Bike bags have been banned from the streets of London after a cyclist was killed by a car.

More than 2,500 cyclists have been killed in the capital in the past five years, according to figures from the London Cycling Campaign.

But the new regulations, which come into force in January, have been hailed by the group as an “important step forward”.

The city’s mayor, Boris Johnson, said: “Bike bags are now completely banned from London streets, which is a huge step forward in making the capital safer and more bike-friendly.”

He said the new rules were part of a larger drive to improve safety.

“These new rules mean cyclists can get home from work safely and safely with all their gear on, as well as having access to a helmet, a bicycle, and an emergency exit for cars and other road users,” he said.

London Mayor Boris Johnson speaks to a press conference at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ahead of the start of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

He added that cyclists should be able to take their bikes on London’s roads, and that this would improve the city’s safety.

“We need to keep our streets safe for everyone, including cyclists,” he added.

The City of London Police said it was working closely with Transport for London and other police forces to make the changes effective.

It said it would work with local authorities and other partners to make sure all Londoners had access to all types of cycling equipment, including bike bags.

Police are currently carrying out extensive training for officers to ensure that the new restrictions are as effective as possible.

Anyone caught cycling in a bicycle bag can be fined up to £25, but cyclists caught breaking other rules can be prosecuted for up to two years in jail.

A police spokesperson said: “We are aware of this incident and will be working closely to understand how it happened and ensure it does not happen again.”

A spokesperson for the London Olympics Organising Committee said the changes were in place to “address the concerns of the wider community” and to “improve safety and security”.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the cyclist who tragically lost their life and with the countless people who use our streets every day to travel safely,” the statement said.

“We recognise the importance of keeping cyclists safe on our streets and will continue to work with the police and other authorities to make these changes as quickly as possible.”