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. These will be targeted at a variety of audiences, with some more relevant practioners and others to policy makers.


Boosting SUMP Take-Up in EU Cities

This report provides an overview of the state of the SUMP concept in Europe and its take-up throughout EU Member States.

Building on previous publications, including the "User Needs Analysis on SUMP Take-Up" (see below), it informs on the drivers for SUMP implementation across the EU and the main barriers hindering the broader adoption of SUMPs in European cities and the knowledge needs of implementing actors.

Alongside this, it provides a series of recommendations to local authorities, Member States and the EU on how to foster SUMP take-up. These recommendations have also been compiled in a concise leaflet that serves as a handy reference document for all SUMP actors. 

Download the summary leaflet
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The Status of SUMPs in EU Member States

A large number of cities throughout Europe still cite a lack of strong technical support and quality control for SUMPs from the national level, thereby hindering SUMP take-up.

To ascertain where and to what extent this applies, SUMPs-Up collaborated closely with CIVITAS PROSPERITY to collect and assess information on SUMP-related national frameworks currently in place in European Union Member States. 

This analysis was compiled into the "SUMPs in Member States" report. It focuses on the following key questions:

  • the current status of national SUMP programmes in EU Member States;
  • successful national programmes and their key contents;
  • drivers and barriers linked to sustainable urban mobility planning in cities, regions, and countries;
  • the needs of national and regional level representatives for the development and improvement of national programmes. 

This report builds on and updates the 2013 “National Inventories Summary” report of the ENDURANCE project, whilst also drawing upon the 2017 national inventories of 30 European countries for input. 

In doing so, the report presents national governments with insightful information concerning the current state of their national frameworks relevant to SUMP development and potential areas for improvement.

Two annexes -  “Annex 1: National SUMP programme per country/region”; “Annex 2: Best practices” - provide a detailed account of national SUMP inventories and 21 best practice examples.

Download different versions of the report below:

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 summary results report
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