THE legacy of a globetrotting student accidentally killed after falling from her bike on Botley Road is stronger than ever, her father says.

But trek to the deepest parts of the Bolivian jungle and people will still know the name Claudia Comberti.

The 31-year-old cyclist, from East Oxford, died when she fell off her bike and was struck by a bus heading into Oxford.

Exactly one year on, tributes still decorate a bike left at the Botley Road junction opposite McDonald's and friends are planning a festival in her name.

Even a remote community in South America was left reeling at the news and remembers her fondly.

Ms Comberti, who was a student at Oxford University's School of Geography and the Environment, travelled the world as part of her research into how climate change is affecting indigenous communities.

It was a continuation of her previous work in geography at Cambridge University, through which she travelled to various areas across the globe.

One particular group she visited a handful of times was the highly remote Bolivian Toromona people, who live near the upper Madidi and Heath Rivers.

Last month, Ms Comberti's dad Sebastian and twin sister Olivia visited to spread her ashes last month.

Mr Comberti said: "I wanted to visit the communities in the rainforest, I am not sure why but I just felt I had to.

"I felt very drawn there as she loved the place.

"I wasn’t sure what I was looking for but after four plane rides, a six hour drive, a river boat and trek through the rainforest we discovered the most wonderful communities who all missed Claudia.

"It was quite extraordinary to travel all that way and find people still miss her and see she had left some sort of legacy."

The pair went on the same journey Ms Comberti, who also has a brother and half-brother, made a handful of times to research how these communities have to adapt to climate change and the problems it throws their way in terms of extreme floods or droughts.

Mr Comberti said: "She had not just been there as a researcher, she said part of her work was to get involved in the community and see how they worked.

"She went hunting, harvesting and really lived among them which made her very popular – she even was part of the football team.

"They just really missed her and said how they had never come across anyone quite like her."

The pair were told countless tales of Ms Comberti's escapades with the group including her first hunting mission, which she insisted on joining despite being a woman.

The hunt ultimately ended with Ms Comberti tripping and slicing her hand with a machete and being sent off on a five hour boat ride to get stitches at the nearest medical centre.

Other stories included how Ms Comberti, who was a Tottenham Hotspur fan, joined in with the football team over there and got stuck into all aspects of their lives.

Following the trip, the Comberti family gifted the community with Ms Comberti's personalised spurs shirt and have offered to provide a football strip for them.

They also plan to help fund kit for a medical centre so the next person that slices their hand doesn't have to go on the same arduous journey for treatment.

A travel bursary was set up last year with the School of Geography and the Environment as a testament to Ms Comberti's passion for her research and has since been awarded to another young explorer.

An exhibition of the globetrotter's work also currently decorates a wall at the School and will be on show throughout the month.

Tom Thornton, academic supervisor to Ms Comberti, said: "She was an absolute pleasure to work with.

"She was very driven and very motivated and the photos really show her character and drive, as well as her field work trying to understand the environmental issues and how communities adapt to them.

"To do that you need the best science and best local knowledge, and she exemplified that approach and the photos show that commitment."

This month, friends plan to celebrate the researcher's life with a Fiesta de Claudia on May 26 at Hogacre Common.

There will be music, games and people will wear red bandanas - which have become a tribute to Ms Comberti, and decorate bikes and trees across the world.

Elsewhere cycling groups including Broken Spoke and Cyclox are continuing to push for greater safety measures in the city as part of a 'Claudia Charter'.

Cyclox chairman Simon Hunt said: "The charter launched towards the end of last year with three main principles.

"We want to see greater respect for vulnerable road users, a political commitment to increase cycle safety and for safer highways for cycle users."

The team are currently working on the specific changes they are calling for and hope to see implemented on Oxford's roads.

The charter has so far received backing from Oxford University and Oxford City Council.

Mr Comberti added: "I think it is an absolute credit her friends are keeping her memory alive so strongly.

"She was a very lovely person who was interested in everybody and everything.

"She couldn't absorb life fast enough and what she crammed into her life was quite extraordinary."