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Walking and cycling: local measures to promote walking and cycling as forms of travel or recreation [PH41]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Recommendation: 9

Whose health will benefit? Staff and others who use workplaces. Who should take action? • Employers, including the NHS and local authorities. • Directors and senior staff including managers, health and safety staff, estates managers and human resources professionals. • Active travel champions. What action should they take? • Develop strategies in consultation with staff (and other relevant stakeholders, for example, students in universities and colleges) to promote walking and cycling in and around the workplace[7]. Ensure activities are developed in line with wider local activities (see recommendations 2, 3 and 4) and are linked to existing national and local initiatives. • Liaise with local authority transport departments, neighbouring businesses and other partners to improve walking and cycling access to workplace sites. (Also see NICE's recommendations on physical activity and the environment and promoting physical activity in the workplace.) • Identify an 'active travel champion' (or champions) within the workplace, at a sufficiently senior level. They should coordinate activities such as led and informal walking groups, workplace 'challenges' and promotional competitions (for example, using pedometers), bicycle user groups and walking interest groups. The active travel champion/s should also develop (or promote) schemes that give staff access to a pool of bicycles for short-distance business travel, or access to discounted cycle purchases (such as cycle to work schemes). • Ensure workplace walking and cycling programmes are developed using an evidence-based theoretical model of behaviour change (see NICE guidance on Behaviour change: the principles for effective interventions). • Provide information tailored for the specific workplace on walking and cycling routes and circuits. This should include details on the distances involved, maps, routes and safety information. See NICE guidance on promoting physical activity in the workplace for further recommendations.

What was measured: Proportion of staff that strongly agreed or agreed with the statement that 'My organisation takes positive action on health and well-being'.
Data collection end: December 2012
Data collection end: December 2013
Data collection end: December 2014
Data collection end: December 2015
Data collection end: December 2015
Data collection end: December 2016
Area covered: England
Source: Picker Institute Europe NHS Staff Survey

What was measured: Proportion of people in England and Wales who reported their method of travel to work as bicycle or on foot.
Data collection end: March 2011
Area covered: UK
Source: Office for National Statistics UK censuses

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