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Impact of Measures

Impact of Measures

In recent years, more emphasis has been put on various walking and cycling measures; however, the current assessment techniques of these non-motorized transport modes mainly focus on their environmental and social benefits, and the evaluation takes place often only on a qualitative basis. Since these existing procedures are lacking the link between the measures and their impacts on motorized traffic, it is difficult to assess and quantify the congestion reduction potential these measures can have.

The development of a state-of-the-art FLOW Congestion Assessment Tool will contribute to a paradigm shift by putting motorized and non-motorized traffic on the same level of consideration. A special focus will be put on the interactions between these different modes, so that the effects of innovative measures introduced by partner cities can be evaluated in the same manner as traditional measures such as road extension or re-phasing of traffic lights. The impact assessment procedure will be developed based on the elaborated FLOW methodology hence making use of the key performance indicators measuring congestion reduction in the context of walking and cycling, and assessing the wider environmental, social and economic benefits. The comprehensive appraisal will be capable of evaluating both quantifiable and non-quantifiable impacts, either prior to their implementation (ex-ante) or as a verification of the effects after introducing the measure (ex-post).

Similar to the transport modelling software, the FLOW Partner Cities as well as leading walking and cycling organisations (i.e. Walk21 and ECF) will be involved in the development process, providing knowledge and feedback to ensure the appropriateness of the tool in the local context and the coverage of all walking and cycling aspects.