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The SUMP process

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 28 May 2019

Preparing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) is a complex undertaking. Guidelines developed with the Commission's support offer concrete suggestions on how to apply the SUMP concept and prepare an urban mobility strategy that builds on a clear vision for the sustainable development of an urban area. This process of developing and implementing a SUMP can be broken down into 11 main steps:

Step 1: Determine your potential for a successful SUMP

Step 2: Define the development process and scope of the plan

Step 3: Analyse the mobility situation and develop scenarios

Step 4: Develop a common vision

Step 5: Set priorities and measurable targets

Step 6: Develop effective packages of measures

Step 7: Agree on clear responsibilities and allocate budgets

Step 8: Build systems for monitoring and assessment into the plan

Step 9: Adopt the SUMP

Step 10: Ensure proper management and communication (when implementing the plan)

Step 11: Learn the lessons


SUMP Guidelines

The guidelines are intended for local authorities, urban transport and mobility practitioners, as well as other stakeholders involved in the preparation of a SUMP. Each step of the plan development process is illustrated with good practice examples, tools and references to further information.

They are available for download in the following languages:


An online version of the guidelines has also been made available (in English) to provide a convenient and interactive source of information for mobility practitioners.

The guidelines stem from a review of existing documents and a thorough consultation process of experts across Europe organised between 2010 and 2013 as part of a service contract for the European Commission.


SUMP Self-Assessment Tool

The SUMP Self-Assessment Tool enables planning authorities to assess a plan’s compliance with the European Union’s SUMP concept and guidelines, both during the development of the plan and once the plan is completed.

Self-assessment is based on 100 clear and transparent questions following the steps in the SUMP planning cycle. The results help planning authorities understand the strengths and weaknesses of the planning process.

The tool is available to use for free on a non-commercial basis.


SUMP Glossary

The aim of the SUMP Glossary is to provide a single resource for practitioners to find a brief explanation of specialist terms and abbreviations related to the subject of sustainable urban mobility planning. The Glossary has been prepared by a team of experts reviewing relevant reports, guidance documents and existing glossaries. 


The SUMP planning cycle:

The guidelines are the result of a review of existing documents and a thorough and European-wide expert consultation process organised between 2010 and 2013 as part of a service contract for the European Commission.