NICE is calling on local councils to encourage people to be more physically active by improving routes for pedestrians, cyclists and other users.
NICE’s updated guidance on physical activity and the environmeblint pushed today (22 March) aims to help people be more active through improvements to the built environment and public transport and better access to the countryside.
Among a number of recommendations the guideline says councils should ensure that footpaths and cycle routes are convenient, safe and attractive to use. It says paths and cycle routes should be maintained to a high standard, including the removal of any hazards like tree roots and keeping obstructions such as parked cars, hanging baskets or bins out of the way.
NICE is also calling for additional support for those with limited mobility. This could be people with disabilities, visual impairments or those who may find it challenging to get around, such as parents using prams. Recommendations for this group include providing step-free access on public transport, such as buses or trains, to ensure that it is accessible for everyone.