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Children should cycle or walk to school

24th April 2012

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence has recommended that the health service, councils and schools promote walking and cycling.

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NICE want to see more children walking and cycling to school as figures have revealed that fewer than 3% of children aged between two and fifteen take an hour of exercise per day.

Draft guidance released by NICE showed bicycles were chosen for only two in 100 trips in Britain, compared with 25% in Holland and 20% in Denmark.

NICE's guidance said responsible adults needed to: "Develop and implement school travel plans that encourage children to walk or cycle all or part of the way to school."

They added that "walking or cycling champions" were required and children should have safety training.

Professor Mike Kelly, Director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence said: "Lack of physical activity is contributing to a wide range of health problems in England, so it is important that there is comprehensive, evidence-based guidance in place that can help address these issues."

"Increasing the amount of time people walk and cycle can have a positive impact on health, the environment and the economy.

"We want to encourage people to walk or cycle for any local journey that really doesn’t need the car, and also to get out in the fresh air and walk or cycle for fun."

 

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