A GRIEVING widower has told the Enfield Independent how important cycle safety measures are after his wife was killed in a hit-and-run.
Tamás Mező says he has "lost everything" after Anita Szucs was knocked off her bike in Bounces Road, Edmonton, at 1.45am, on Monday, February 6.
The 30-year-old, who was on her way home from a night shift at Lidl's distribution centre in Ardra Road, got married last March and the happy couple had planned to honeymoon in Japan.
Speaking to the Enfield Independent, Mr Mezo said: “People say I lost my other half, but it feels much worse than that. I lost everything, and I am nothing without Anita.
“Anita and I had a great life together. We travelled a lot, saw many beautiful places and spent money on the people we loved.
“We laughed and cried together. We kept each other on the right path. We shared a concern for the environment and a love of animals.
“We never stopped saying “I love you”. We have no regrets and I know that Anita left this world with happiness in her heart.
"If you love somebody, tell them. Say it right now and do not stop saying it.”
Anita was the first cyclist to lose her life on London roads’ this year, but since then a further two cyclists and two pedestrians have also been killed.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision and have been bailed until March.
Mr Mező added: “The statistics show ten London cyclists died last year, but this does not capture the true impact.
“When we say, ten cyclists died last year in a road collision it is not precise.
"We should say that ten families have come undone. When a hit-and-run driver killed Anita, that was the first tragedy and another tragedy continues to unfold.
“She was her father’s only child, and one of her mother’s three children. Her two siblings and their families are distraught with grief.
“Everyone on the streets has to respect the others. From the pedestrians to the hugest truck drivers. Only highlighting the problem is not enough.
“Questioning the mayor and pointing out trying to find a responsible person is not enough.
“There is a major problem with the transporting culture. Let’s come up with solutions.”
Mr Mező suggested that preventative measures such as school presentations to highlight the dangers, making sure there is space between vehicles and the reminding people to check their blind spot.