FLOW

The goal of FLOW was to put walking and cycling on an equal footing with motorised modes of transport when it comes to the ability to reduce urban congestion. In order to achieve this, FLOW made improvements to existing transport modelling tools and developed an impact assessment tool which assesses the impact of walking and cycling activities on urban transport network performance (i.e. congestion) as well as on other socio-economic factors.

FLOW

Project details

Duration 05/2015 – 04/2018

Website www.h2020-flow.eu

Coordinator Rupprecht Consult GmbH

Project goal

FLOW was the first project explicitly linking walking and cycling with congestion reduction. The project took a trans-disciplinary approach to congestion reduction, aiming to integrate the FLOW methodology and congestion assessment tools into the current standard transport impact analysis process. Its objectives were:

  • To define the role of walking and (safe) cycling in congestion reduction;
  • To develop and apply tools for assessing the congestion-reducing impacts of various walking and cycling measures;
  • To demonstrate and assess the congestion reducing impact of walking and cycling;
  • To actively support take-up of congestion reducing measures by public administrations;
  • To increase awareness of the congestion reducing potential of walking and cycling;
  • To foster the market for new walking and cycling products and services for congestion reduction;
  • To provide facts on the congestion-reducing potential of walking and cycling.

Results

The FLOW Partner Cities (Budapest, Dublin, Gdynia, Lisbon, Munich, Sofia) applied improved microscopic and/or macroscopic transport simulation models developed in the project. FLOW also connected directly with the private sector (especially major urban transport consulting and planning companies), encouraging them to take an active role in innovative congestion reduction by integrating walking and cycling measures in the congestion-related products and services they offer. Building on these results, the tangible outputs of FLOW include:

  • A portfolio of walking and cycling measures relevant for congestion reduction
  • A conceptual framework on the role of walking and cycling in congestion reduction strategies
  • Revised calibration of existing transport modelling software to more accurately reflect walking and cycling as urban transport modes and a user-friendly tool to help cities evaluate the impacts of walking and cycling measures on congestion
  • Implementation scenarios in 6 FLOW partner cities
  • Roadmaps for congestion reducing walking and cycling measures in 9 FLOW Exchange Cities
  • Video presenting the FLOW principles and solutions for the layperson
  • A series of three webinars and e-courses on the FLOW methodology, using the FLOW tools and the policy context for cycling and walking measures as a means of congestion reduction
  • For practitioners: Walking and Cycling: A Multimodal Approach to Congestion Management - FLOW project summary and recommendations
  • For decision-makers: Walking, Cycling and Congestion: 15 Quick Facts for Cities (available in 12 languages)
  • For consultancies: Using FLOW’s Multimodal Transport Analysis Techniques in the Transport Planning Profession

Role of Rupprecht Consult

Rupprecht Consult was the Project Coordinator and responsible for FLOW’s administrative and financial management. Rupprecht Consult was also responsible for implementation scenarios and take-up for congestion busting measures in FLOW (work package 3) and provided technical support in implementation for the cities of Munich (Germany) and Lisbon (Portugal), and was also responsible for training, exchange and network building (work package 4).

Contact details

Kristin Tovaas
+49 221 6060 55 24
k.tovaas@rupprecht-consult.eu

Bonnie Fenton
+49 221 6060 55 27
b.fenton@rupprecht-consult.eu

Project partners

Related resources

FLOW leaflet [PDF]

FLOW first newsletter [PDF]

FLOW Conceptual Framework [PDF]

FLOW D1.1 Multimodal Analysis Methodology [PDF]

FLOW Portfolio of Measures [PDF]

FLOW Study Budapest - How can a transport model be integrated to the strategic transport planning approach [PDF]

FLOW - Making active modes count in transport planning - presentation Gyergyay [PDF]

FLOW portfolio of measures UA [PDF]

FLOW e-Course 8b "FLOW and transport modelling: Looking at the tools" [PDF]

FLOW e-Course 8c "Putting it all together: The policy context of applying the FLOW tools" [PDF]

FLOW e-Course: "Clean Vehicles - electric vehicles for cleaner cities" [PDF]

FLOW e-Course 8a "Congestion and your City: the FLOW approach" [PDF]

FLOW D3.5 Implementers Guide Multimodal Approach (BG) [PDF]

FLOW D3.5 Implementers Guide Multimodal Approach (UK) [PDF]

FLOW D3.5 Implementers Guide Multimodal Approach Coisíocht, Rothaíocht agus Brú tráchta (IE) [PDF]

FLOW D3.5 Implementers Guide Multimodal Approach Fußgänger, Radfahrer und Staus (DE) [PDF]

FLOW 10a GYALOGLÁS, KERÉKPÁROZÁS ÉS A FORGALMI DUGÓK 15 TÉNY DÖNTÉSHOZÓK SZÁMÁRA (HU) [PDF]

FLOW 10a MARCHE À PIED, VÉLO ET CONGESTION URBAINE: 15 CHIFFRES CLÉS (FR) [PDF]

FLOW 10a MOBILITÀ PEDONALE, MOBILITÀ CICLISTICA E CONGESTIONE STRADALE 15 PUNTI CHIAVE (IT) [PDF]

FLOW Multimodal Approach Bainisti'ocht Ilmhódach don Bhrú Tráchta (IE) [PDF]

FLOW Multimodal Approach Ein Multimodaler Ansatz für das Staumanagement (DE) [PDF]

FLOW Multimodal Approach Multimodális koncepció a forgalmi torlódások kezelésére (HU) [PDF]

FLOW Multimodal Approach Multimodalne podejście do zarządzania zatorami drogowymi (PL) [PDF]

FLOW Multimodal Approach Recoms and Summary (BG) [PDF]

FLOW Multimodal Approach Recoms and Summary (UK) [PDF]

FLOW Multimodal Approach Uma abordagem multimodal à gestão do congestionamento (PT) [PDF]

FLOW 10a PEÖES, CICLISTAS E 0 CONGESTIONAVENTO 15 FACTOS RÄPIDOS PARA AS CIDADES (PT) [PDF]

FLOW 10a RUCH PIESZY I ROWEROWY A KORKI ULICZNE 15 CIEKAWOSTEK DLA MIAST (PL) [PDF]

FLOW Walking, Cycling and Congestion (BG) [PDF]

FLOW Walking, Cycling and Congestion (RU) [PDF]

FLOW Walking, Cycling and Congestion (UK) [PDF]

FLOW 10a ПІШОХІДНИЙ ТА ВЕЛОСИПЕДНИЙ РУХ І ЗАТОРИ 15 OCHOBHMX OAKTIB (UA) [PDF]

FLOW 10a CAMINAR, PEDALEAR Y CONGESTIÓN: 15 PUNTOS CLAVES PARA LA CIUDAD (ES) [PDF]

FLOW 10a COISÍOCHT, ROTHAÍOCHT AGUS BRÚ TRÁCHTA 15 FHÍRIC GHASTA (IE) [PDF]

FLOW 10a FUßGÄNGER, RADFAHRER UND STAUS 15 Kurzinfos für Städte [PDF]

FLOW D3.5 Implementers Guide Multimodal Approach Gyalogosok, kerékpárosok és forgalmi dugók (HU) [PDF]

FLOW D3.5 Implementers Guide multimodal Approach Peões, Ciclistas e o Congestionamento (PT) [PDF]

FLOW D3.5 Implementers Guide Multimodal Approach Ruch pieszy, ruch rowerowy I korki uliczne (PL) [PDF]