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The aim of the SUMP Glossary is to provide a brief explanation of specialist words, terms and abbreviations relating to the subject of sustainable urban mobility planning. The Glossary has been prepared by the CH4LLENGE project and as a result, there is a particular focus on defining terms relating to the four key challenges of plan development studied by the project, namely: participation, cooperation, measure selection and monitoring & evaluation. It is envisaged that, over time, the international community of mobility practitioners will add to the content of the online Glossary and produce versions in different languages.
A simple structure has been followed so that users can search for words, terms and abbreviations in a standard alphabetic format. For each Glossary term, the following information is provided:
• a general definition and, where available, a specific definition relating to transport and mobility planning;
• an explanation of why the term is relevant to sustainable urban mobility planning; and
• references to sources.
The preparation of the Glossary, including the selection of terms and drafting of definitions, has been informed by a review of relevant reports, guidance documents and existing glossaries. The key reference is the European Union “Guidelines - Developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” prepared for the EC’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme by Rupprecht Consult (January 2014) and therefore this has not been identified as a source throughout the document. The outputs of the CH4LLENGE project have also provided a principal source of information and the official documents can be found at www.sump-challenges.eu.

Please note that not all the explanatory text is taken directly from the listed sources. The authors have sought to take established definitions and information as the basis and explain these in simple terms and relate them to the context of sustainable urban mobility planning where this was not previously the case.

Af Admin Eltis / Opdateret: 28 May 2019

Definition – equalityinfo-icon refers to the state of being equal, especially in status, rights or opportunities. The Declaration of Principles on Equality, formulated by the Equal Rights Trust, defines the Right to Equality as: “the right for all human beings to be equal in dignity, to be treated with respect and consideration and to participate on an equal basis with others in any area of economic, social, political, cultural or civil life. All human beings are equal before the law and have the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.”

The terms equality and equityinfo-icon are sometimes used interchangeably, which can lead to confusion as there are important distinctions. Simply put, equality is treating everyone the same, while equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. With equality, everyone gets the same things and is treated in the same way – but that does not necessarily acknowledge that people do not have the same needs. In contrast, equity acknowledges that people have different starting points and different needs and attempts to provide what each individual needs to be successful and to accelerate progress towards equality for all groups in society (see also diversityinfo-icon).

Relevance to SUMP – An overarching objectiveinfo-icon of SUMP development is to “ensure all citizens are offered transport options that enable access to key destinations and services” (emphasis added). To help achieve this objective, the principle of equality can be applied at different stages of the process, for example: equality of opportunity to participate in SUMP preparation; and using equality as a criterion during scenarioinfo-icon appraisalinfo-icon and measureinfo-icon selection. See also equity.

Source: Oxford dictionaries (online); www.equalrightstrust.org; SGBA e-learning resourceinfo-icon (online); Everyday Feminism Magazine (online)

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