The project team has started off on the right foot, together refining the project’s activities and conceptual framework in Budapest, Hungary from 10-11 June 2015.
The FLOW project, co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union through INEA - the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency, kicked off last week at the headquarters of the BKK Centre for Budapest Transport. The event was organised by the project coordinator, Rupprecht Consult together with BKK.
The FLOW consortium consists of six partner cities (Budapest, Dublin, Gdynia, Lisbon, Munich, Sofia) and 12 partner organisations which bring together the two worlds of walking and cycling advocacy and expertise in transport modelling. Partners include leading advocacy groups Walk21 and the European Cyclists’ Federation, as well as PTV, one of the global leaders in transport modelling software, and the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL). The 39 participants gathered to present their planned activities within the project and to discuss interdependencies and teamwork dynamics.
The FLOW project is working towards achieving a paradigm shift in the ways cities, businesses and decision-makers think about – and act on – the potential for non-motorised transport to reduce urban congestion. Existing transport modelling software will be recalibrated to more accurately reflect the role of people travelling on foot and bike in urban areas. A user-friendly methodology will also be developed for local implementers to assess the effectiveness of walking and cycling measures for reducing congestion. The FLOW Partner Cities will apply transport simulation models tailored to their local contexts in order to develop implementation scenarios and action plans to add or upscale walking and cycling measures shown to reduce congestion. These analyses and models are expected to become lighthouse examples for other cities. By the end of the project, a robust portfolio of tools and evidence will have been developed to support the take-up of walking and cycling measures for reducing urban congestion and improving people's mobility in cities across Europe.
Having spent two inspiring days working together and focussing their plans, the project team members are moving forward to deliver high-quality activities and products which will help to put walking and cycling on an equal footing with motorised modes of transport.
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