The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) revised guidelines on Physical Activity and the Environment have been released today (22 March 2018).

NICE's recommendations support Living Streets’ experience and campaigns to create streets and places where people want to walk. In particular that pedestrians “are given the highest priority when developing or maintaining streets and roads”; that pavements are free from obstructions, including being free from pavement parking; and that people should be given enough time to cross the road.

Tompion Platt, Head of Policy and Communications, Living Streets comments: 

“Our research shows that older people and those with disabilities in particular would be more likely to walk more if there were some simple interventions. 

“These issues are important to many of our supporters, which is why we are pleased that NICE has included many of our recommendations in its guidelines. Consistent use of tactile paving, enforcement of pavement parking bans, pavement maintenance, and eliminating street clutter were all recognised as important in encouraging walking. NICE also recommended accessibility and comfort improvements to public space, designing our streets for people, not vehicles. 

“But, our influencing work has to continue. We want public bodies to recognise the success of behavioural interventions like WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge. There is more to do to create a walking nation for all, but this is a good step in the right direction.”