How can inner-city traffic become more sustainable? Over 200 urban transport professionals gathered in mid-March in Brussels to discuss this question after three years of intense research. The EU co-funded CIVITAS TRACE and FLOW projects have brought new insights into this topic and were presented at the conference called "Decongesting Europe: New approaches to freeing our cities". The FLOW project developed transport analysis tools designed to better assess the impacts of walking and cycling improvements on transport system performance. Meanwhile, the TRACE project introduced new tracking services, which gather travel data to help understand behaviour and route choice. Thus, can be used for mobility planning and for promoting walking and cycling.
The Wuppertal Institute was involved in the FLOW project with its Division Energy, Transport and Climate Policy. One of the highlight of the event was the #MakeAllModesCount declaration, which has also been signed by Dr. Frederic Rudolph, Project Co-ordinator in the Research Unit Mobility and International Cooperation of the Division Energy, Transport and Climate Policy at the Wuppertal Institute. The declaration aims to call attentions to sustainable ways of inner-city transportation, for example walking and cycling.
Furthermore, the consultancy Goudappel Coffeng was awarded the FLOW Congestion Reduction Award. Goudappel Coffeng developed a new multi-modal traffic model that even differentiates between regular bicycles and e-bikes, uses the FLOW tools in a very creative way and thereby contributes to put walking and cycling on equal footing in the transport planning process of their client cities.