Albanian national Ardian Zagani suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a Ford Transit van just after 6am on Tuesday morning.
A passenger in the van attempted first aid on Mr Zagani but he was declared dead at the scene in Camden Road, Holloway, just minutes later.
He is the sixth cyclist to be killed on the capital’s roads this year.
Mr Zagani, in his 30s, was killed commuting to his first day back at work at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London in Tottenham where he worked as a caretaker.
Andy Forbes, the college principal, said: “Ardian was a member of our caretaking staff who had been with us for about a year based at our Tottenham Centre. We all knew him as ‘Sam’ and he was a very popular colleague who was bright, cheery and hardworking.
“Many of us who knew Sam felt numbed yesterday, as we found out that on a day seemingly like any other, on his journey into work that morning to open up the College, he had been so tragically killed. He will be sorely missed and our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
A close friend said: “I can’t believe this has happened. This is devastating he was a beautiful, exceptional person who was loved by everyone. He adored working at the college it was his life.”
Scotland Yard said the female driver of the van stopped at the scene and was initially arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
She was eventually de-arrested and interviewed under caution at a north London police station.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision to call officers at the Alperton Traffic Garage on 020 8991 9555 or via 101.