Roads should be “safe, attractive and designed” to help people use their cars less says UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
UK’s health watchdog has said that Pedestrians, cyclists and public transport should be give priority over cars when roads are built or upgraded, to encourage more physical activity.
It has issued a set of draft guidelines for planners and local authorities.
The Department for Transport said it supported such policies.
NICE cited concerns over obesity levels as well as research suggesting physical activity can prevent and manage chronic conditions and diseases – including some cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.
It said: “Transport systems and the wider built environment can influence people’s ability to be active.”