Preparing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) is a complex undertaking. Guidelines developed with the Commission's support offer concrete suggestions on how to apply the SUMP concept and prepare an urban mobility strategy that builds on a clear vision for the sustainable development of an urban area. This process of developing and implementing a SUMP can be broken down into 12 main steps:
Step 1: Set up working structures
Step 2: Determine the planning framework
Step 3: Analyse mobility situation
Step 4: Build and jointly assess scenarios
Step 5: Develop vision and strategy with stakeholders
Step 6: Set targets and indicators
Step 7: Select measure packages with stakeholders
Step 8: Agree on actions and responsibilities
Step 9: Prepare for adoption and financing
Step 10: Manage implementation
Step 11: Monitor, adapt and communicate
Step 12: Review and learn lessons
The guidelines are intended for local authorities, urban transport, and mobility practitioners, as well as other stakeholders involved in the preparation of a SUMP. Each step of the plan development process is illustrated with good practice examples, tools and references to further information.
The guidelines can be viewed and downloaded here.
The guidelines originally produced between 2010 and 2013 as part of a service contract for the European Commission have been comprehensively updated and supplemented with additional documents following extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, practitioners, and experts.
SUMP Self-Assessment Tool
The SUMP Self-Assessment Tool enables planning authorities to evaluate the SUMP of their city or functional urban area. If no plan exists, it can also be used to assess and improve planning activities in general.
The Self-Assessment contains 30 to 45 questions that should take around 20 to 30 minutes to complete. The results help planning authorities understand the strengths and weaknesses of their approach. In addition, to feedback how well each of the SUMP principles is fulfilled, the results page also provides fitting good practice examples and tailored advice for further improvement.
The tool is available to use for free on a non-commercial basis.
The aim of the SUMP Glossary is to provide a single resource for practitioners to find a brief explanation of specialist terms and abbreviations related to the subject of sustainable urban mobility planning. The Glossary has been prepared by a team of experts reviewing relevant reports, guidance documents and existing glossaries.
The SUMP planning cycle: