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Quantifying the effects of sustainable urban mobility plans

By News Editor / Updated: 10 Oct 2017

The European Commission is considering a European support framework for the implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in EU Member States. This consideration is consistent with the 2011 White Paper proposal to increase co-ordination between transport authorities and transport policy deciders.

Consequently, an interest on how different urban measures can be used in order to render transport activities more sustainable has given way to research concerning the impacts and effects that policy measures might have on socio-ecological systems.

These studies rely, mainly, on experts' opinions and past experiences in order to develop a common scorecard on how a transport system might react to different measures. This technical note uses the expert scoring information available in current scientific literature in order to explore the impacts and effects that different urban measures may have in planning for sustainability on a European-wide level.

Related SUMP themes:

- Assessment of current and future performance. This note provides insights in potential effects of measures that are considered as part of the sustainable urban mobility plan. This is useful when preparing an assessment of current and future performance.

“Assessment of current and future performance” is described as (EC, COM (2013) 913 final) follows. “The development of a sustainable urban mobility should build on a careful assessment of the present and future performance of the urban transport system.”

- Balanced and integrated development of all modes. The note considers relevant modes and measures, such as public transport, urban logistics and mobility management. Insights provided support authorities in considering (packages of) measures.

“Balanced and integrated development of all modes” is described as (EC, COM (2013) 913 final) follows “A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan fosters a balanced development of all relevant transport modes, while encouraging a shift towards more sustainable modes. The plan puts forward an integrated set of technical, infrastructure, policy-based, and soft measures to improve performance and cost-effectiveness with regard to the declared goal and specific objectives.”

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Quantifying the effects of sustainable urban mobility plans

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January 2013
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