What is meant by cooperation and what are the benefits?
Cooperation in implementing innovative mobility measures takes time and effort, but it can bring many benefits.
1. Cooperation in the context of SUMP
Cooperation is one of the cornerstones of sustainable urban mobility planning. It is a recognition that all aspects of urban mobility and urban life are part of a larger system and that none can be effectively developed independent of the others.
Institutional cooperation in the context of sustainable urban mobility plans can be understood as the pragmatic cooperation with actors and the take up of ideas, principles and policies that help to deliver an SUMP that is accepted and effective in practical and financial terms. Without institutional cooperation on objectives and how to achieve them, an SUMP will be incomplete and deliver fewer benefits.
In practice, this means sharing resources, acknowledging and addressing contradictions in policy and direction, taking advantages of synergies, making compromises and developing common goals and ways to achieve them.
In other words, cooperation is a challenge. Indeed the EU CH4LLENGE project recognises it as one of the four main challenges in developing and implementing a sustainable urban mobility plan and describes ways to overcome it.