A STRETCH of London Road between Thornton Heath and Norbury is proving to be a hotspot for cycle crashes.
A list of Croydon roads where cycling accidents have been reported to the police has been released to the Advertiser by Transport for London (TfL).
It covers the period from January 2011 to April this year and shows 140 accidents where there was a casualty.
Of these, 15 took place along a 1.7-mile stretch of London Road between Dunheved Road North, Thornton Heath and Norbury Avenue, Norbury.
And on Tuesday, London Road was cordoned off after a lorry struck a cyclist about 6am.
A man in his 40s was taken to hospital following the accident near the junction of Norbury Crescent, although his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Kristian Gregory, from the Croydon Cycling Campaign, described the road as “unforgiving”.
Mr Gregory said: “What you’re seeing on London Road is the speed of traffic is being prioritised over the safety of more vulnerable road users.
“Croydon is really falling behind other boroughs in terms of providing a safe environment for cyclists.”
Cyclist Shasha Khan, leader of Croydon Green Party, said he would like the relevant bodies to take a look at what improvements can be made on this stretch of the London Road.
He said: “Why wait? There’s no point in waiting for a fatality. They should look at it now to prevent any further injuries.”
Sixteen of the 140 accidents were regarded as “serious” – which includes broken bones, tendon or ligament damage.
The figures do not include the accident where tube driver Neil Turner, 31, was killed as he cycled down Mitcham Road in July.