Walking and cycling: call for evidence

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has been asked by the Department of Health to develop public health guidance on ‘Walking and cycling: local measures to promote walking and cycling as forms of travel or recreation’.  See the final scope for more information.

A series of evidence reviews and an economic analysis are being conducted to help to address the key questions that are set out in the scope. We would like to receive details of evidence that relates to these questions:

  • Question 1: Which local interventions are effective and cost effective at promoting and increasing cycling and walking for recreational and travel purposes?
  • Question 2: Which local interventions are effective and cost effective at changing population-level norms and behaviour in relation to cycling and walking for recreational and travel purposes?
  • Question 3: What factors help or hinder the planning and delivery of walking and cycling-related interventions for recreation or travel purposes?
  • Question 4: What factors help or prevent people from walking and cycling for recreation or travel?
  • Question 5: What health and other outcomes may be achieved by increasing cycling and walking for travel and recreation?

Appendix C of the guidance scope lists some further issues that the evidence reviews might be able to address.

We are interested in a broad range of different types of evidence. This includes quantitative or qualitative research, published or unpublished.

In terms of published material, we are interested in identifying studies that have been published since 1990 that relate to the questions outlined above.  The studies may be published in journals, texts or monographs. Please note that for copyright reasons we are unable to accept electronic or hard copies of published material. Please supply the full citation to enable us to obtain our own copy.

In terms of unpublished material, we are interested in identifying unpublished manuscripts relating to research conducted since 1990, or any ongoing research that is being conducted, and which relates to the review questions outlined above. 

We are also interested in evidence that may help to develop guidance that can promote equality of opportunity walk or cycle.   Therefore we are interested in evidence that analyses outcomes and experiences by: age, disability, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion and belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.

Please note that the following material is NOT eligible for consideration:

  • Promotional material
  • Undocumented assertions of effectiveness.
  • Opinion pieces
  • Forms with electronic attachments of published material, or hard copies of published material. For copyright reasons, we cannot accept these copies.   However, if you give us the full citation, we will obtain our own copy.

Instructions for published material

Please send either full reference details (which are to include author/s, title, date, journal or publication details including volume and issue number and page numbers), - not a PDF/WORD attachment or hard copy - using this form by 5pm on 3 August 2011 to walkingandcycling@nice.org.uk

Instructions for unpublished material

If you are aware of trials/ongoing research relevant to our questions which are in progress please could you help us to identify that information by providing relevant information such as a link to a registered trial with the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Clinical Trials) or with the US National Institutes of Health trials registry.  

If you wish to submit academic in confidence material (i.e. written but not yet published), or commercial in confidence (i.e. internal documentation), please could you highlight which sections are confidential by using the highlighter function in Word.

Please use this form to send in any relevant evidence details by 5pm on 3 August 2011 to walkingandcycling@nice.org.uk

Please note that where stakeholders have submitted evidence by providing the full citation as part of the consultation on the scope these do not need to be resubmitted. We will include this material as part of the submitted evidence.

We look forward to receiving information on this and thank you in advance for your help.

This page was last updated: 06 July 2011