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Apply now for the 8th SUMP Award

This year's award will focus on the inclusion of safe, active mobility in sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP). This covers the development and promotion of walking and cycling as urban transport modes and the improvement of safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The topical focus is based on this year's EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK theme, which puts the spotlight on safe walking and cycling and the benefits it can have for our health, our environment, and our bank balance.

Recognising that Europe’s cities can no longer afford to rely on private vehicles for mobility needs, the 8th SUMP Award encourages planning authorities to promote and plan for active modes.

In addition to flexibility, walking and cycling have many other benefits, such as social and economic accessibility, reliability, a low environmental footprint, and a positive impact on health.

The SUMP Award is presented together with the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK awards, and honours local authorities that have developed a SUMP that satisfies the diverse transport needs of people and businesses, whilst improving quality of life.

Applications will be accepted from European local and regional public authorities that have legal competence in developing and implementing a SUMP on their territory.

For more information about this year's edition of the award, the entrance criteria, and how to apply before the 31 October deadline, click here.

SUMP Guidelines and topic guides presented at SUMP Conference 2019

From 17-18 June, the 6th European Conference on Sustainability Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) took place in the cycling city of Groningen (the Netherlands).

SUMPs-Up was out in force at this year's event: it was involved several sessions, had a stand in the exhibition area, and held numerous presentations.

This included the public unveiling of the draft of the revised SUMP Guidelines in the conference's opening plenary by Siegfried Rupprecht, one of the document's authors. Over 400 people were present in the audience at the time.

Afterwards, the SUMP community was invited to discuss and provide comments in two interactive sessions; these focused predominantly on the refined SUMP cycle that sits at the heart of the Guidelines.

Over 100 people gave valuable and detailed feedback in these group discussions, which gave participants the chance to progress through the SUMP process.

The rich input collected will feed into the final version of the Guidelines, which is due to be published at the CIVITAS Forum Conference in Graz (Austria), 2 - 4 October 2019.

In addition, SUMPs-Up also presented four of the topic guides it is currently working on:

The new SUMP Guidelines and all 15 related Topical Guides are available online for download here.

For those who were not present in Groningen, comments can also be provided on the Guidelines via an online survey. Feedback can be provided to individual topic guide and authors by clicking through the tabulated table on the main Guidelines page.

The deadline for all comments is 9 July 2019.

View photos from the SUMP Conference here and find all presentations on the Eltis website.

The story of SUMPs-Up in Donostia-San Sebastian

At the start of June, SUMPs-Up held two workshops in Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain), one of the project's six partner cities.

From 4-5 June, the fifth SUMP Learning Programme (SLP 5) kicked off with its first face-to-face workshop. SLP 5 focuses on SUMP implementation and the procurement of services for and financing of measures.

Cities from across Europe gathered to discuss SUMP implementation. As they presented their key mobility challenges during the introduction round, it became evident that they face many of the same issues. Through the interaction and exchange the SLP offers, they stand to learn a lot from each other.

Later, the city of Kruševac (Serbia), the Akershus Region and the city of Oslo (Norway) told their stories of preparing and realising their mobility plans.  

SLP 5 concludes the learning programme series that began in Autumn 2017. By SUMPs-Up's end, close to 100 local authorities will have participated in the SLPs, enriching their SUMP knowledge in the process.

On 5 June, a workshop was held for mobility practitioners in Spain. This forms part of the learning activities that SUMPs-Up offers to experts working in mobility around Europe.

Several Spanish cities presented how the implementation of a SUMP (in Spanish: PMUS - Planos de Movilidad Urbana y Sostenible) is helping them use more sustainable modes of transport.

In the afternoon, participants discussed new mobility topics, such as the implementation of Low Emission and Noise Zones and micromobility, alongside how to finance mobility measures and involve citizens and stakeholders in their planning.

The City of Vienna was an active participant in both workshops. Thomas Vith explained that instead of focusing on modes, Vienna focuses on the relationship between measures. It has defined fields of actions like sharing instead of owning and mobility needs innovation that combine actions targeted at several modes of transport.

Both days ended with site visit that introduced participants to measures in Donostia-San Sebastian designed to encourage active mobility.

Download the presentations from the Spanish mobility practitioners workshop here (zipped folder) and see photos from SLP 5 here.

