CARY, NC (BRAIN)—League of American Bicyclists board member Bruce Rosar died over the weekend, colliding with a car while riding his bike in Apex, North Carolina.
Rosar, 56, was also a founder of the N.C. Coalition for Bicycle Driving, an organization that works to educate bikers on safe ways to ride, while emphasizing that bicycles have as much right to the roadways as cars do.
"I can say that while Bruce had only been on the League board since March '08, he was very active for years in the Raleigh/Durham area; serving on the board of the North Carolina Bicycling Club, the North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance, and a number of planning committees and boards in Cary [North Carolina] and neighboring communities," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "His passion was bicycling education and skills; he was certified as League instructor quite early on in the history of the program (#319 – we’re now well up over #2000), and cyclists across the state of North Carolina benefited from his commitment to the cause of safe cycling."
Clarke met Rosar a few times before he joined the board, including at the presentation of the Cary, North Carolina Bicycle Friendly Community award.
"After he joined the board he leapt right into a strategic planning meeting in Martinsville, Virginia, without any hesitation," Clarke said. "We’ll definitely miss his thoughtful and considered approach to issues affecting bicyclists, as well as his permanent smile and always gracious demeanor."