New Guidelines for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans released
The Guidelines on Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan were released on 17 December 2013 in conjunction with the official announcement of the European Commission’s Urban Mobility Package. The now final version of the SUMP Guidelines replaces the 2011 working document. The SUMP Guidelines are available for download at www.mobilityplans.eu. The guidelines are intended for decision-makers, urban transport and mobility practitioners and other stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. They are the result of a thorough and European-wide expert consultation process organised between 2010 and 2013 within a service contract (ELTISplus) for the European Commission. The process was coordinated by the CH4LLENGE lead partner Rupprecht Consult in cooperation with other stakeholders.
The SUMP Guidelines introduce the concept and the benefits of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans as a new planning concept able to address transport-related challenges and problems of urban areas in a more sustainable and integrative way. They suggest and explain the steps and activities that are essential for the development and ultimately the implementation of such a plan. The SUMP Guidelines include tools and references for further information and more than 60 examples from all over Europe illustrating how individual activities of the plan development and implementation have been carried out in practice. Furthermore, a checklist of milestones to be achieved can be found at the end of the document.
The SUMP guidelines stress the importance of proper involvement of citizens and stakeholders in the planning process; cooperation across sectors, between authority levels and between neighbouring authorities; selection of an integrated set of measures to meet a city’s policy objective and, finally, the assessment of the impacts of measures and evaluation of the mobility planning process. The four key challenges addressed by CH4LLENGE.