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Developing sustainable urban mobility in poly-centric regions

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 30 Jul 2015

It is not only cities that can be involved in sustainable urban mobility planning; regions with several urban centres can benefit significantly from this process, as goods and services (and therefore transport needs) are distributed between different towns.

Planning mobility in these areas is more complex as more municipalities and stakeholders are involved. The Poly-SUMP project offers a methodology for such 'poly-centric' regions to overcome barriers and to build a constructive dialogue to reach a common vision of sustainable mobility.

The methodology works in three stages. Understanding mobility behaviour in a given region is the first step, followed by the development of a common vision and action plan developed through a participatory process with key stakeholders.

Finally, follow-up activities are carried out in order to refine the identified actions and commence a formal co-ordination process that may lead to a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan covering the whole region.

The project has developed several publications and tools, including the Regional Profile tool which is free to access (registration required) and the Poly-SUMP Methodology guidelines (available to download below).

For more information visit the Poly-SUMP website.

Photo by John Weis / CC BY-SA

Poly-SUMP Methodology Guidelines


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