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SUMPs-Up at the CIVITAS Forum 2017

The SUMPs-Up team was out in full force at the CIVITAS Forum 2017. As well as having their own stand in the SUMP corner alongside CIVITAS PROSPERITY and CIVITAS SUITS, they hosted a session on tools for data gathering, appraisal, and simulation. Participants trialled four tools, all of which were selected from the new CIVITAS Tool Inventory. The Tool Inventory was created together with CIVITAS SATELLITE and was also presented during the session.

Following the presentation, participants broke off into four groups to receive a demonstration of and to discuss the utility of the tools that they had in front of them. SUMPs-Up also helped organise a World Cafe session on the administrative barriers to SUMP development, which was led by CIVITAS PROSPERITY.

This session saw representatives of cities from three countries with low SUMP take-up - Bulgaria, Hungary, and Greece - describing their experiences of working in challenging governance systems. A key lesson was that finding ways to align and meet the interests of the different districts within a city is vitally important.

The SUMP Registry: learn from previous SUMPs to develop your own

Are you searching for guidance on what elements to include in your own Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)? Then the CIVITAS SUMP Registry is here to help.

This new online database from the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project brings together up-to-date SUMPs from across Europe and beyond, cities spanning all sizes, and in many languages. To find the plan most relevant to your needs, you can search by country, population, and language.  

It is particularly useful for cities and local authorities at the development stage of the SUMP cycle, although it still contains many vital lessons for those at the measure selection, implementation, or evaluation stage.

Discover plans from your region, look at the approaches from cities of a similar size, or find documents in the language(s) you are writing your SUMP in. Look through the list and be inspired by the form that SUMPs can take, and consider the transformative effect one could have on your town or city. See the Registry here.

You can also upload your SUMP. It only takes a few minutes and enables you to showcase your SUMP to a Europe-wide audience of planning authorities, sustainable mobility practitioners, and policy makers. Click here to do so.

Exchanging to innovate: the second SUMPs-Up General Assembly

The second SUMPs-Up General Assembly took place in Budapest from 22-23 May.

All partners and city partners were present at the meeting, which provided an opportunity for those present to share their knowledge and experiences.

On topics where the SUMPs-Up project team can provide support, group discussions took place to find solutions to challenges that participants had faced.

As part of the project, each of the seven partner cities will implement their own SUMP innovation(s).

To help move these forward, a World Café was organised that enabled cities to discuss their respective plans. Here are a couple of highlights:

Malmö

When discussing the planned Poly-SUMP for south-west Scania, the group considered how best to get all municipalities on board. It was recommended that the regional board should be used more actively and that benefits for small municipalities be emphasised.

Sofia

With Sofia seeking to increase public participation, the city's plans for an interactive website were commended. Utilising a mix of participation methods and having a presence at popular events like city fairs were also mentioned as ways to reach different target groups.

The event demonstrated that the cooperative spirit is strong within the SUMPs-Up group. 

Find out more about the City Partners and see the full list of planned innovations on the Cities page.

Members of first Innovation Pilot Pool to be announced soon

The first funding call to join the Innovation Pilot Pool (IPP) recently closed. Over 70 applications were received, from which the first IPP cohort will be selected.

This select gathering of transport and urban planning practitioners will be split into two groups, the Expert Group and the Leadership Group.

The call sought seek 40 participants for the Expert Group and 10 participants for the Leadership Group. They will participate in the programme for six months and three years respectively.

Those taking part will receive SUMPS-Up funding and participate in learning activities known as SUMP Learning Programmes (SLPs), which provide an opportunity to test and apply SUMP approaches, tools, and methodologies under real conditions.

The applicants selected to be part of the first group will be announced soon. The next IPP funding call will take place in Spring 2018.

The CIVITAS Forum Conference 2017 is taking place on 27-29 September 2017 in Torres Vedras, Portugal. The theme for the conference's 15th edition is ‘Small communities, big ideas’.

Gathering transport practitioners, policy makers, and academics from across Europe, participants will explore key mobility-related issues and discuss developments in mobility measures and planning, especially within small communities.

As the smallest municipality ever to host a CIVITAS Forum Conference, Torres Vedras is one of Portugal’s leading examples in sustainable urban development.

Those attending will be able to discover out more about the initiatives it has been involved in, along with others from across Europe.  A varied programme will include state-of-the-art presentations, site visits, and interactive workshops and sessions.

An exciting new programme element  is being introduced this year - the CIVITAS Deployment day. This will help connect developers of new tools and methods with potential users. The tools and methods can be presented in the format that best showcases their capabilities, including individualised training workshops or via “best practice” examples of its application.

Through the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and experience, participants can help each other to tackle and solve existing urban mobility problems.

Discover more about the programme and register at the CIVITAS Forum 2017's dedicated page.

Cristina Garzillo is the project coordinator for SUMPs-Up. In an interview for the Eltis Mobility Update, she talked more about the project and gave her opinion on the latest urban mobility trends.

Please sum up your project:

SUMPs-Up's goal is to provide cities with training opportunities, tools and support to help them develop high-quality Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, and work with national governments to raise awareness of the concept and create favourable conditions that will allow local authorities to develop SUMPs easier.

Name one development/innovation you think will affect urban mobility in Europe over the next five years

Recent times have seen a number of innovations with a potential to change travel behaviour in a fundamental way. I strongly believe in shared mobility and 'Mobility as a Service', which allows consumers to buy mobility services that are provided by the same or different operators by using just one gateway and a single payment. Our cities have a key responsibility in this by ensuring responsive, integrated chains, value-added digital platforms which link supply and demand.


To read the full interview, click the link at the top of this box.

Andree Woodcock is the project coordinator for CIVITAS SUITS, one of SUMPs-Up's sister projects. In an interview for the Eltis Mobility Update, she talked more about the project and gave her opinion on the latest urban mobility trends.

Please sum up your project:

SUITS aims to increase the capacity of small- and medium-sized local authorities to develop and implement transport strategies and systems, policies, technologies, practices, tools and measures that are sustainable, inclusive, integrated and accessible. These will recognise the end-to-end travel experiences of all users and freight.

What opportunities are there for others to become involved in the project?

There will be extensive knowledge transfer to organisations and individuals. We will be holding workshops and events at other CIVITAS events, our own conference in 2020, as well as local events in SUITS cities and regions. I invite any authority who is interested in our approach or sphere of interest to get in touch with me directly. I can be contacted through the SUITS Eltis project page.


To read the full interview, click the link at the top of this box.

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