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Cyclist dead after crash in East London at weekend

57-year-old was 12th rider to die in a collision in London this year

London's roads claimed their twelfth cyclist's life of the year when a 57-year-old man died after being hit by a car in Aldgate in Saturday.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was involved in a collision with a silver Toyota Yaris on Leman Street around 7am.

He was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries on Sunday.

The 46-year-old driver was arrested at the scene and has been bailed until February.

The victim's next of kin have been informed; a post-mortem will be performed.

A local shopkeeper told Anna Dubuis of the Evening Standard: “The whole street was cordoned off and there were a lot of police around.

“There was one car that was parked in the middle of the road that I think was involved in the accident. The man had already been taken to hospital but there was a pair of shoes left in the road and a bike on the pavement.

“It is very quiet around here at 7am, there aren’t many cars around.”

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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