The goal of FLOW is 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 has 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 will be the first project explicitly linking walking and cycling with congestion reduction. The project takes a trans-disciplinary approach to congestion reduction, and aims to create and implement a new state-of-the-art by integrating the FLOW methodology and congestion assessment tools into the current standard transport impact analysis process. Its objectives are:
Six FLOW Partner Cities (Budapest, Dublin, Gdynia, Lisbon, Munich, Sofia) will apply the transport simulation models developed in the project; these analyses and models are expected to become lighthouse examples for other cities. FLOW will also enable the private sector (especially major urban transport consulting and planning companies) 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 will include:
Rupprecht Consult is the Project Coordinator and is responsible for FLOW’s administrative and financial management. Rupprecht Consult is also responsible for implementation scenarios and take-up for congestion busting measures in FLOW (work package 3) and will provide technical support in implementation for the cities of Munich (Germany) and Lisbon (Portugal), and is also responsible for training, exchange and network building (work package 4).