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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.

By Admin Eltis / Uuendatud: 28 May 2019

Definition – In the context of SUMP development, the functioning areainfo-icon refers to the geographical area that should be covered by the plan. The functioning area is determined based on travel-to-work patterns of people travelling to and from the city from the surrounding area.

Relevance to SUMP – An important aspect of the SUMP concept is that the geographical area of the plan should reflect the pattern of journeys routinely made by people as opposed to administrative boundaries. Defining the functioning area of a city is a priority task early in the process as it determines which neighbouring authorities, as a minimum, should be engaged in SUMP development and implementation. In an ideal scenarioinfo-icon, the city authorityinfo-icon and neighbouring public authorities would agree to prepare and adopt a joint SUMP. Where this is not possible, neighbouring authorities within the functioning area of the city should be engaged in the process through horizontal/territorial integrationinfo-icon to facilitate agreement to key aspects of the plan, such as the visioninfo-icon, objectives, targets, measures and monitoringinfo-icon and evaluationinfo-icon plan.

A functioning area would be expected to include, but not necessarily be limited to, the urban agglomeration – see agglomeration (urban).

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