FLOW at CIVINET Romania

CIVINET Romania, the local city network promoting the CIVITAS approach for public authorities, invited the FLOW project to deliver a presentation on the FLOW approach on 25 October 2017 in Timisoara.

FLOW was represented by Pasquale Cancellara of Polis, who focused on the FLOW Quick Facts. After a short introduction on the FLOW approach and on its methodology, the participants engaged in an interactive and productive conversation about several examples of cities that have implemented specific walking and/or cycling measures without increasing urban congestion, such as the FLOW partner cities Dublin and Lisbon.

The presentation raised many questions and discussions, based on the lack of visible walking and cycling measures in Romanian cities. It became clear that cities do not have enough data to understand how many people cycle and walk, making it difficult to demonstrate that improving cycling and walking infrastructure can help reduce urban traffic congestion.

”It's about moving people, not cars”, concluded Pasquale after presenting a video created by FLOW partner PTV Group that simulates the time taken for 200 people to pass through a junction by different modes (car, bus, tram, bike and walk) .

Other topics discussed were the CIVITAS CREATE project and the first Romanian legislation in the field of cycling infrastructure that is currently in public debate and has raised heated discussions. The training ended with a site visit to the Traffic Management Control Centre of Timisoara, a project that came into being last spring, and that hosted the CIVINET Romania event.