Draft edition of second SUMP Guidelines released - feedback is invited

Since the first edition of the SUMP Guidelines was published in late 2013, it has acted as the main European reference document for urban transport and mobility practitioners developing and implementing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

Many cities in Europe and around the world have developed SUMPs, whilst numerous European Union-funded projects and programmes have contributed valuable knowledge to help cities develop this new generation of mobility plans.

Why is an update needed?

Whilst the Guidelines continue to be used extensively, many new urban mobility trends have emerged and a wealth of practical SUMP experience has been acquired since the document's publication.

It was time to rethink and update the original Guidelines. A comprehensive process to update European SUMP guidance was started in 2018, including a revision of the Guidelines itself, alongside the development of a range of complementary topic guides on specific aspects of sustainable urban mobility planning.

The publication of the draft document marks an important milestone in the take-up of a new planning culture in Europe.

This comprehensive revision aims to integrate the dynamic developments in many areas of urban mobility and reflect the rich experience of SUMP implementation that has accumulated since 2013. 

Read and provide feedback on the draft Guidelines and topic guides

Find a PDF of the draft document here and visit the dedicated Guidelines page on the Eltis website. Drafts of the topic guides can also be seen in the tabulated table on this page.

All interested parties can provide feedback until 9 July 2019 using the links found on the Guidelines page.

The draft was prepared specifically for the sixth annual SUMP Conference, which took place in Groningen (the Netherlands) from 17-18 June 2019. Following its public presentation by Siegfried Rupprecht, one its the main authors, in the main plenary, two dedicated feedback sessions were held.

Group discussions and an 'exhibition' format ensured that everyone had the chance to contribute in an intimate setting.

The final version of the guidance will be published at the CIVITAS Forum in Graz (Austria), 2 - 4 October 2019.

New podcast zooms in on Eastern Europe to look at SUMPs through a different lens

Towns and cities all across Europe experience unique local challenges when developing their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

Geographical and cultural contexts play a major role and mean that a diversified approach to SUMP development is necessary.

But what are these differences? How do they impact on and differentiate SUMP development?

A new podcast from the CIVITAS SUMP projects (SUMPs-Up, PROSPERITY and SUITS) sheds light on the challenges that towns and cities in Eastern and Central Europe face when developing and implementing their SUMPs.

Seven cities from seven countries across the region discussed their experiences in SUMP development. They were Belgrade (Republic of Serbia), Budapest (Hungary), Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic), Lviv (Ukraine), Palanga (Lithuania), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and Skopje (Republic of Macedonia).

Budapest, Hradec Kralove, and Palanga are SUMPs-Up, PROSPERITY and SUITS partner cities respectively.

Some issues recurred in numerous cities, whilst others arose due to particular local specificities. What united them all, however, was their need for support and expert guidance in developing their SUMPs.

Listen to the full podcast here.

Join SUMPs-Up webinar on 9 May on preparing and gaining political commitment to a SUMP action plan

How do you ensure the implementation of measures in a sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP)? How do you engage decision makers in the SUMP process?

Find out in the fourth CIVITAS SUMPs-Up webinar for mobility practitioners on 9 May, 10:00 - 11.30 CET!

It will explore these crucial questions by focusing on an important milestone in the SUMP process – developing the SUMP action plan and ensuring political commitment to it.

The action plan forms the core part of a SUMP, as it provides a clarification of how to reach the targets that have been set within the plan. To ensure wide support for it, gaining political commitment to the related actions and engaging politicians in the SUMP process is crucial.

The city of Budapest (Hungary) will reveal how it has engaged its decision makers in their local SUMP process.

The webinar will also present the manual produced by SUMPs-Up to help local authorities prepare action plans. The manual suggests one way of developing an action plan that is suitable for most cities, particularly those who do not yet have much SUMP experience.

It outlines the steps for preparing the action plan, which are illustrated by examples from cities, and includes a concrete action plan template.

Register here and read the agenda here. Watch previous webinars on the SUMPs-Up YouTube channel.

Mobility practitioners invited to join SUMPs-Up webinar -  Measure selection for SUMPs - on 20 March

Are you eager to learn about different measures that can help achieve the goals outlined in your city’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)? If so, join the third CIVITAS SUMPs-Up webinar for mobility practitioners on 20 March!

Systematic and judicious SUMP measure selection and effectively combining these measures is central for SUMP development and implementation.

This webinar will highlight this crucial step of the SUMP process, showcasing a series of manuals produced by SUMPs-Up that aid cities in measure selection and creating measure packages.

