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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 – Targets are the expression of a goal or aim in relation to an indicatorinfo-icon. For example, if the indicator ‘CO2 emissions from transport’ is selected within a SUMP, a targetinfo-icon could be to reduce the C02 emissions by 30% from the current level by 2025. Each target is therefore focussed on a specific topic (e.g. modal split; road safety) and defines what should be achieved by the end of the plan period in comparison to the current situation.

SMART Targetinfo-iconThe concept of SMART targets provides a means for setting SUMP targets that enable robust monitoringinfo-icon and evaluationinfo-icon processes. SMART targets are:

  • Specific – precisely described using quantitative or qualitative terms that are understood by all stakeholders
  • Measurable – the current situation has been measured and is known. Resources are also in place to measureinfo-icon the changes (qualitative or quantitative) that occur
  • Achievable – based on the technical, operational and financial competencies available and stakeholderinfo-icon agreements/commitments that have been made
  • Relevant – this stresses the importance of choosing targets that matter, that drive urban mobilityinfo-icon forward and that support or are in alignment with other targets
  • Time-bound – key dates for the achievement of the target are clearly defined

Relevance to SUMP – Targets represent the most concrete form of commitment in a SUMP. Setting targets is necessary to ensure that a SUMP is transparent in terms of setting clear and measurable aims for mobility, and to enable robust monitoring and evaluation processes.

Source: IEE, 2013

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