As part of the Interreg REFORM project, a consortium of seven organisations, located in five different European countries, supports the implementation and deployment of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) as an instrument for shifting mobility towards low-carbon patterns. This project gives particular attention to regions which play a central role to encourage the adoption of SUMPs by local authorities, including small towns and medium-sized cities.
Collection of 26 Good Practices
In this framework, the REFORM project recently published a collection of Good Practices on sustainable urban mobility. A total of 26 Good Practices have been identified by the REFORM partners. All Good Practices consist of implemented initiatives, projects, processes and techniques which have proved to be successful in the area of sustainable urban mobility planning. The Good Practices have been selected for their potential to help regions to elaborate SUMPs at the regional level, to increase the number of cities in the region with a SUMP or to support the implementation of SUMPs in small and medium-size municipalities.
The 26 Good Practices come both from the four REFORM regions: Emilia-Romagna (Italy), Central Macedonia (Greece), Greater Manchester (UK) and Parkstad Limburg (Netherlands) and from other European regions and cities. The countries of the four REFORM regions are logically the most represented, with nine Good Practices from the United Kingdom, four Good Practices from both Greece and Italy and three Good Practices from the Netherlands. The other examples are from Austria, Belgium, France, Slovenia and Sweden.
An analysis of the Good Practices shows that they mainly cover the following topics: the integration of SUMP and other urban planning instruments; capacity development for in local administrations; stakeholders’ involvement and participation in SUMPs, standardisation of SUMPs and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to support SUMP development.
An inspiration for cities and regions
The Good Practices have been compiled into a single booklet: EU good practices on sustainable mobility planning and SUMP. In this compilation, each Good Practice is described in detail in a two-page factsheet which highlights the relevance of the action in the implementation context, a concise analysis of its results as well as an analysis of its transferability in other regions and/or cities.
The Good Practices have been selected according to the REFORM region’s needs and priorities regarding the development of sustainable urban mobility planning both regionally and locally. They will serve as an inspiration the REFORM regions and will be integrated in their respective regional Action Plans (APs) at a later stage.
The REFORM consortium also expects that other regional and local authorities will be inspired by the Good Practices!