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TRACE exchanges knowledge at the FLOW Workshop

Congestion is an urban problem which has been a driver of mobility policy since motorized vehicles have become too many for the available space. Until today, congestion has been essentially seen as a problem within the sphere of traffic policy.


The FLOW project is developing a conceptual framework and tools to put walking and cycling policy at level playing field with motorized traffic policy in the scope of congestion reduction, both by assessing the potential walking and cycling promotion to reduce congestion and by incorporating all modes of transport in the congestion equation.

What are the relevant questions and indicators for (walking and cycling) policy analysis? How can new tools really influence the planning and policy processes? What is the available data, how can new data be generated and how should it be processed? Several questions of FLOW are crucial to TRACE and vice-versa. Both projects are looking at ways to transform the planning and policy processes to put walking and cycling at the top of the policy agenda. They are also developing tools which improve the identification of intervention priorities, analysis of the mobility issues and better design of solutions for efficient mobility and better quality of life.

Debuting a continuous process of knowledge exchange between the two projects, TRACE attended the FLOW Workshop on "Implementation of Walking and Cycling Measures in the Context of Congestion Reduction". The Workshop involved a number of experts who were consulted on a set of issues related to the redefinition of the congestion problem. Besides providing feedback in this exercise, this participation has been an opportunity for TRACE to collect knowledge, enlarge its stakeholder contact base and better understanding links with FLOW.