Welcome to the SUMP Learning Programme for Mobility Practitioners!

Sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP) has become an important topic in all European countries, with key components being its integrated nature, collaborative processes and goal-oriented approach. Such comprehensive planning processes can be a challenge to introduce – particularly in places with little tradition of strategic and participatory planning.

The SUMP learning programme for mobility practitioners consists of several e-courses that help planners and policy makers to implement SUMP in their own city. The courses tackle different phases in the SUMP process starting from how to initiate a SUMP and prepare a long-term vision in cooperation with various stakeholders, elaborate the SUMP strategy and select SUMP measures and on how to finally implement SUMP.  Each course contains several modules, concrete case examples from European cities. Some of the courses also include exercises that help to review your city’s own SUMP practices.

The courses will be launches in three phases. The first package focusing on how to initiate the SUMP process includes 3 courses and will be launched in December 2018. The next package with also 3 courses focusing more on elaboration of the SUMP document and selection of measures will be launched in spring 2019. The last package focusing on the implementation of SUMP will be launched in autumn 2019.

For more information on the SUMPs-Up project, click here.

If you are not yet familiar with the SUMP process we suggest to take first the SUMP foundation course that will introduce the basic principles of SUMPs.

The first e-course focuses on the phase preparing well in the SUMP cycle. It gives advice how to initiate the SUMP process. Before elaborating a SUMP strategy and selecting the right measures it is important to understand the local, regional and national framework influencing the SUMP preparation and implementation as well as to analyse the current mobility situation and planning practices.

Cooperation and participation are one of the main principles of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning. The course gives advice what should be taken into account when setting-up a project management structure and gives tips how to map different urban mobility stakeholders that should be involved and promote cooperation across sectors and borders

The second e-course focuses on the importance of co-creating the process and the plan together with different stakeholders.  It gives advice on how to elaborate a public participation and communication strategy and how to integrate participation in the overall process. The course presents concrete examples of methods and tools that can be used in workshops and events with different stakeholder groups.

Developing a common vision with citizens and other interest groups is a crucial start of the SUMP process. It creates ownership and acceptance, when citizens´ ideas and view point are taken into account. Using the community´s knowledge can provide valuable input for the city administration in developing their SUMP.

The third e-course focuses on how to ensure that sustainable urban mobility planning is a strategic long-term process. The SUMP should not be seen as yet another plan that. SUMP should have clear objectives and a set of SMART targets that have been selected based on the vision for mobility. It should be planned carefully how it will be measured whether the targets are being as well as the evaluation of the planning process itself.

SUMP should be also integrated with other related processes. How to harmonize SUMP with strategies of alike sectors in order to reach an integrated perspective for sustainable cities, how to create links between transport, energy and pollution reduction when planning, and what are the benefits are crucial aspects in the SUMP development which planners should not overlook. To ensure successful implementation of SUMPs necessary resources should be secured and risks and mitigation strategies identified. Finally, “quick-win” measures that help to gain political commitment should be identified.