Campaigners say giving the controversial Mini Holland an award is a “laughable joke.”

Waltham Forest Council’s cycle scheme, as well as Enjoy Waltham Forest Cycling, have bothbeen shortlisted for a people’s choice civil engineering award for making a “positive impact” to London.

But the £30million scheme, designed to make things safer for cyclists, has proved unpopular amongst residents since it was launched in 2013 because it has seen a pattern of road closures.

Wendy Davis, a spokesman of Waltham Forest Streets 4 All, said: “It’s a joke, it’s laughable.

“We’re thinking of setting up a raspberry awards and giving one to Mini Holland for being the worst ever scheme imposed on hapless citizens.

“There’s a whole group of people of a like mind giving each other these awards, they’re a laughing stock as far as Walthamstow residents are concerned.

“There’s been no controversy surrounding the scheme in Kingston. Here, it’s like the English civil war.  People absolutely hate each other over this issue.

“It’s an appalling scheme – they assume if you criticise the scheme at all they assume you hate cyclists.”

Other shortlisted projects include Crossrail, a Victoria and Albert museum exhibition and the Chelsea to Battersea tunnel.

The shortlisting is part of the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards and voting closes Monday May 14.

The entry with most votes will receive the ICE London People’s Choice Award trophy at the main awards ceremony at One Great George Street on Thursday May 24.

A spokesman for the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards said: “As part of the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards 2018, in association with SNC-Lavalin and Atkins, members of the public have the chance to vote for their favourite shortlisted infrastructure project.”

Councillor Clyde Loakes, cabinet member for the environment, said: “It is an honour to be nominated by the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers for the People’s Choice award and I urge everyone to vote for us.

“The Enjoy Waltham Forest programme was the first of its kind in the UK and we have been ambitious and pioneering in order to increase cycling and improve the borough’s air quality for everyone to enjoy.

“Changes have resulted in reduced traffic on previously congested roads, made it safer and easier to get around by bike, encouraged more businesses to open in pedestrianised roads and created more pocket parks for everyone to enjoy.”

He added: “As well as changes to our borough’s roads we have complemented the programme by offering our residents free bike hire and cycle training for children and adults, arranged monthly free bicycle repairs sessions, made it easier for bike owners to park their bikes outside their homes and at train stations, as well as provided cycle hire schemes with Urbo and Brompton to ensure that bike ownership is not a barrier to experiencing Waltham Forest on two wheels.”

To vote for your favourite scheme, visit the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards website here.