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By Admin Eltis / Updated: 27 Jul 2016

Lithuanian cities start with the implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). In second quarter of 2015, Ministry of Transport and Communications has adopted the Guidelines on the Preparation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Lithuania (SUMP Guidelines). The Lithuanian SUMP Guidelines requirements are based on the main provisions of the EU’s Green Paper, White Paper, and Action Plan on urban mobility which will be integrated into existing strategic transport documents. Pursuant to the SUMP Guidelines municipalities with more than 25,000 inhabitants or having the status of a resort, are recommended to prepare SUMP for the development of 9 thematic areas - Promotion of public transport, Non-motor vehicle integration, Modal shift, Traffic safety and transport security, Improvement of traffic organization and mobility management, City logistics, Integration of people with special needs, Promotion of alternative fuels and clean vehicles, Assessment of Intelligent transport systems demand. SUMP development are based around already established city planning processes and closely linked to a city’s master plan. Most of the bigger cities in Lithuania have already in place a 10-year city master plan that has been developed within the last three to four years.

 

Although the Ministry of Transport and Communications has prepared some plans and funding for the large-scale development of sustainable urban transport and mobility projects, the issues that these projects will seek to solve have to be done at city-administration level, which means that decision-makers at national level can only provide guidelines and directives but ultimately cannot enforce it in cities. They provide some incentive to encourage SUMP implementation by providing funding. Cities can prepare a budget and apply for funds that have been set aside for sustainable transport activities; all allocation of such funding is carefully managed and evaluated to make sure that SUMP development will actually happen.

It is expected that 18 cities/towns will be initially targeted. The top five most populated cities (526 000 to 97 000) will be ‘high priority’; the next nine cities (with populations of between 57 000 to 25 000) will be ‘priority’; with the remaining four, that having ‘special preference’ due to being either coastal or spa resorts.

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