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How these guidelines were produced


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

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 objectiveinfo-icon of this work was to accelerate the large scale uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobilityinfo-icon Plans in Europe, as proposed in the Action Planinfo-icon 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 assessmentinfo-icon 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 stakeholderinfo-icon 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 consultationinfo-icon on the revision of the 2011 working document version of these guidelines in January and February 2013.
  • Numerous contributions from policyinfo-icon 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