This guideline covers encouraging people to increase the amount they walk or cycle for travel or recreation purposes.
NICE has also produced a guideline 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?
February 2019: We have found no new evidence that affects the recommendations. For more information, see the surveillance decision.
Guideline development process
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.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals and practitioners are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or the people using their service. It is not mandatory to apply the recommendations, and the guideline does not override the responsibility to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual, in consultation with them and their families and carers or guardian.
All problems (adverse events) related to a medicine or medical device used for treatment or in a procedure should be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency using the Yellow Card Scheme.
Local commissioners and providers of healthcare have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual professionals and people using services 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 complying 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.