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FLOW is calling for Exchange and Follower Cities

15 December 2015

The EU co-funded project FLOW is currently recruiting Exchange and Followers Cities. Cities from across Europe can apply that are interested in modelling practices to maximise the congestion reducing potential of walking and cycling measures.

Becoming an exchange city

FLOW will support nine cities interested in pairing up with FLOW Partner Cities (Budapest, Dublin, Gdynia, Lisbon, Munich, and Sofia) on integrating walking and cycling as equal modes into their planning processes and transport models. Applicants should have a minimum experience of traffic modelling practices and software. Exchange cities are required to a higher level of commitment and participation compared to follower cities and are offered a modest budget.

Activities include:

  • Three workshops tailored to their needs and knowledge gaps offering exchange and mutual learning on multi-modal modelling of walking and cycling in urban areas and including input from PTV, Walk21 and the European Cyclists’ Federation.
  • Applying (with support of FLOW partners) the FLOW methodology, modelling tools and impact assessment in their own context.
  • Support in commissioning modelling activities and data collection (e.g. stated preference surveys and new sources of data).
  • Organising a local stakeholder meeting to present and discuss the congestion reduction potential of walking and cycling measures in their city.
  • Developing (with support of FLOW partners) a roadmap for using walking and cycling measures to reduce urban congestion.

Download here the Call for Exchange cities.

Beocming a follower city:

Selection of the 25-30 FLOW Follower Cities will be based on creating a good balance of cities – geographically and by city size – which are facing congestion problems and would like to use walking and cycling measures to solve them while improving their local planning and modelling practices. A basic understanding of traffic modelling practices and software is required.

Activities include:

  • Three 1.5-day in-person workshops in FLOW partner cities where they will learn the latest on multi-modal transport modelling and receive site visits and networking opportunities. Cities will learn about the FLOW congestion assessment methodology and monitoring tools, hear about project findings and the latest research in the field and be introduced to walking and cycling measures that most effectively address urban congestion. The goal is to create a solid network of cities that can learn from one another on an ongoing basis.
  • Workshop 1: autumn 2016 in Gdynia (in conjunction with the annual CIVITAS Forum) #
  • Workshop 2: spring 2017
  • Workshop 3: spring 2018
  • Three webinars on walking and cycling as congestion reducing measures
  • Interactive online course on integrating walking and cycling into transport modelling

Download here the Call for Follower cities.

About FLOW

FLOW’s goal is to put walking and cycling on an equal footing with motorised modes as a solution to urban congestion. To do this, FLOW has brought together experts in the field of traffic modelling (PTV Group) with leading walking and cycling experts (Walk21 and the European Cyclists’ Federation) to develop a userfriendly methodology to assess the ability of walking and cycling measures to reduce congestion. FLOW is supported by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.

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For more information please contact Dagmar Köhler,