CYCLE lane plans have been dropped from a £2.5m road scheme in Huddersfield - because the route is more than a mile uphill.
Highways chiefs had proposed the cycle lane in Bradford Road, on its stretch from Fartown Bar to Bradley Bar.
But now the plan has been abandoned because the huge drag would be too daunting for most people.
A cycle group admitted most riders would be put off by the strenuous effort needed.
Kirklees Cycling Forum said that few cyclists would use the reserved lane.
Road officials added that reducing the road width to make room for the cycle lane would cause traffic congestion at certain points.
Work on the Bradford Road scheme - including the reconstruction of the road and pavements - is expected to start early next year and take seven months.
Included in the project will be:
* Improved bus shelters, pedestrian islands and dropped kerbs.
* Changes to traffic lights at Fartown Bar, including detectors to give priority to buses.
* A peak-hour bus lane out of Huddersfield from Honoria Street to the Harp pub.
Highways officials have dropped initial proposals to ban left-turns into Spaines Road and right-turns into Willow Lane East.
Assistant highways director Terry Brown said: "This is one of our key corridor improvements.
"There has been significant public consultation which has resulted in changes to the original scheme."