What is a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)?
SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan) is a long-term strategy aimed at ensuring satisfactory access to travel destinations and services, also including an implementation plan.
According to the Guidelines on Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan by the European Commission, the basic features of a SUMP are:
- Long-term vision and clear implementation plan;
- Participatory approach;
- Balanced and integrated development of all transport modes;
- Horizontal and vertical integration;
- Assessment of current and future performance;
- Regular monitoring, review and reporting;
- Consideration of external costs for all transport modes.
What are the main purposes of a SUMP?
- Ensure all citizens are offered transport options that enable access to key destinations and services;
- Improve safety and security;
- Reduce air and noise pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption;
- Improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the transportation of persons and goods;
- Contribute to enhancing the attractiveness and quality of the urban environment and urban design for the benefits of citizens, the economy and society as a whole.
How to prepare a good SUMP?
Preparing a good SUMP is a challenge. The document should be a signpost, showing the right way to implement the mobility policy. Based on the best practices of European mobility projects and thanks to experienced Advisors, we have developed nine key success factors for a mobility plan. These factors, along with a more detailed description, are presented in the figure below.
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