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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.

Par Admin Eltis / Mis à jour: 28 May 2019

Definition – Intermodalityinfo-icon (not to be confused with multimodalityinfo-icon) relates to improving the efficiency and attractiveness of a single trip made with more than one transport modeinfo-icon (e.g. walking, train and bus), with the aim of offering travellers a seamless journey. This requires the creation of integrated transport systems through the harmonisation of different transport services and the creation of organised connections between different transport modes, for instance as in park and ride. Five key measures that can foster improved intermodality are: 1) conveniently located transport stations and interchanges that offer a range of options for onwards travel (e.g. public transport services, bicycle-sharing, safe walking routes etc.); 2) a comprehensive public transport, cycling and walking network; 3) intermodal journey planning software; 4) integrated ticketing and e-ticketing; 5) and pricing and demand managementinfo-icon schemes.

Relevance to SUMP – A SUMP should seek to foster the balanced development of all relevant transport modes, while encouraging a shift towards more sustainable modes. SUMP development should therefore involve a robust appraisalinfo-icon of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and constraints of different transport modes. In this respect, fostering intermodality has an important role in making public transport and non-motorised transport more competitive, efficient and attractive for users. The European Commission’s Urban Mobilityinfo-icon Package Annex ‘A concept for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans’ identifies intermodality as one the topics that should be addressed in a SUMP. It notes that a SUMP should contribute to better integrationinfo-icon of the different modes and should identify measures aimed specifically at facilitating seamless transitions between different modes of transport.

Source: EC, 2013; JRC, 2013; NODES, 2014; UN HABITAT, 2013

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