Tudor Măcicășan, Advisor for Transport Planning and Mobility Management, said that "sustainable development migrates slowly from Western Europe to the East and there are two steps needed in order to have a lasting mobility system."
The first step, according to him, is to become less car-dependent, so assuming that all households have a personal vehicle, that particular car is not needed when it comes to commuting around the city.
It can still be used for weekly shopping sessions and vacations, but not for moving around the city.
The second step that follows the first is reducing the need to have a car in the first place, which involves not needing a second vehicle and using family cars on a daily basis.
Ovidiu Cîmpean, Secretary of State at Ministerul Fondurilor Europene, added that, although authorities are trying to implement policies that are aimed at improving traffic flow, they can't be efficient.
This is caused by the fact that these policies involve increasing the number of cars that are travelling across the city, so that the traffic issue is never going to cease to appear, according to the expert.
"Right now, we are in a good time regarding financing, as there are some 80 billion euros of European fundings that we can tap into and out of these, about 30 billion can be allocated to transport", he claims.
Ovidiu says that city dwellers need a viable alternative to the personal car in order to stop using that and to start adopting alternative transport methods.
Three pillars of sustainable transport, he believes, are walking, using public transport and riding the bike and those three, as well as other solutions, can contribute towards developing a greener transport system for the city.
At the same time, Tudor claims that to create new habits then it comes to urban mobility, there is a great need of new infrastructure that can encourage and sustain these habits.
Both of them agree on the fact that there are a number of streets that can be converted into pedestrian areas, which can be beneficial, and one of these streets is Calea Victoriei.
Tudor claims that, although at first, converting these streets might seem to have a negative impact on the performance of local businesses, studies show the contrary.
This means that entrepreneurs that activate in a pedestrian area have a more prosperous business.
All things considered, alternative transport methods in the city can have multiple benefits not just by reducing the time spent in traffic, but also for the local businesses that can have an advantage thanks to a higher number of walkers-by.