This guideline covers encouraging people to increase the amount they walk or cycle for travel or recreation purposes.

NICE has also produced guidelines on providing brief advice on physical activity to adults in primary care.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Commissioners, managers and practitioners
  • Members of the public

Is this guideline up to date?

We checked the guideline in March 2016. We found no new evidence that affects the recommendations in this guideline.

Next review: To be scheduled

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

Recommendations 6 and 7 in this guideline update and replace recommendation 6 in NICE guideline PH2 (March 2006).

This guideline was previously called walking and cycling: local measures to promote walking and cycling as forms of travel or recreation.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.

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