The average person in Britain spends just 11 minutes walking or cycling per day, contributing to what NICE has described as the ‘silent epidemic’ of inactivity.
Now, the advisory body is calling for councils to make walking and cycling an easier and safer option for those who live within a few miles of where they need to be.
Some suggestions for encouragement include the introduction of bicycle-hire schemes, car-free events and better cycle-routes, maps and signalling. NICE has also called for walking routes to be better signposted, with information stations indicating the distance and time it takes to walk to different places.
According to NICE, action needs to be taken immediately if we want to save lives and prevent the NHS from crumbling under the strain of wide-spread...