Cyclist rides in memory of friend killed in Dalston crash

Daniel Barnes – raising money and awareness

On the 11th July, 29 year old Daniel Barnes will compete in this years Etape du Tour ride to help raise money in memory of his friend Dan Cox, who was killed by a left-turning lorry in Dalston junction in February this year.

Starting in Modane Valfréjus and covering 109km to the summit of Alpe d’Huez, The Etape du Tour is a grueling 60 mile ride that allows amateur cyclists to attempt one of Tour de France’s most feared stages; and one that is sure to prove decisive in this years professional race. Of the 6000 riders that
attempted last year’s etape, 2000 failed to complete the event. The route will cover three of cycling’s classic climbs, and marks the centenary of the tour visiting Alpe du Huez.

In February this year, Daniel’s close friend Dan Cox, described as ‘a future star of the art world’ by the art gallery where he worked as a curator, was hit by a left-turning lorry whilst cycling to work.

After a brave fight Dan tragically later died of his injuries, despite the best efforts of the medical team at the Royal London hospital where he received treatment. His friends later erected a ghost bike at the scene of his accident at Dalston Junction as a lasting memorial, which is still decorated with fresh tributes five months later, and and acts as a reminder to drivers and cyclists alike of the dangers of cycling in the capital.

Following the tragic accident, the London Cycling Campaign renewed its ‘No more Lethal lorries’ campaign, which aims to improve cyclist safety by improving driver education and awareness. It is this campaign, along with the Intensive Care unit of the Royal London hospital, that Daniel will be
raising funds for through donations and sponsorship for his ride.

The London Cycling Campaign have been very supportive of Daniel’s fund-raising and commented: “With improved education, for cyclists and drivers alike, and improved safety measures such as blind-spot mirrors, the number of people killed and injured on the roads could be greatly reduced.”

The two Dans – left Dan Cox, right Daniel Barnes

Barnes is more aware than most of the dangers of cycling in the city. In 2009 he was himself the victim of a hit and run whilst cycling home from work. The accident left him with a dislocated shoulder and broken clavicle, and required several operations and the addition of a titanium plate
and screws to stabilize his injuries.

You would think that after nearly 18 months of physio,  his most recent operation only in January this year, weeks before the death of his friend in a similar accident, he would be planning a more sedate recovery. Not so. Barnes is determined to support both the London Cycling Campaign and the medical staff who helped his friend Dan Cox. “I want to ensure other people are afforded the same amazing care that Dan was given. I also felt it was important to support the London Cycling Campaign’s efforts to improve the safety of cyclists on the capital’s roads. Tragically, collisions like Dan’s are
far from isolated and are becoming far more commonplace than
they need to be”,  says Barnes.

He hopes to raise over £3000 before he sets off on the 11thJuly, and has so far had fantastic support in raising over £2000.

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