The government has handed out more than £20M for green transport schemes – with Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham the biggest winners.
Twenty-three English local authorities were awarded cash for sustainable travel initiatives designed to boost local economies.
Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, Manchester Combined Authority and Birmingham City Council scooped £2.5M each.
Transport minister Robert Goodwill said: “Green transport cuts congestion and improves air quality. It also offers the cheapest and healthiest way for people to access jobs and education.
“The schemes will make a real difference for residents and help provide better air quality for everyone. Our funding shows we are committed to improving lives through investment in sustainable transport.”
In Manchester more than 12,000 free and discounted bus and tram tickets will be made available to jobseekers over the next year, as will free recycled bikes and accessories. Work experience will be provided in the region’s transport sector, along with more than 3,000 adult cycle training places and 100 professional driver training sessions to increase cycle awareness.