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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

For more information

Contact the European Platform on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans Secretariat.


European Comission

Directorate - General for Mobilityinfo-icon and Transport

Unit C.1 - Clean transport & sustainable urban mobility

Rue J. - A. Demot, 24-28

B-1040 Brussels


This document has been prepared for the European Comission, however, it reflects the views only of the authors, and the Comission cannot be held responsible for any use  which may be made of the information contained therein.

© European Union, 2013.


Contract ELTISplus, EACI/IEE/2009/05/S12.558822
Title Guidelines. Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Planinfo-icon
Version January 2014 (revised foreword)

Frank Wefering, Siegfried Rupprecht, Sebastian Bührmann, Susanne Böhler-Baedeker

Rupprecht Consult - Forschung und Beratung GmbH www.rupprecht-consult.eu

Contributors to case studies and tools

BKK Centre for Budapest Transport: László Sándor Kerényi; Centro - West Midlands
Integrated Transport Authorityinfo-icon: Steven Keeley; City of Helsinki: Mette Granberg, Johanna
Vilkuna, Sakari Saarinen; Environmental Studies Centre, Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council:
Juan Carlos Escudero, María de Santiago; European Federation of Inland Ports: Isabelle
Ryckbost; Inland Navigation Europe: Karin de Schepper; Institut d’Estudis Territorials,
Barcelona: Kerstin Burckhart; Lund University: Tom Rye; Mobiel 21: Sarah Martens,
Jan Christiaens; Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe: Gábor
Heves; Rupprecht Consult: Wolfgang Backhaus, Sebastian Bührmann, Michael Laubenheimer,
Miriam Lindenau, Siegfried Rupprecht, Patrick Vanegmond, Frank Wefering,
Gabi Wegeler; Stockholm Environmentinfo-icon Institute: John Forrester; TRT Trasporti e Territorio:
Simone Bosetti, Patrizia Malgieri, Cosimo Chiffi.

Quality Control

Anthony D May, Institute for Transport Studies / University of Leeds; Peter Vansevenant,
Head of Transport Department, City of Gent.



Cover Photo

www.eltis.org / Harry Schiffer