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Activity 7.1: Assign responsibilities and resources


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: 04 Sep 2015


When a final set of measures has been selected, it is time to assign responsibilities and resources. A clear picture of who is in charge of an action and where the funding comes from is a cornerstone of every Sustainable Urban Mobility Planinfo-icon. This requires close coordination and discussion among all actors that will have a role in developing and implementing the measures or packages of measures.



  • Identify required resources and responsibilities for the implementation of the selected (packages of) measures.
  • Assure that all measures are clearly prioritised and realistically deliverable.
  • Secure efficient and effective allocation of resources (human, knowledge, funds).
  • Ensure close coordination with stakeholders for implementation.



  • Discuss the proposed measures with the stakeholders who could potentially play a role in designing and implementing them.
  • Identify options for who can take the lead in implementing a measureinfo-icon and where the funding could come from.
  • Validate a realistic plan: check the consistency between planned activities, targets aimed at and allocated budgets.
  • Ensure good coordination between different funding sources.
  • Organise meetings with concerned stakeholders to discuss and agree on responsibilities and resources.


Details on the tasks 

Possible funding sources

  • Local taxes: a special local transport tax for public transport paid by public or private enterprises, developers;
  • Revenue funding: tickets, parking fees, city centre pricing, congestion charging, advertisements;
  • Private sector operators, developers, industry; knowledge and skills – SMEs;
  • Fundraising activities involving appropriate sponsors (but consider compatibility with marketing strategyinfo-icon);
  • Local budgets: from different municipalities and different policyinfo-icon domains;
  • State subsidies (regional sources if applicable);
  • EU subsidies.

Source: Pilot Manual – full version, amended,


Activities beyond essential requirements

  • Involve citizens in discussion on final selection of measures.


Timing and coordination

  • Evolves in parallel with the development of scenarios (> Activity 3.2) and targets (> Activity 5.2); concluded after Step 6 Develop effective packages of measures.
  • Process takes several months.



Final set of packages of measures proposed.
Responsibilities and possible funding sources identified.
Discussion with concerned stakeholders concluded.