefor the operators have no warning about cyclists. Cyclists need to put up signs indicating that they are in the area so that other drivers can be aware of their presence on the roadway."

    Really? If you are going so fast around blind curves or hills that you can't slow down for a cyclist who is probably going 15-20 mph in the same direction as you (so the difference in speed from you is that much smaller), then how do you expect to avoid tractors, or deer, or fallen trees, or any of a myriad of obsticles which can be on the road, around that same turn. That's why you are supposed to slow down when you can't see ahead of you on the road.

  • tatermommy52 Jul 20, 2009

    Cyclists travel on narrow byways where vehicles come upon them in curves or hills therefor the operators have no warning about cyclists. Cyclists need to put up signs indicating that they are in the area so that other drivers can be aware of their presence on the roadway.

  • withnailharrison Jul 20, 2009

    Nothing New,
    What is your point? Are you trying to say WRAL is not doing enough to cover the driver's side of the story (who probably has a lot of support, albeit less public in nature), or are you saying that someone who has worked so tirelessly to educate cyclists to follow the rules of the road didn't deserve this honor?

    Tatermommy52,
    DRIVERS need to be more careful as well, please don't forget that, BOTH PARTIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SAFETY. It only takes a few seconds to slow down, pass the cyclist in a reasonable and legal fashion, then speed back up. It only takes a few seconds, and you'll still get to where you're going.

  • jkca Jul 20, 2009

    Sounds like the cyclist turned left into a blind spot since it was reported that neither the driver or the cyclist saw one another until impact.

  • Nothing New Jul 20, 2009

    What if anything is being done for the driver of the car? Everything is focused on the poor biker, who apparently was not paying attention and more fucused on his riding than traffic.

  • tatermommy52 Jul 20, 2009

    Cyclists need to be more careful when riding on narrow roads. Orange County has a rash of cyclists being injured.

  • Commentor5 Jul 20, 2009

    "Ride honors Triangle cyclist killed in accident"

    What?

  • Voice of Reason 23 Jul 20, 2009

    I hope that all cars and cyclists followed the laws on Sunday, and were able to co-exist. That would be the legacy Bruce would have wanted.