NICE wants to end up hill struggle for cycling

Guidance aimed at encouraging more people to exercise as part of their regular routine has been published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Two NICE briefing papers offer guidance to local authorities on how they can encourage more walking and cycling.

Local government in England takes on a wider remit for public health in April, under the new NHS set-up.

To support this, NICE is producing a series of briefings that identify which public health initiatives are most effective and provide the best value for money.

The two briefings offer guidance on walking and cycling, as well as giving advice on encouraging health-related behaviour change.

In its list of recommendations, NICE suggests walking and cycling should be included when programmes addressing specific health conditions or outcomes are drawn up.

Examples include coronary heart disease and mental well-being.

CSP professional adviser Clare Claridge said: ‘In line with this guidance, physiotherapy staff should incorporate information on walking and or cycling, into all physical activity advice.

‘They should also ensure they are able to provide service users with information about suitable local or national walking and cycling initiatives, which could help them to be more physically active.’  

The full NICE briefing is at:

Meanwhile, the all party parliamentary cycling group has launched a ‘Get Britain Cycling’ inquiry into the barriers that prevent more people from cycling.

MPs will hold consider why fewer cycle journeys are made in the UK compared to some other European countries.

Topics include health implications and the London 2012 Olympic legacy.

A full report will be published in April.


Sally Priestley

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