Methodology for SUMP in polycentric regions published

published: 17-10-2018

The Intelligent Energy Europe funded project Poly-SUMP –Planning sustainable mobility together, has published the Poly-SUMP Methodology.

The Poly-SUMP Methodology is a guidance document aimed at supporting policy makers, transport practitioners and other stakeholders in poly-centric regions (areas in which commuting and other travel takes place between numerous centres and across municipal, regional and/or national boundaries) in developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. These guidelines, designed by experts and practitioners, are now available for free from the Poly-SUMP website.

The publication provides a systematic, three-stage approach to creating a poly-centric SUMP. The first step involves understanding the region’s mobility behaviour through the application of a regional profile tool.

Secondly, a common vision and action plan is developed through a participatory process involving all key stakeholders, known as the ‘Future Search Workshop’ technique.

Finally, follow-up activities are carried out to refine the identified actions and commence a formal coordination process that will lead to a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan covering the region. Through the guidelines, local authorities are provided the assistance needed to plan mobility measures in an integrated way.

Supplement to the guidelines, a series of tools to aid poly-centric regions in developing SUMPs are freely available at:

Running since 2012 and now coming to an end, the project worked with six regions in Europe - Regione Marche (Italy), Central Alentejo (Portugal), Central Macedonia (Greece), Parkstad Limburg (The Netherlands), Rhine Alp (Austria), and the Heart of Slovenia - helping them to engage with different administrative levels and relevant stakeholders to plan mobility measures for their area.

A general overview of the Poly-SUMP project and its results are available in the final results publication: Benefit from the Poly-SUMP Methodology – A proven methodology for planning sustainable mobility in complex regions.

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