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Cyclist dead after bus collision in Washington, Tyne & Wear

Believed to be the 12th cyclist fatality of 2015

Northumbria police are reporting another cycling fatality after a man was involved in a collision with a bus this morning, January 15.

According to the police report:

Police received a report of a collision in Washington.

At around 7.40am officers attended the scene at the A1231slip road from Spire Road where a cyclist and a bus had collided.

One man has been declared dead at the scene.

The Barmston on and off slip roads are closed at this time and diversions are in place.

The Sunderland Echo reports that the casualty was the cyclist.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson 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 editor 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 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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