Sustrans response to NICE proposed guidelines on physical activity

Photo of street that prioritises walking and cycling in Walthamstow ©2017, Jonathan Bewley
4 January 2019

In response to proposals by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) which recommends new and upgraded roads prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport over motorised vehicles, Xavier Brice, Chief Executive at Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity said:

'We welcome the proposal from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which puts the needs of our most vulnerable road users first. For too long roads in our towns and cities have been dominated by cars. A shift to people-prioritised streets will not only encourage more of the public to travel actively but also help to create safer environments for everyone to move around in.  

'Involving local authorities and residents in the redesign of their neighbourhoods and streets is essential; it ensures a good design that targets the issues people experience locally every day, and we have seen positive uptake in active travel through this approach. However, more needs to be done across the UK to enable more people to choose walking and cycling as their primary mode of transport for local journeys.

'Cycling and walking for more journeys is part of the solution to many of the challenges we face, including road congestion, air pollution and high levels of inactivity. This proposal demonstrates how – with some practical design solutions – we can address these challenges, while also protecting people who cycle and walk.'

For more information, images and interviews please contact:
Anna Galandzij, Senior Press Officer at Sustrans, [email protected], 07557 915648
Liv Denne, Press and Media Officer at Sustrans, [email protected], 07768 035318