COMMUTERS in Huddersfield are being urged to ditch their cars and start walking.
In a bid to ease pollution and congestion caused by an increasing number of cars, Kirklees Council is planning better pedestrian facilities.
The Institution of Highways and Transportation says that in the last 20 years the number of journeys people walk has fallen by 10%.
This compares with a fall of 24% in the average distance travelled.
This shows people are now using their cars for shorter journeys.
The council aims to tempt people back to walking.
The Local Transport Plan, setting out West Yorkshire councils' visions, highlighted a need to improve conditions for pedestrians in Kirklees.
It was approved by the Kirklees Cabinet last month and some schemes have already been completed.
Clr Ann Denham, Cabinet member for the environment and transport, said: "Instead of reaching for the car keys reach for your shoes or trainers.
"Walking is good exercise and if you take your children it helps to teach them roadcraft skills.
"Walking is environmentally friendly and socially responsible."
"We have made significant investment over the last few months in improving street lighting, pavements and rights of way.
"We will be introducing more drop crossings, tactile pavements and audible signals at crossings."
The Local Transport Plan aims to improve public access to services and also promote the use of more environmentally friendly methods of transport.
The Spen Valley has already benefited, with surfacing, drainage and signs between Latham Lane and Oxford Road in Gomersal. In Huddersfield the footways from St John's Crescent at Birkby to Cemetery Road, Edgerton, have been improved.