Definition – A transport mode refers to the way in which passengers and/or goods can be transported. Transport modes include for example:
- Public transport
- maritime (sea or inland waterways)
- Powered private vehicles
- goods vehicles (e.g. trucks and vans)
- passenger cars
Sustainable transport modes are public transport, bicycling and walking, complemented by use of clean technology powered vehicles (e.g. electric mobility) for logistics and private passenger transport use in appropriate circumstances. Car-sharing schemes are an organisational measure, providing people with access to cars for trips that would not be practical using public transport, or by walking and cycling, while discouraging private cars as the default option for all trips.
Relevance to SUMP – A SUMP should encompass the idea of an integrated approach, fostering the balanced development of all relevant transport modes, while encouraging a shift towards more sustainable modes.
Source: Eurostat glossary (online)