Fifth cyclist killed in London road carnage died in bus crash 48 hours after turning 21

The mother of a cyclist killed in a collision with a bus today paid tribute to her son who died just 48 hours after his 21st birthday.

The mother of a cyclist killed in a collision with a bus today paid tribute to her son who died just 48 hours after his 21st birthday.

Khalid al-Hashimi was cycling home from visiting friends in Whitechapel to celebrate his birthday when he was involved in a fatal crash.

He was the fifth of six London cyclists killed in two weeks and the family is now calling for more action to reduce the death toll of cyclists on London’s roads.

Mrs Wahab added: “He was very experienced on a bike and had been cycling since he was five. The junction where this happened is a death trap and something needs to be done to stop this waste of life.”

Cycle campaigners lobbied the Mayor at City Hall as he was asked to apologise to the families of dead cyclists and urged to speed-up Transport for London’s implementation of new road safety measures.

Lib-Dem Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon said: “It’s not fast enough. I think you as chair of TfL need to make sure that officers there start working at the pace Londoners want them to rather than in their traffic engineer world that seems to take years and years for the smallest change to happen.”

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