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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 / Updated: 28 May 2019

Definition – Politicsinfo-icon refers to the activities associated with the governanceinfo-icon of a country, region or city, in particular the debate between different political parties, organisations and people who try to influence the way a country is governed.

Relevance to SUMP – SUMP practitioners should check with local decision makers and key stakeholders with a say in relevant policyinfo-icon fields to what extent SUMP objectives are in line with the current political agenda. Alignment between SUMP objectives and current high profile topics, e.g. traffic congestion or air pollution, can help secure political commitment to planning processes and the implementation of measures. This does not mean that other mobilityinfo-icon related problems, as identified through a participatory approach to planning, should be neglected in SUMP preparation.

Source: Cambridge Dictionaires (online); Oxford Dictionaries (online)

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