Currently there is a poor link between walking and cycling, and congestion measures. The prevailing definition of congestion, focusing only on motor vehicle traffic, will be expanded to a perspective where all road traffic is equally considered as a potential source and remedy of congestion, including non-motorised modes. In the project’s analysis, more traditional congestion definitions will be applied and results will be compared and contrasted to show the benefits, using an integrated approach. This perspective will be achieved by developing a clear, straightforward, user-friendly methodology that can easily be applied in European cities, including the definition and validation of a set of policy-oriented Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The methodology will also include a conceptual framework, which will explain the scale of different transport analysis and the data required. This will allow the evaluation of walking and cycling measures for their ability to reduce congestion, and at the same time, to increase the mode share of these sustainable, non-motorised means of transport.
The FLOW Congestion Reduction Assessment Methodology will be presented in a handbook for policy practitioners, and will focus on measuring congestion. Cities may want to reduce congestion and its negative impacts. Cities may also wish to implement walking and cycling measures. In this context, they may want to know about the impacts such measures may have on congestion.