Why a sustainable urban mobility plan?

What is the value of having a sustainable urban mobility plan in your city or region?

1. The goals of an SUMP

congestion zone in LondonThe goals of a sustainable urban mobility plan are wide ranging and do not focus purely on mobility and transport but rather on the quality of urban life. An SUMP aims to create a sustainable urban transport system by:

  • ensuring the accessibility of jobs and services to all;
  • improving safety and security;
  • reducing pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption;
  • increasing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the transportation of persons and goods;
  • enhancing the attractiveness and quality of the urban environment.

As you can see, these goals are only indirectly related to traffic planning and take a much broader view of urban mobility and its role in the lives of a city's citizens.

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