CYCLE safety campaigners are preparing to stage their annual ride in memory of two people killed in separate accidents at the same junction.

Members and supporters of the Southampton Cycling Campaign will ride through the New Forest tomorrow to celebrate the lives of Kieran Dix and Dr Mark Brummell.

Their 25-mile route will include Ipley Crossroads, scene of the two fatalities.

Two years ago the junction on the B3056 Lyndhurst to Dibden road was named as one of the worst in the country for rural collisions involving cyclists.

New figures showed that seven crashes at the isolated spot were reported to police between 2009 and 2015.

The accident toll emerged after digital mapping company Mapmechanics analysed national data from the Department for Transport and discovered that accidents involving cyclists had resulted in 139,628 casualties over the six-year period.

The figures were released just days after Mr Dix, 36, of Eastleigh, died in hospital - two months after a collision at the notorious crossroads.

Dr Brummell, 53, a former University of Southampton physics lecturer from Shirley, was fatally injured at the same junction in 2012.

Following his death a white-painted bicycle was left at the scene of the tragedy but was later removed.

So-called Ghost Bikes have appeared across the UK after fatal crashes involving cyclists. The memorials aim to encourage motorists to take extra care near bicycles.

Southampton Cycling Campaign members will set off from the Ship Inn, Redbridge, at 10am.

Spokeswoman Lindsi Nluemel said: "There will be a coffee stop at the Bold Forester pub in Marchwood and lunch at Spot in the Woods in Woodlands.

"At Ipley Cross we will stop for a short time to remember Mark and Kieran and all cyclists injured at these crossroads. We will also observe the effectiveness of the 'STOP' signs erected by Hampshire County Council to make the junction safe for cyclists.

"Everyone who cycles is welcome to join this 25-mile ride, which will be at a leisurely pace suitable for all."