London's cycling community mourns the sudden death of Southwark's Barry Mason
On Friday we were saddened to hear of the sudden death of Barry Mason, coordinator of Southwark Cyclists, who died in a swimming accident while on holiday in Spain.
Everyone at the London Cycling Campaign, including staff and the board of trustees, has been greatly saddened to hear of the shocking news, and we send our deepest sympathies to Barry's partner Cheryl and all his family and friends.
Barry's ability to encourage and enthuse everyone he met has helped
transform cycling in London, and the lives of many of us.
In 2006 we named Barry as the 'London Cycling Personality of the Year'
at the London Cycling Awards.
His leadership at Southwark Cyclists helped them become the most active and exciting local cycling campaign.
Previously he re-invigorated Greenwich Cyclists, he also had been a board member of LCC.
Across London, Barry is best known for supporting the Dunwich Dynamo
ride. This magical, annual 200km night ride from London to the lost city
of Dunwich on the Suffolk coast has relied on Barry to organise the return trip to London.
Barry's death is an irreplaceable loss. So many of us have been
caught up with his enthusiasm for life, and cycling, we can hope to carry
on his example.