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Stakeholder focus group discusses recommendations for SUMP take-up

On 13 June, representatives from cities, the European Commission and other thematic organizations convened at the Vienna House in Brussels in an event organized by CIVITAS SUMPs-Up to discuss how to best support and boost SUMP take-up in cities and regions in the EU.

The event opened with an introduction on the status of SUMPs in Europe. The total number of adopted SUMPs has grown significantly since 2013, although the situation varies greatly across countries.

At the national level, an increasing number of countries (compared to 2011) provide a more structured framework for sustainable urban mobility planning that includes legal definition, guidance, assessment scheme, or other types of support. Nonetheless, there is still room for improvement.

Draft recommendations and effective SUMP take-up strategies, resulting from a recent analysis conducted with 300 European city and national government representatives, were later presented.

These included, for example: making use of experienced cities to raise awareness and share best practices; entrusting a single national body with SUMP control and monitoring; and investing in capacity building activities and funding that tackle transport planning evaluation, indicator development and data gathering.

The final version of the recommendations will be made available in Autumn 2018.

SUMPs-Up makes its mark at 2018 SUMP Conference

From 13-14 May, SUMPs-Up was in the warm climes of Nicosia, Cyprus, to take part in the 5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning.

SUMPs-Up played an active role from the very get-go. On the opening morning, it was one of 18 projects to introduce itself and its work to the plenary audience as part of the Marketplace Session.

Thereafter, there were numerous activities in which SUMPs-Up was involved. One of these was the  "Zooming in on SUMPs – Looking at them through an Eastern European Lens“.

Organised with CIVITAS PROSPERITY and the MobiliseYourCity project, it brought together 10 cities from across the region to find out the very different SUMP realities that citiies their face.

In its presentation, SUMPs-Up partner city Budapest made clear that despite the SUMP success in the city, they cannot take political buy-in for granted. Constant engagement with and convincing of politicians is required.

Another workshop saw the stakeholder process for the upcoming revision of the SUMP Guidelines being kicked off. This was the first of many events to ensure that the new Guidelines reflect the needs of the SUMP community.

The two days were over as soon as they began, and the large piles of publications that had taken over the SUMPs-Up stand on the first morning were nowhere to be seen.

All presentations from the conference can be found here.

Report released that looks into "Standards for Developing a SUMP Action Plan"

Standards for Developing a SUMP Action Plan

SUMPs-Up has launched its new report “Standards for Developing a SUMP Action Plan”.

It provides city planners with guidance on what to include in their Action Plans in terms of responsibilities, resources, stakeholder coordination, time plans, and funding sources.

Alongside this, it contains good examples of action plan documents and templates, alongside a user manual.

In addition, it breaks down the development of a SUMP Action Plan into an easy-to-understand six-step process, with the final stage of this an implementation plan.

The report complements the SUMPs-Up manuals focusing on SUMP measure selection by providing a detailed outline for how city planners may successfully implement measures.

To ensure its relevance to all cities, the report takes into account also different levels of SUMP development experience and degrees of maturity of cities across Europe.

For more information on the report and to download it, click here.

Three new manuals give advice on SUMP measure selection

Three new manuals provide guidance on a topic crucial to SUMP development - measure selection for and the integration of measure packages into a SUMP.There are three manuals, one for beginner, intermediate, and advanced cities respectively,

They all provide recommendations, ratings systems for priorities of measures, and checklists tailored to each city type. Each manual has its own thematic focus.

Using this information as a basis, cities will develop their ability to create road maps for their own SUMP measure development. To read the manuals, click here.

Three days of SUMPs in Sofia

SUMPs-Up came to Sofia for three days of intense learning, exchange, and mutual inspiration. Cities from the SUMP Learning Progamme (SLP), Bulgarian mobility practitioners, and national level actors took part in various activities between 13-15 February.

The first day gathered the learning group for the second SLP. This consists of small- or medium-sized cities with limited experience in sustainable urban mobility that are determined to develop a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). 13 cities from 7 countries gathered in Sofia for their first workshop.

They learned from Erik Stok from Hengelo in the Netherlands how important involving citizens in the SUMP process is: “The participatory process makes politicians accountable to the citizens”. Later in the afternoon, the SLP 2 cities held a rich discussion about the cooperation challenges they face. They reiterated the need for better links between the local and national level and support to guide their work, be that frameworks or funding. Their day finished with a city tour on a vintage tram.

The second day saw 23 mobility practitioners from all over Bulgaria gathered to exchange experiences with sustainable mobility in their cities. Sofia and other cities presented the measures they are using to transform the mobility mindset in the country. Sofia focused on its parking policy and pedestrianisation measures. Group discussions followed.

On the third and final day in the Bulgarian capital, SUMPs-Up gathered national level mobility actors. Key messages at the event were that a national level SUMP framework is vital to guide and support cities, and that national level guidelines and an approval process are needed to ensure consistency in the plans developed.

Alan O'Brien from JASPERS emphasised that "mobility doesn't respect territorial boundaries". Cities and regions need to look beyond municipal lines, consider their mobility links and shared needs, and work together.

Registration opens for European SUMP Conference

Registration just opened for the European Commission's 5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) on 14-15 May in Nicosia, Cyprus.

The Conference is Europe's leading annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice.

Representatives of local and regional authorities, policy makers, urban mobility planners, academics and other urban mobility professionals are especially welcome.

In line with the European Commission having dedicated the year 2018 to the promotion of multimodality, the theme of this year's conference is multimodality. To register, click here.

New report on European SUMP take-up

In some parts of the European Union, Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning and Plans (SUMPs) remain rare. Knowledge exists within the SUMP as to why that is the case, but until recently there had been no systematic in-depth empirical assessment that collected comprehensive data on the issue.

The new report from CIVITAS SUMPs-Up fills this gap. Based on a needs assessment that collected responses from mobility experts and over 300 cities, it examines SUMP take-up across Europe.

It emerged that good practice examples and peer-to-peer learning are the types of support that cities most desire. Only 6% of surveyed cities said they did not need any assistance.

 Access to funding and addressing transport challenges were named as being the two key drivers for cities developing SUMPs.

To read the full report, click here.

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:


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.


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.