The manuals cover three different city profiles, each of which cover a different level of experience and expertise in the development of mobility policies and measures.

In addition, Barna Ciprian, a mobility planner from Oradea metropolitan area, Romania, will share Oradea's experiences in the selection of different measures implemented within the SUMP framework.

The webinar will take place on 20 March, 10:00-11:30 CET.

To find out more about the webinar, read the agenda. Register for the webinar here.

Photo contest deadline extended - one image can make your city a sustainable mobility star

A picture is worth a thousand words! For its photo competition, CIVITAS SUMPs-Up is looking for a photo that captures sustainable mobility in your town or city.

The winning image will star on the cover of the upcoming revised EU SUMP Guidelines. Used by cities, mobility experts, and politicians across Europe, they are Europe's most important mobility guidelines.

All it takes is one photo! Show us sustainable mobility in action - the greener and safer the better!

The deadline for submitting entries has been extended to 19 March 2019, 18.00 CET (Central European Time)! Send your photos to contact@sumps-up.eu.

Don't miss this chance to show why your town or city is a sustainable mobility success story.

To view the full terms and conditions, including information on eligibility, the judging process and more, click here.

Best of luck to all entrants!

Europe's SUMP community gathers to discuss reshaping EU SUMP Guidelines

Over 50 figures from Europe's SUMP community came together on Wednesday 12 December in Brussels to discuss the revision of the EU SUMP Guidelines. 

The morning was opened by Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General at the European Commission's Directorate General for Transport and Mobility.

He emphasised that “solutions to address urban mobility challenges exist in cities“. When combined with their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, much of what is necessary to create the next generation of SUMPs is already there.

Following this, three cities with experience of using the Guidelines - Maia (Portugal), Tampere (Finland), and Oradea (Romania) - presented their SUMP stories.

Marta Moreira from Maia made clear the challenges involved in changing attitudes and the requirement to be “courageous” in a town where cars have 70% modal share.

Speaking about Oradea, Ciprian Barna said that a set of SUMP indicators at EU level is vital to benchmark success, even if progress is apparent like Oradea, where a SUMP and measures such as an express bus lane have been implemented.

Sanna Ovaska outlined Tampere’s desire to become carbon neutral by 2030 and how mobility will contribute. However, she thought that just offering mobility improvements, like the new tramline in her city, is insufficient: “carrots are not enough, sticks are needed.”

The ensuing panel discussion between Matthew Baldwin and the three cities saw all cities emphasise that the new Guidelines should explain how to move from pilots, to projects, to policy.

The second half of the morning, an interactive workshop, enabled the participants – with backgrounds ranging from cities, industry, academia and civil society to EU and international institutions - to express what they would like to see in the updated Guidelines.

Funding was a recurring topic. The desire was expressed for detailed information to be included on possible sources, alongside comparisons of how much measures cost. Such figures could help overcome a crucial barrier - political reluctance.

Ways to create (political) support were also discussed. The importance of local knowledge and understanding the impact measures might have on individual lives, particularly if negative, was repeated.

To achieve this, dialogue must be integral to and be present at the beginning of the SUMP process. Advice for ensuring buy-in from and the involvement of various stakeholders throughout the SUMP process will sit at the heart of the Guidelines.

The contributions gathered from all those in Brussels will serve to inform and inspire the document, a version of which will be presented at the next EU SUMP Conference. This will take place in Groningen (the Netherlands), 17-18 June 2019.

Download the city presentations here: MaiaOradea; and Tampere.

The event formed part of ICLEI Europe's Breakfast at Sustainability's series.

Read new policy recommendations for boosting SUMP take-up in EU cities

A new series of policy recommendations have been launched that give officials working at local, national, and European levels concise suggestions on how to foster the take-up of SUMPs.

These are broken down into five separate areas:


  • See - this relates to developing your SUMP vision.
  • Shape - find advice on how adopt a flexible approach.
  • Grow - ways to deepen and share SUMP knowledge.
  • Engage - getting stakeholders on board with your SUMP ideas.
  • Give - how smart and targeted finance can maximise impact.

These are summarised from the insight gained from various sets of SUMPs-Up results and data, namely the ‘Users’ needs analysis on SUMP take-up’ (2017); the ‘National Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) programmes analysis’ (2018); the ‘Interim result report: city-level SUMP monitoring and impact evaluation’ (2018) and the ‘SUMPs-Up interim report on the project level evaluation’ (2018).

Download the summary here and all other reports on the main reports page.

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