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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 – There is no single authoritative definition of liveability. Following is one of several proposed definitions submitted by participants of the 1st European SUMP conference in Sopot, Poland:

“A liveable city is one that works hard to maintain equityinfo-icon between its economic activity, the health of its environmentinfo-icon/ecology and the quality of lifeinfo-icon of citizens. SUMP is a key ingredient in developing a liveable city as it allows all citizens to participate in strategic planning.”

In general, a liveable city refers to a city that fulfils the desire for pleasant outdoor conditions that support and stimulate social, cultural and recreational activity in neighbourhoods.

Relevance to SUMP – SUMP objectives refer to a balanced range of environmental, social and economic issues, all of which can contribute to improved liveability and quality of life.

Source: CIFAL, 2014

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