Tributes have been paid to a cyclist killed on London Bridge on Saturday evening in what eyewitnesses described as a “tragic accident.”
Chris Tandy, a manager with the British Council, was thrown from his bike after clipping the central reservation of the bridge and fell into the path of oncoming traffic, reports the London Evening Standard.
A British Council colleague of the 28-year-old from Hackney said: “It’s tragic. He was such an honourable guy who did so much for so many people. His team are devastated.
“Chris’s death goes beyond the borders of London. He worked with people from 80 countries and there’s been messages coming in from all over the world.”
The organisation’s director of education, Rebecca Hughes, added: “Chris Tandy worked in the British Council’s Education team as the manager for our Going Global conference, and was a hugely talented, dedicated, respected and a liked colleague to all he worked with, who will be dearly missed.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his partner and his family.”
One of his friends said: “He was wonderful, he was so optimistic and looking forward to the future. His family and girlfriend are devastated. He had been in training for a bike ride.”
City of London Police did not arrest the driver of the vehicle involved in the fatal incident, which took place at around 7.30pm on Saturday evening.
Passers-by tried in vain to resuscitate Mr Tandy, who had been riding his bike northbound across the bridge, with one running to the nearby Monument Underground station to fetch emergency equipment.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.