The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has announced that new roads or existing ones that are upgraded should prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and those who use public transport.
This statement follows a proposal made in a draft quality standard for encouraging physical activity within the general population, which was published on the 4th January. The aim behind this quality standard is to get more people to be active in their day-to-day lives and therefore reduce car usage, by encouraging safe, convenient, active travel that is accessible for everyone, including people with limited mobility. This includes implementing measures such as tactile paving and non-reflective, anti-glare surfaces for people with visual impairments.
Joe Irvin, CEO of Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking said, “Placing key services such as schools, GP surgeries and bus stops within walking distance is vital”.
Improvements in both cyclists’ and pedestrian facilities are deemed to be necessary, especially as the NHS Digital revealed that 26% of adults were classified as obese. Furthermore, physical inactivity is responsible for one in six deaths and is estimated to cost the UK £7.4 billion annually.
The full article can be found here: https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/new-and-upgraded-roads-should-prioritise-pedestrians-cyclists-and-public-transport-over-motorised-vehicles