London, England (Reuters) – The British government has said it will not extend the so-called “crisis” on wheels programme, a measure that has been criticized as ineffective in reducing the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured in collisions.
Britain has seen more than 50,000 cyclists killed in road traffic accidents since the scheme was introduced in July 2013.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government would “never” allow a similar programme to be used again.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan told Reuters on Thursday he was “disappointed” by Johnson’s decision and would ask his Cabinet colleagues to review the measure.
“It is a shame the government has abandoned its plan to implement a scheme that has proven ineffective and ineffective in protecting our city,” Khan said.
The city’s Mayor Sargon Ibrahim told the Reuters news agency that he would ask parliamentarians to review Johnson’s “unjustified” decision.
Johnson said the move would “make a mockery” of the “historic commitment” to bicycle safety in Britain.
He said he was not concerned about cyclists’ safety, as the scheme had not been linked to any deaths or serious injuries.
The government had said it would extend the programme to cover all roads in England, though it would also apply to the roads of some cities.
Johnson is seeking re-election in May and has promised to push ahead with plans to make London safer for cyclists.
In August, the London mayor ordered the closure of the city’s notorious Cycle Superhighway in a bid to stem a surge in cyclist deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads.