Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans take centre stage in Europe

By Pavlina Dravecka / Updated: 22 Sep 2015

The European Commission has indicated that it will step up its support to towns and cities, and encourage the development of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. These initiatives form the cornerstones of the new ‘Urban Mobility Package’, which the European Commission adopted on 17 December 2013.


Vice-President Siim Kallas, EU commissioner for mobility and transport, said, ‘Addressing the problems of urban mobility is one of the great challenges in transport today. With coordinated action we can be more successful. Local authorities are the key decision makers. They are best placed to take important local decisions, but they should benefit from support at national and EU level.’


With the Urban Mobility Package, the Commission bolsters its supporting measures in the area of urban mobility by reinforcing the exchange of best practice and enhancing cooperation, providing targeted financial support and investing in research and development. It also identifies concrete initiatives in relation to urban logistics, access regulations and road user charging, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as well as urban road safety.

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans play an important role in achieving the Commission’s aims. Following years of exchange and analysis of best practice that involved experts and stakeholders across Europe, a concept for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans has emerged as an effective approach to stimulate a shift towards more sustainable mobility and a higher quality of life in urban areas. The Annex to the Urban Mobility Package sets out in more detail the concept for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, including its strategic objectives, topics to be addressed as well as its main characteristics.


A European Platform on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans will be launched to coordinate EU cooperation on developing the concept and relevant tools further. This platform will coordinate all Commission-supported activities in this area and foster broader exchange. The present portal on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans,, will be expanded into a virtual knowledge and competence centre and be integrated into the Eltis portal.


Practitioners interested in developing a SUMP can draw on guidelines that have been revised based on experiences gained at training events held across Europe in 2011/12. The Guidelines - Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan outline the essential steps involved in developing such a plan. They include good practice examples, tools and references to illustrate each step.


For more information about the Urban Mobility Package, visit theEuropean Commission’s website.

A number of other European funded or supported projects and initiatives are addressing issues in relation to Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, including:

>> Do the right mix - the European Commission’s Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign
>> ADVANCE - Audit and certification scheme
>> EcoMobility SHIFT - Assessment and audit scheme
>> QUEST - A quality management tool for urban energy efficient sustainable transport
>> BUMP - Making urban mobility sustainable: in 4 steps
>> CH4LLENGE - Addressing the four key challenges of sustainable urban mobility planning
>> CIVITAS - Cleaner and better transport in cities
>> ENDURANCE - National and European support networks for sustainable urban mobility
>> Poly-SUMP - Planning sustainable mobility together
>> PUMAS EU - Planning Sustainable regional-urban mobility in the alpine space
>> SOLUTIONS - Sharing opportunities for low carbon urban transportation
>> TIDE - Transport innovation deployment for Europe