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Activity 9.2: Adopt the plan


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: 11 Nov 2015


The Sustainable Urban Mobility Planinfo-icon needs to be legitimised by the elected political representatives of the responsible body/bodies that develop the plan. This is a key step in making it accountable and providing an agreed upon framework for measureinfo-icon implementation.



  • Ensure a legitimate and accountable plan.
  • Foster acceptance of the plan.
  • Provide an agreed upon framework for measure implementation.



  • Ensure formal adoption of the SUMP by the elected representatives of the public body/bodies responsible for planning (e.g. city council, regional council).


Timing and coordination

  • After plan document has been finished and before measure implementation.
  • Adoption process may take a few months (see example below).


Details on the tasks

Different framework conditions for plan adoption

The exact form of adoption will depend on the national regulatory framework and administrative structure. In general terms, the following needs to be achieved:

  • Those authorities responsible for drawing up the action and budget plan should also adopt it, ensuring compliance with national regulation regarding plan adoption and (where applicable) minimum sustainable urban mobilityinfo-icon planning requirements. The possibility that any party involved could take legal action against a plan that contravenes these rules should be anticipated.
  • The action and budget plan of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan has to be assessed with an eye to the impacts of policies and measures, to procedural requirements and progress made, and to achieving compliance with the EC directive on Strategic Environmental Assessmentinfo-icon (SEA). To guarantee a credible evaluationinfo-icon, an independent body should be responsible for plan assessment.
  • If the provision of national funds depends on the fulfilment of national quality criteria, the action and budget plan of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan also needs to be approved by a higher level of government (linked to the results of the assessment).

Source: Pilot Manual 2007, www.pilot-transport.org/index.php?id=48



Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan adopted by elected representatives of pubic body/bodies responsible for planning.



West of England: Timetable for adoption of a Joint Local Transport Plan

Four councils (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) were working in partnership to plan and deliver transport improvements in the West of England area. This required adoption of a Joint Local Transport Plan by different committees and councils.

  • Joint Transport Executive Committee – 10/12/10
  • South Gloucestershire Full Council – 15/12/10
  • North Somerset Full Council – 18/01/11
  • Bristol City Full Council – 18/01/10
  • Bath and North East Somerset Full Council – 20/01/11
  • Publication of final Joint Local Transport Plan – 31/03/11

Source: www.travelplus.org.uk