Stop Killing Cyclists plan 'die in' protest for college caretaker killed on way to work in Holloway

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Scores of activists are to stage a “die-in” protest in north London after a college caretaker was killed while cycling to work.

Ardian Zagani became the sixth cyclist to be killed on the capital’s streets this year after being hit by a Ford Transit van as he commuted to work during Tuesday morning rush hour.

Protesters will gather on the spot where Mr Zagani was killed on Camden Road, Holloway, to hold a vigil in his memory

The campaigners, organised by London group Stop Killing Cyclists, will lie in the road in a bid to disrupt traffic and attract the attention of other motorists and Transport for London, who they are calling on to improve road safety.

Tributes were paid to Mr Zagani, who was aged in his 30s, from his colleagues at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London in Tottenham following his death.

Head of the college Andy Forbes said earlier this week: “We all knew him as ‘Sam’ and he was a very popular colleague who was bright, cheery and hardworking.

Campaign: Protesters from Stop Killing Cyclists outside TfL’s headquarters during a die-in protest in 2015. (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

“Many of us who knew Sam felt numbed yesterday. He will be sorely missed and our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

A close friend called him a “beautiful, exceptional person who was loved by everyone.”

The female driver of the van stopped at the scene and was initially arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, Scotland Yard said. She was de-arrested and interviewed under caution by police.

The die-in will be held on Camden Road at the junction with Hilldrop Crescent on Monday at 5.30pm.

Writing on the event page online, Stop Killing Cyclists urged people to bring flowers, candles and banners.

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