Over 400 delegates have gathered in Dubrovnik (Croatia) for the 4th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans to discuss, exchange and learn about intelligent planning for sustainable mobility.
The conference is the principal annual event enabling an international community of practitioners, policy makers, city staff and academics from across Europe to come together to debate key issues, highlight developments in mobility planning and exchange ideas and experience.
Opening the conference, Maja Bakran Marcich, the European Commission's deputy director-general for mobility and transport, said: ‘Cities are faced with serious challenges such as transport-related emissions that impact our health and climate, noise pollution, congestion and road safety issues.
'An increased number of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans will play an essential role in alleviating these challenges. From 2013, within the Urban Mobility Package, we presented the guidelines for the development of SUMPs. Following this we’ve witnessed an expanding network of cities committing to the development and implementation of SUMPs.'
Ms Bakran Marcich added that, although the European Commission has provided the framework, 'we cannot succeed without cities, who are truly our engines of change.'
She also encouraged participants to think about how to reach out to new cities and explain the myriad benefits of establishing an SUMP, and consider what should come next, once a solid network of SUMPs is established across Europe.