The EU funded CIVITAS FLOW project has published 15 examples of congestion reducing improvements from cities around the world. Case studies came from Ireland, Portugal, France, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, the U.K. and the USA.
Surprising examples included a 35% reduction in car journey times where a bike lane was installed on a busy Manhattan street. While in Denmark a street improvement plan led to 45% less traffic accidents, a 10% growth in cycling and reduced bus transit times. A look into the use of electric bikes in the Netherlands concluded 9.4 million hours of car travel time could be eliminated.
Covering topics from widening pedestrian space and re-planning city junctions to bike share programmes and restricted access areas, the report brings together a wide range of solutions.
Providing city planners with 15 quick facts to inspire bold and innovative city planning measures, the authors will continue to monitor and test new ideas until April 2018 and invite town and city officials to get in touch with further examples.