Latest SUMPs-Up News

SLP Call 2 Open

SUMPs-Up has opened the call for cities to join the next round of its SUMPs Learning Programme (SLP).

Up to 40 planning authorities have the chance to take part in SLP 3 and 4, which start in September and December 2018. Together these groups of mobility practitioners will form the second Expert Group of SUMP cities.

Both SLP 3 and 4 focus on the SUMP elaboration process. The six month programmes combine knowledge transfer and testing and assessment with learning on concepts, approaches, tools, and methodologies for SUMP development.

SUMPs-Up is seeking mobility and transport professionals active in local or regional transport planning authorities with sustainable mobility planning experience. Those currently elaborating their first SUMP are also encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is 18:00 CET on 8 April. Click here to access the application form and all call documentation.

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.