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The first cyclist to die on London’s roads this year has been named as Rainham man Kevin Lane.

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The 53-year-old CCTV operator, from Maytree Close, received serious head injuries in the horror crash on Sunday when the bike he was riding was in collision with a car in Redbridge.

Family and work colleagues have said they were “shocked” and “devastated” by the loss of the cycling enthusiast.

Cycling safety campaigners gathered outside a town hall in protest at the death.

Paramedics and an air ambulance tried to save Mr Lane but he died after a cardiac arrest.

His sister Nicola Roden was said to be “devastated” by the news and relative Charlie Lane, who lives in the US, said on Twitter: “It’s times like these that I wish I knew family better – RIP Kevin Lane.”

Staff at Go-ahead bus depot in Tottenham, where Mr Lane worked for more than a decade, were called into a meeting on Monday to be told the news.

One colleague who worked with Mr Lane for three years, but did not want to be identified, said: “Kevin was such a calm guy. He was a really nice man and a good person. He always cycled. It’s just awful.”

Mr Lane was hit at about 12.30pm in High Road, Woodford Green.

The driver of the car, believed to be an elderly woman, stopped at the scene but was not arrested.

The road remained closed until about 5pm and one witness said the bike was under the car as paramedics worked to save him.

A neighbour of Mr Lane said: “He was a nice, quiet man and kept himself to himself. It’s such a shame.”

A spokesman for Go -ahead said: “We were shocked and saddened to learn of the death of our employee who died in a cycle incident.

“He was a regular cyclist who loved the sport. He will be missed by his colleagues and our thoughts are with his family.”

A candlelit vigil was held on Tuesday at Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford with members of the Stop Killing Cyclists campaign calling for a reduction in the speed limit.

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