White bicycle placed at scene of accident in memory of 20-year-old cyclist

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A white bicycle in memory of a young man who was killed in a collision while cycling earlier this month has been placed near the spot where he died.

Kit Isambard Pentlow, 20, of Banbury, died on the A422 Hennef Way when his bicycle was in collision with a blue Scania lorry.

His parents, David and Virginia, have placed a white bike at the roundabout near the Toby Carvery, in Ermont Way, to pay tribute to him and as a reminder to drivers of the vulnerability of cyclists in traffic.

It is also to raise awareness of the number of cyclist fatalities on the road.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Mrs Pentlow said she was told about the phenomenon, which is common in London and Europe, by her brother-in-law.

She said: “It is basically to remind everyone to take care on the roads. The A422 will only get busier.

“My brother-in-law is a keen cyclist and he knew about the white bicycle idea. They are all over London. It is a way of saying, ‘There aren’t enough bicycle lanes.’

“Young people who can’t afford a car often cycle. Cycling has really taken off in this country.

“This is a reminder to take care and be careful.”

They will also be commissioning a plaque to go with the bicycle.

Mrs Pentlow added her son spent a lot of time in Bristol and had been working with Ideal community action group’s Domino Effect Project. He had been looking to start a foundation degree with Bristol University.

The group’s Domino Effect Project helps people with training and moving on in education.