In recent years, we have seen that cities are becoming increasingly busy, yet the space available has not increased to any significant extent. Besides this, in cities such as Amsterdam, the proportion of ‘slow traffic’ is steadily growing. Although there are many reasons to welcome this trend, the increase in pedestrian and cyclist flows is also causing problems.
AMS Institute and TU Delft recently started a new scientific program to unravel pedestrian and cyclist flows in cities. The kick off of this new program was a two day conference, 16 and 17 July, geared towards establishing the key societal and scientific challenges on this subject. Additionally, our purpose is to jointly think about approaches to increase this so called ‘slow mode mobility’, while at the same time ensuring that the negative side effects are kept within acceptable bounds.