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Activity 6.2: Learn from others’ experience


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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.

Por Admin Eltis / Actualizado: 11 Nov 2015


Identifying the most effective measures should be based on more than your own experience, desktop research and local exchange. It can be extremely valuable to learn from the experience of those who have already implemented measures which you are considering for your local context, and for most measures, you will likely find other places in your country and/or elsewhere in Europe which have experimented with them. This avoids “re-inventing the wheel” and making costly mistakes that others may already have learnt from.



  • Learn from those who have already implemented measures that you are considering.
  • Avoid starting from scratch. Use the experience available elsewhere.
  • Provide convincing evidence and arguments for implementing a measureinfo-icon in your local context.



  • Identify other places where a key measure you are interested in has already been implemented.
  • Get in touch with the key actors who implemented the measure (either by phone or by arranging a site visit to see measures in action).
  • Summarise the conclusions as input in the selection process.


Activities beyond essential requirements

  • Look for good examples beyond your own country as well.
  • Invite practitioners from other places to your city for advice.
  • Bring your local decision makers to a site visit in a place where a measure has been successfully implemented.


Timing and coordination

  • In parallel to > Activity 6.1 Identify the most effective measures



Identified interesting places that have implemented a measure.
Exchange with implementers established.
Key results summarised.


For more information

On the European level, the two most encompassing resources for implementations of urban mobilityinfo-icon measures (and packages of measures) in cities throughout Europe are the case study sections of Eltis (www.eltis.org), i.e. the European Commission’s urban mobility portal as well as its website of the CiViTAS Initiative for cleaner and better transport in cities (www.civitas.eu).



European NICHES project: Exchange on implementation of innovative transport concepts

The European NICHES+ Project (2008-2011) aimed at networking stakeholders that work on innovative urban transport and mobility solutions. In this context, it proved to be extremely valuable to arrange an exchange between practitioners interested in implementing a measure in their local context and others who had already implemented a similar concept elsewhere. An example is the exchange between the French Region Artois-Gohelle and the cities of Salzburg and Munich on accessibilityinfo-icon measures. A French team visited both cities and learned about the extensive experiences of Salzburg on travel training and the Munich concept of Neighbourhood Accessibility Planning. Another example is the exchange between the French cities of Nantes and Lorient with Worcestershire, UK, on bus rapid transit systems. The French cities have successful systems running that helped Worcestershire to learn more about specific challenges that need to be addressed for local implementation.

For details see: www.niches-transport.org


European SUGAR Project - Sustainable Urban Goods Logistics Achieved by Local and Regional Policies

SUGAR focuses on addressing the problem of inefficient and ineffective management of urban freight distribution, a critical component of the overall urban transport system and a primary source of vehicle pollutant emissions.

To accomplish this goal, the project promotes the exchange, discussion and transfer of policyinfo-icon experience, knowledge and good practices through policy and planning levers in the field of urban freight management, between and among Good Practice and Transfer sites.

For details see: www.sugarlogistics.eu