PROPOSALS to create a new cycle route linking Bradford city centre to the South of the district will be discussed today.

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans will be discussed during a remote meeting of West Yorkshire Combined Authority this morning, with members likely to agree to adding the proposals to its list of future transport priorities.

In Bradford the plans will see improved cycle facilities from the city centre to Tong Street, and a route from Laisterdyke to Low Moor.

It will include both mixed and segregated traffic lanes and new signal crossings.

Proposed cycling routes would link city centre to South of District

Parts of Keighley town centre, including North Street at Cavendish Street, would become a "core walking zone" with new pedestrian friendly features, including new crossings and side roads closed off to traffic.

The plans were first discussed by the Authority's Transport Committee in January.

As well as the Bradford district schemes, there will be a cycle and walking scheme in each of West Yorkshire's districts.

Calderdale would have a cycle route from Bailiff Bridge to Rastrick via Brighouse and a walking zone in Halifax.

Kirklees would have a cycle network in East Huddersfield and a walking network in Dewsbury town centre.

Leeds cycle networks would include routes from Regent Street to Chapel Allerton and the A61 to Oakwood.

The walking zone would be in Harehills.

Wakefield District would have new cycling routes from Wakefield to Newton Bar and Wakefield to Sandal and Agbrigg.

The walking route would be in Wakefield city centre.

A report to the Authority say the routes "can play a role in recovery from the COVID-19 crisis."

It adds: "The proposals identified through the work to date offer potential for consideration as shorter term trial interventions as well as guiding future investment.

"As part of the longer term recovery, investment informed by these LCWIPs will enable more people to walk and cycle for short everyday journeys, and help deliver the policies and targets of the West Yorkshire Transport Strategy 2040, in particular to increase the number of trips made on foot by 10 per cent and by bike by 300 per cent by 2027.

"Walking and cycling provide an alternative to more carbon intensive modes of transport for shorter journeys, offering potential to reduce carbon emissions and contribute to the target to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038."