Family's tribute to crash cyclist

Daniel Harris, 28, from Ilford, who died on Wednesday night after being hit by a bus carrying journalists near the Olympic Park (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Daniel Harris, 28, from Ilford, who died on Wednesday night after being hit by a bus carrying journalists near the Olympic Park (Metropolitan Police/PA)

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The family of a man who died after being run over by an official London 2012 bus near the Olympic park have paid tribute to him, saying everyone who knew him loved him for his "sense of humour, fun and adventure".

Daniel Harris, 28, from Ilford, died on Wednesday night after being hit by a bus carrying journalists in Stratford, east London.

The 65-year-old driver of the bus was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and was later bailed to return in late August, pending further inquiries.

Mr Harris's family described him as an experienced cyclist who had cycled across Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and back, and said he was "always ready to take on a challenge".

In a statement released through police, they said: "We as a family would like to thank everyone for their kind words of support over our tragic and devastating loss of a wonderful son and boyfriend. Everyone who knew Dan loved him for his sense of humour, fun and adventure.

"He was an experienced cyclist and we want it to be known that he was wearing a helmet. He wasn't just cycling because of the high profile it has received because of the Olympics, he was just going backwards and forwards to work as he always did."

Mr Harris's death prompted widespread calls to improve safety for road cyclists, and the campaign for bike safety found support in cycling gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins.

Safety campaigners said Mr Harris was the 10th cyclist to die in London since January, the same number as in the whole of 2010. At this rate, the number of cyclists killed on London's roads will exceed last year's death toll of 16, campaign groups fear.

But Mr Harris's family said they did not want his name to be associated with "political point-scoring".

They added: "Finally, our family do not want Daniel's name associated with any protests, or used for any 'political point-scoring' whatsoever by pro-cycling lobbyists or similar factions."

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