SUMP Self-Assessment Tool now online!

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Is your mobility plan a genuine Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan? You can now find out using the free, online SUMP Self-Assessment Tool, which was developed in the context of the CH4LLENGE project! It is available on the European Platform on SUMPs - www.eltis.org.

To support the transition towards competitive and resource-efficient mobility systems in Europe’s cities, the European Commission promotes the preparation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. These are strategic plans designed to satisfy the mobility needs of people and businesses in cities and their surrounding areas for a better quality of life. SUMP preparation is typically led by city planning authorities, although collaborative working with transport providers, neighbouring authorities and organisations in other policy sectors, such as land use, health and energy, is a key aspect of the SUMP concept.

The SUMP Self-Assessment Tool has been designed to enable ambitious and forward-thinking planning authorities to quickly assess the compliance of their plan with the European Commission’s SUMP Guidelines (January 2014). Self-assessment is based on a set of 100 clear and transparent yes-no questions that follow the steps in the well-known SUMP preparation cycle. By working through the questionnaire during plan preparation, or once a plan has been finalised, planning authorities can gain feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their approach. As there is a trend for transport funding to be linked to the successful development of a SUMP, it is important for cities to understand the European Commission’s concept and how they can improve planning processes in the future.

For anybody who is not yet familiar with the SUMP concept or terminology, the Self-Assessment questionnaire is also linked to a newly published online version of the SUMP Guidelines, an informative SUMP Glossary and a range of online learning resources on the Mobility Academy.

The SUMP Self-Assessment has been prepared as part of CH4LLENGE’s activities on monitoring and evaluation in sustainable urban mobility planning.

For more information and to begin your own SUMP Self-Assessment, visit: www.eltis.org/mobility-plans. Feedback is welcome to sump[at]rupprecht-consult.eu