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Learning and exchange

FLOW has trainined implementers from more than 40 European cities in applying the FLOW methodology and assessment tools, and actively  encouraged experience exchange between local practitioners on evaluating effective congestion busting walking and cycling measures in various face-to-face and online formats. Through these activities, FLOW aimed to support the Europe-wide take-up of congestion-reducing walking and cycling measures.

Throughout 2017, FLOW offered a series of three webinars and corresponding e-courses. Each webinar gave an overview of the topic, which was expanded on in the e-course that followed. Each e-course is offered for four-five weeks with expert moderation and allowed for interaction with FLOW experts and with colleagues from across Europe. Concrete examples were provided as well as tasks and exercises to help participants apply what they learned to their own local context. The e-course format allowed participants to work in their own home or office at their own pace for the duration of the course.

Past FLOW eLearning opportunities

Congestion and Your City: The FLOW Approach

Target group: Transport planners in local authorities and consultancies, recent graduates, other multipliers

Webinar: 30.01.2017
The first webinar introduced FLOW project's philosophy on walking and cycling as means of congestion reduction. It also provided a concrete example of the application of FLOW's tools in the context of College Green in Dublin.  If you missed this webinar, you can watch it here.

e-course: 30.01-24.02.2017

The first e-course built on the content of the introductory webinar and provided more in-depth training on:

  • Indicators to measure congestion reduction in the context of walking and cycling
  • FLOW's portfolio of walking and cycling measures relevant for congestion reduction
  • The FLOW conceptual framework: What is the role of walking and cycling in congestion reduction strategies?


FLOW and transport modelling: Looking at the tools

Target group: Transport planners in local authorities and consultancies with at least some experience doing impact assessment and transport modelling, other multipliers with similar experience

Webinar: 17.05.2017

This webinar provided an overview of the improved microscopic and macroscopic modelling software developed in FLOW, the FLOW impact assessment tool and how these tools have been applied in FLOW cities.

e-course: 22.05-23.06.2017

This e-course gave participants the opportunity to work hands-on with the improved modelling software and walked them through the use of the impact assessment tool.

Course prerequisites:

  • To help us better understand your experience with modelling and tailor the e-course to your needs, we ask all registrants to complete this brief questionnaire.
  • To complete the course tasks, you will need the free student version of PTV Visum and PTV Vissim software available on PTV's  'Vision Traffic Suite for Students' page.
  • In the download form, please request PTV Vissim 9 and PTV Visum 16. In the field 'University', type "Mobility Academy (FLOW)".
  • Once you've submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the downloads. Please DO NOT download until requested by the course moderator to do so.


Putting it all together: The policy context of applying the FLOW tools

Target group: Decision makers, transport planners in local authorities, other multipliers

Webinar: 08.11.2017, 14:00-15:30 CET
This webinar will provide an overview of the policy context of applying the FLOW tools, including quick facts and lessons learned from FLOW cities through their experience implementing the FLOW methodology.

e-course: 13.11-08.12.2017
This e-course will provide more in-depth information on the technical aspects of the project and puts them into a policy context. Participants will gain insight about how decision makers across Europe perceive congestion and will gain an understanding of which facts and messages are politically effective when considering implementing walking and/or cycling measures in their city. The course will also provide examples of other European cities (and beyond) where congestion has been reduced while cycling and/or walking has been improved.


Learning and exchange workshops for FLOW cities

FLOW's Technical Support Partners organised three large-scale awareness, learning and exchange workshops for the six Partner Cities, nine Exchange Cities  and 26 Follower Cities. Using a combination of lecture and exchange activities, the workshops covered effective walking and cycling measures, as well as the FLOW congestion assessment methodology. A main outcome of these workshops will be the creation of a solid network of cities that will continue to learn from one another.