FRIENDS of a motorcyclist killed in an accident have paid a touching tribute to the “nicest guy” they had met.
A gang of 20 leather clad enthusiasts drove slowly through the city yesterday to honour Ian Lucas, who was killed last Wednesday in Holyrood Park.
They rode from the Black Bull at Grassmarket to the place where the Leith 45-year-old died before joining up with the funeral party at Warriston Crematorium.
Underneath their biking gear, the sombre pals were all wearing suits and black ties.
One said: “We can’t believe he’s gone.”
Mr Lucas was knocked from his bike by a car before being run over by another vehicle near Meadowbank, close to St Margaret’s Loch.
Friends paid tribute to Mr Lucas, known as Luke, who was an experienced rider and well known in biking circles.
Stuart Andrews, 32, founder of the Random Riders Edinburgh biking group, said he was a popular character and all-round “good guy”.
He said: “He was one of the nicest, friendliest guys ever. He worked with the homeless and was just a really nice, genuine guy.
“We wanted to do something for him and thought this would be what he’d have wanted.
“He loved riding and had been doing it for as long as he was old enough. He had never had a crash and was one of the most careful riders you could ever know.
“We have the Random Riders Facebook group, where we offer advice and go out with younger riders and talk about safety.
“He would always be at the back of the group, making sure everyone was OK.”
Motorcyclists from across Edinburgh and South Queensferry converged to accompany Mr Lucas on his final journey. Originally from Devon, he studied nursing and health sciences at Queen Margaret University in the Capital. His family travelled up for the service and agreed it was a fitting tribute.
They also gave the football fan a West Bromwich shirt with “RIP Bro” written in gold lettering across the front.
Flowers mark the spot where Mr Lucas was killed. Paramedics worked to save him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The road was closed for several hours following the accident while road policing officers carried out their inquiries. Investigations into the cause are ongoing.
Mr Andrews said the group would often go on rides to north Scotland. The Facebook page has now been dedicated to his memory with the simple message “Ride in Peace”.
He said: “It’s like you’re part of one big family with bikers. It’s a terrible thing to happen. He was such a nice person, it’s always the good ones that are taken. He died doing what he loved and I think he would have loved this, too.”