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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 / Posodobljeno: 28 May 2019

Definition – A transport modeinfo-icon refers to the way in which passengers and/or goods can be transported. Transport modes include for example:

  • Public transport
    • rail
    • tram
    • bus/trolleybus
    • maritime (sea or inland waterways)
  • Bicycle
  • Walking
  • Powered private vehicles
    • goods vehicles (e.g. trucks and vans)
    • passenger cars
    • motorcycles/mopeds

Sustainable transport modes are public transport, bicycling and walking, complemented by use of clean technology powered vehicles (e.g. electric mobilityinfo-icon) for logistics and private passenger transport use in appropriate circumstances. Car-sharing schemes are an organisational measureinfo-icon, 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)

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