Why did we need to update the SUMP guidance?
Since the first edition of the SUMP Guidelines was published in late 2013, it has acted as the main European reference document for urban transport and mobility practitioners involved in the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). Many cities in Europe and around the world have developed SUMPs, while numerous European Union funded projects and programmes have contributed valuable knowledge that helped cities to develop this new generation of mobility plans.
Whilst the Guidelines continue to be used extensively, major new trends in many areas of urban mobility have emerged and a wealth of practical SUMP experience has been acquired over the last few years. This meant it was time to rethink and update the original Guidelines. A comprehensive update process of European SUMP guidance was started in 2018, including a revision of the Guidelines itself, as well as the development of a range of complementary guides on specific aspects of SUMP.
Second edition of the SUMP Guidelines
Publication of the second edition of the European SUMP Guidelines marks an important milestone in the take-up of a new planning culture in Europe. This comprehensive revision aims to integrate the dynamic developments in many areas of urban mobility and the rich experience of implementing the concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning since 2013.
This public draft is the result of an intense one-year stakeholder engagement process, coordinated by main authors Rupprecht Consult and led by a special Editorial Board, which includes DG MOVE, the CIVITAS SUMP projects, Eltis, INEA, DG REGIO, JASPERS, and leading mobility researchers. It has been developed and validated in close cooperation with the SUMP community. Starting with a large survey and dedicated session at the SUMP Conference 2018, a number of workshops with practitioners and other experts from all over Europe have taken place. By involving several major city networks closely in the update, special care was taken to include feedback from all types of cities and regions.
This document is a draft of the new SUMP Guidelines, prepared specifically for the sixth annual SUMP Conference in Groningen, 17-18 June 2019. At this event, the SUMP community were invited once more to discuss and provide comments.
The final version will be published at the CIVITAS Forum Conference in Graz, 2 - 4 October 2019.
Guidance on specific topics or contexts
The SUMP concept is a European success story to which many stakeholders have contributed and from which many cities (and their residents) have benefited. An entire community of practice has formed around Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning: A wealth of good practices are being shared by practitioners, numerous (mostly) free tools and know-how are available on the ELTIS platform (https://www.eltis.org/), a coordination platform of major stakeholders and projects has been set-up, and annual SUMP Conferences have been held since 2014.
The growing knowledge base also meant an increasing differentiation of focused guidance and the risk that practitioners might lose track where they find the most relevant guidance for their specific situation. To solve this, a coherent official compendium of SUMP guidance has been developed over the last year that aims to capture the knowledge available by many different projects and organisations. The guides and briefings of the compendium complement the core SUMP Guidelines by elaborating difficult planning aspects in more detail (e.g. institutional cooperation), applying SUMP to specific contexts (e.g. metropolitan regions), or providing guidance on how to pursue important policy goals (e.g. health) or technical concepts (e.g. automation) in the planning process.
Public drafts of the first range of guidance documents from the compendium have been prepared specifically for the SUMP Conference and are available in the collapsible table, below.
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