Key national guidelines

Crossing signal for pedestrians and cyclists
Read national guidance from the Department of Health and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Guidance from the Department of Health and Public Health England

Local wellbeing, local growth: Adopting Health in All Policies (external link) (October 2016)
Resources to help local government adopt a Health in All Policies (HIAP) approach to improve wellbeing and growth through its multiple functions, service areas and partnership working. The resources include a set of slides for use in training or explaining HIAP.

Working together to promote active travel: a briefing for local authorities (external link) (May 2016)
This guide suggests a range of practical action for local authorities, from overall policy to practical implementation. It highlights the importance of community involvement and sets out steps for transport and public health practitioners.

Obesity and the environment briefing: increasing physical activity and active travel (external link) (November 2013)
This briefing summarises the importance of action on obesity and a specific focus on active travel, and outlines the regulatory and policy approaches that can be taken.

Public Health in Local Government (external link) (December 2011)
Factsheets from the Department of Health outlining the roles and responsibilities of local authorities in respect of public health.

UK physical activity guidelines (external link) (July 2011)
Guidelines from the four Chief Medical Officers for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on the volume, duration, frequency and type of physical activity required across the lifecourse to achieve general health benefits.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Guidance (external link) (December 2011)
Guidance on producing a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) of health and wellbeing in local communities.

Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

NICE Walking and Cycling Pathway
Online hub drawing together NICE resources on encouraging and enabling people to walk and cycle. Includes guidance on commissioning improvement/audit.

Walking and cycling: local measures to promote walking and cycling as forms of travel or recreation (external link) (November 2012)
Guidance setting out how people can be encouraged to increase the amount they walk of cycle for recreation purposes.

Prevention of cardiovascular disease - Quick reference guide (June 2010)
Guidance for all those whose actions influence the population's cardiovascular health. Includes a recommendation to apportion part of the local transport plan block allocation to promote walking, cycling and other forms of travel that involve physical activity.

Physical activity and the environment - Quick reference guide (January 2008)
National, evidence-based recommendations on how to improve the physical environment to encourage physical activity.