Over the course of the project, SUMPs-Up will release reports on a number of themes relating to SUMP development and implementation across the EU. The first two are a report outlining the findings from the needs assessment survey carried out in the initial phase of SUMPs-Up, alongside one focusing on SUMP action plan development.

Standards for Developing a SUMP Action Plan

While support is available for local authorities in the selection of measures and measure packages, including SUMPs-Up manuals on the theme, they are nonetheless missing more precise information on how to implement these measures successfully.

The SUMP Action Plan report seeks to fill this void: it provides city planners with the step-by-step know-how necessary for the development of SUMP action plans. Furthermore, it takes into account different levels of SUMP development experience and SUMP maturity amongst cities.

The report contains the following:

  • guidance in terms of what to include in an action plan, including responsibilities, resources, stakeholder coordination, time plans, and funding sources;
  • a breakdown of developing an action plan into a six-step process, with the final stage of this an implementation plan;
  • examples of action plan templates and a user manual;
  • references to examples of good action plans.

Download the report here


The Needs Assessment Report

Although knowledge concerning the reasons for low SUMP take-up and the challenges and barriers to its development exists within the SUMP community, the Needs Assessment provides the first systematic empirical assessment of SUMP take-up in Europe. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods were utilised to answer questions tackling aspects such as current SUMP status, drivers and barriers to SUMP development, city needs, etc. The process consisted of:

Needs Assessment Sampling Methods

Key findings include:

  • Cities require assistance when selecting measures in newer policy areas, such as shared mobility services and automation, and in implementing measures when traditional policy areas are concerned.
  • Good practice examples and peer-to-peer learning are the types of support that cities most desire.
  • Access to funding and addressing transport challenges are the two key drivers for cities developing SUMPs.

Download the main results report
Download the full needs assessment report