These Guidelines are the outcome of the work carried out for the European Commission and the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) under a service contract between May 2010 and August 2013. The objective of this work was to accelerate the large scale uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Europe, as proposed in the Action Plan on Urban Mobility, with the help of guidance, awareness raising activities and training workshops.
The guidelines presented here are based on a review of existing documents and expert inputs:
- Desk research of previous research and guidance (e.g. SUTP expert group report 2004, PILOT and BUSTRIP projects).
- Analysis of national and regional guidance documents on the preparation of local transport plans, especially the UK Local Transport Plan Guidance (second and third edition), and the French Plans de Déplacements Urbains (PDU) guidance and assessment documents. Investigation into the status of and approach to Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in 31 European countries, i.e. the 28 EU Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
- A user needs assessment involving 49 stakeholder and expert interviews in 26 countries.
- Five stakeholder workshops on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans between 2010 and 2013 (plus consultations organised previously by the SUMP Expert Group and the PILOT Project) attended by a total 168 participants from 26 countries.
- Responses to an online consultation on the revision of the 2011 working document version of these guidelines in January and February 2013.
- Numerous contributions from policy makers, planners and other practitioners, academia and other stakeholders received during awareness-raising presentations and training workshops arranged as part of the service contract across Europe between 2010 and 2013.
Overall, the present guidelines are based on a systematic knowledge consolidation and consultation process. Annex E contains a list of experts that were consulted in workshops and expert group meetings on the content of this guidance document.
A wide range of supporting material, as well as versions of the Guidelines in several European languages, are available on: /mobility-plans