Cyclists remember dead student

The Oxford Times: Victim: Tsz Fok Victim: Tsz Fok

A WHITE bicycle was laid at the spot where a student was killed, as part of an international tribute for dead cyclists.

Tsz Fok, 22, died in a cycling accident at the junction of Parks Road and Broad Street, Oxford, in a collision with a recycling lorry last month. On Friday evening a white 'ghost bike' was chained to a post near the spot where the third-year engineering student from Worcester College lost his life.

About 15 cyclists then took part in a 'Ride of Silence' through the city to pay tribute to all bike riders who have been killed on the roads.

Organiser Dan Harris, of Oxford Cycle Workshop, said: "This is about us as a community.

"Never mind the politics behind being a cyclist or a driver in this city, someone died on a bike and we wanted to mark the fact that the cycling community of Oxford has lost someone."

After locking the cycle at the junction the cyclists rode together along Parks Road, through Jericho and the city centre before returning to The Sheldonian Theatre in Broad Street.

One cyclist wore a sign announcing it was a 'Ride of Silence' to warn motorists and pedestrians.

Mr Harris added: "It is a brilliant city to cycle around and a fabulous place to own a bike.

"As a cyclist I see dangers from pedestrians through to buses and I don't think any one group can be singled out as a problem."

The ride is an international event that was taking place in cities across the world last week.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Oxford East, joined Friday's ride and called for improvements to be made to the junction where Mr Fok was killed.

He said: "I am a keen cyclist and we need to make sure the roads are cycle friendly and safer.

"This junction should be made safer with a larger turning circle for cars to avoid bikes."

After Mr Fok died, more than 40 floral tributes were left against the railings outside the Bodleian Library, opposite the crash site, by friends and family.

Oxfordshire County Council is continuing to review possible measures to improve the junction. Council officers are examining the traffic lights and handing out road safety advice for students.

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