Ploiesti joined the cities who promote a healthy and active lifestyle. In this context, the capital of the Prahova County is partner in the Flow European project, along with other cities from the EU, aiming to support walking and cycling.
Ploiesti Municipality announced through a press release that it is a partner of the Flow European project, designed to promote walking and cycling, a second meeting in establishing the steps of this project being held recently in Munich and Karlsruhe, Germany.
“Flow is a European project that aims to make walking and cycling equal to the motorized transportation means, as a solution to face urban congestion. It will develop a friendly methodology, involving modeling the transport, to assess the effectiveness of walking and cycling measures. The question from which we start in promoting this project is if we are developing the city for people or for cars. Ploiesti is one of the thirty European follower cities that have joined the FLOW project, and until the end it will receive assistance and support from the FLOW experts, for promotion and implementation. In the end, for each partner city, a guide will be developed to promote cycling and walking, to the detriment of any type of travel by car or other vehicle type, as a solution to decongesting urban traffic”, according to the Ploiesti City Hall.
Ploiesti City Hall mentioned that many cities are using transport models to be able to analyze the impact of the proposed policies and of the improvement measures for the urban traffic, and there are two main models: the macroscopic model, implemented at the level of an area – adopted in Munich, and microscopic – adopted in Budapest. In this context, the Munich City Hall hosted, at the end of April, a session for presenting the two models, held by Bonnie Fenton –Rupprecht Consult Coordinator, Eugen Hilbertz and Nora Szabo. They presented the planning methods and possible measures to reduce urban congestion in crowded cities, how to collect data, indicators that should be set up to improve an existing mobility plan. In this context, the six FLOW partner cities that have benefited from implementing the project were nominated: Dublin, Lisbon, Munich, Gdinya, Budapest and Sofia.
“To give an example, the project coordinators also organized a visit to an area in Munich that benefited from the implementation of the model, namely Kunstboulevard Arcisstrasse, part of the KUNSTAREAL project. It aimed at remodeling the street space, the ultimate goal being to decongest traffic. At the same time, it was discussed the possibility that Munich and Ploiesti could become partners in a project under the INTERREG Danube Transnational Program Call 2, a project in which we would like to attract other eligible partners, too, and these discussions will be resumed in the near future. Also at this meeting, a workshop was held in Karlsruhe on the use of macroscopic traffic modeling software, applied on a randomly chosen area. This program is to be applied also in Ploiesti, in order to update the data from the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. In Karlsruhe, both bike-sharing and other bicycle parking systems were studied, most of them being concentrated in a relatively large number in the confluence areas of the different roads, namely the railway station area, the subway access area, or terminal area of passenger transport vehicles”, was also mentioned in the press release issued by the Ploiesti City Hall.