Cyclist killed in Olympic bus crash was from Wanstead

The cyclist killed in a collision with an Olympics media bus was Wanstead’s Dan Harris.

Dan, 28, who was known on Twitter as @gecko84 and was a follower of Wansteadium, had been cycling from Wanstead to the City, where he was a community manager for internet-based business card company Moo. His death has led to a widespread debate about cycle safety.

An online diary of his cycling showed he would take the route through Leytonstone, and go past the Olympic stadium into Victoria Park before heading to the City down Bethnal Green Road. The collision in happened at Ruckholt Road. As well as being active on Twitter, his Flickr page shows he was a talented photographer.

On his blog he described himself as “a social media strategist, community manager, web editor and marketing drone by trade. I’m a physicist by education. Go figure!”

This was his final tweet, sent on Wednesday lunchtime, a few hours before the crash.

His colleagues at Moo have posted this entry on their company blog, saying:

There are no words that can truly express how much we’ll all miss him, and his infectious enthusiasm, warmth and passion for life.

Wansteadium sends condolences to those who were close to him.

Update: The Evening Standard says a memorial cycle is planned for Dan for August 10.

Saddle up

Spare a thought this weekend for Wanstead’s Gabrielle Collard (@dollycreative) who is about to embark on a Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride (yes, that’s right, uphill).  She is planning to complete the 860-mile ride in 17 days, all in the aid of the Depression Alliance and the Maria Falco Trust.  You can follow her progress on her site, or donate if you wish through her JustGiving page.