Goudappel Coffeng, one of the founding fathers of Excellent Cities, was awarded the FLOW Congestion Reduction Award during the FLOW-conference in Brussels, March 13-14. 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.
How cities across Europe beat road congestion
Over 200 urban transport professionals gathered in Brussels for two days to discuss how walkind and cycling can help reduce congestion on urban roads. The EU co-funded TRACE and FLOW projects have brought data from tracking trips and transport modelling up to a 21st century level. The joint final conference on 13 and 14 March was titled "Decongesting Europe: New approaches to freeing our cities". The event concludes three years of research and includes an award as well as a declaration signed by decision makers. Ciarán Cuffe, Councillor of Dublin was first to sign the #MakeAllModesCount declaration at the conference, stating: "We believe in making all modes count in urban transport. Let's put walking and cycling on an equal footing with other modes to reduce the impacts of congestion! "We have to make the best use of our road space. Pedestrians and cyclists use space more efficiently than private cars. The future of cities is about walkability, bikeability and liveability", said Dublin's Councillor Ciarán Cuffe. Other conference panelists included political decision makers from the cities of Belgrade, SRM Bologna, Jerusalem, Transport for Greater Manchester and Valencia.
The FLOW Project developed transport analysis tools designed to better assess the impacts of walking and cycling improvements on transport system performance. The project hypothesis was that existing tools do not accurately evaluate walking and cycling, and therefore walking and cycling improvements are generally not implemented, or even considered, as measures for improving transport system performance.
The TRACE project developed ICT based tracking services. The tools gather travel data which helps understand behaviour and route choice, and can thus be used for mobility planning and for promoting walking and cycling. Issues such as data privacy, cost, interoperability, financial/tax incentives, infrastructure planning and service concepts were addressed.