How can we boost SUMP take-up across Europe?

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19-06-2018

On 13 June at the Vienna House in Brussels, representatives from cities, the European Commission and other thematic organisations, discussed how to best support and boost SUMP take-up in cities and regions in the EU.

Competitive, socially fair, and environmentally sound transport systems that encourage sustainable urban mobility are crucial to prosperity and wellbeing.
Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) help create such systems. However, there remain significant gaps in their take-up between Member States.
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) provides a more structured framework for sustainable urban mobility planning that includes legal definition, guidance, assessment scheme, or other types of support. However, improvements can still be made.
On 13 June at the Vienna House in Brussels, representatives from cities, the European Commission and other thematic organisations, discussed how to best support and boost SUMP take-up in cities and regions in the EU.
Draft recommendations and effective SUMP take-up strategies, resulting from a recent analysis held with 300 European city and national government representatives, were presented. These included, for example: creating a formal interdepartmental working group for SUMP development within a city; making use of most experienced cities to raise awareness and share best practices; entrusting a single national body with SUMP control and monitoring; investing in capacity building activities and funding that tackle transport planning evaluation, indicator development and data gathering.
A final version of the recommendations will be available in Autumn 2018.  
The event was organised by CIVITAS SUMPs-Up, that assists planning authorities with SUMP development and implementation.