FSEM Responds to Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

Walking _and _cycling

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) UK has responded to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

The strategy is a positive step in creating an environment that encourages more people to take up and participate in regular physical activity, which contributes towards the CMO physical activity guidelines.

The FSEM would like to see the strategy recognise, in addition to investing in good physical infrastructure, there are also cultural, medical and social barriers that individuals face participating in regular physical activity. Key points from the FSEM’s response include:

  • Promoting cycling and walking as a treatment for chronic diseases and musculoskeletal problems
  • Recognition of the role of the NHS in delivering this strategy
  • The role of rehabilitation in improving competence to cycle and walk
  • A plan to encourage real behaviour change to accompany infrastructure change
  • The importance of GP practices and the role they can play
  • Involving multidisciplinary teams in planning

View a PDF of the FSEM’s response to the Draft Walking and Cycling Investment Strategy

View the FSEM’s consultation webpage