6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs)

The 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans took place on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June 2019 in Groningen, The Neth-erlands. The focus of the conference was on providing support to sus-tainable and active cities within the SUMP context, i.e. how to make cit-ies more walkable and cycle-friendly. 

Guidelines for SUMPs updated 

The European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans is Europe’s leading annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice. It serves as a forum for policy makers, local authorities, ur-ban transport planners, academics, NGOs and other mobility profession-als. The event offers opportunities to network, debate key issues and to exchange ideas on sustainable urban mobility planning. The conference is co-funded by the European Commission in cooperation with the Munici-pality of Groningen. 

The updated SUMP guidelines were presented for review by the SUMP community. Since their launch in 2013, the guidelines have become the main reference for the development of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans and have been adopted widely across Europe. The Guidelines were up-dated to reflect recent trends in mobility, technology and society. At vari-ous sessions with different formats, participants provided their comments and feedback on the draft-updated guidelines and gave their views on long-term planning for sustainable urban mobility. 

Open ENLoCC member HIT involved with SUMP and SULP 

The Hellenic Institute of Transport as member of the Editorial Board for updating SUMP guidelines had a strong presentation in the conference. 

Dr. Georgia Aifandopoulou, author of the new SUMP guide for Sustainable Urban Logistic Plans, presented the relevant work in the specific session D3. STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR EFFICIENT URBAN FREIGHT LOGISTICS. See next page for an excerpt from the new guide’s draft! 

Dr. Maria Morfoulaki of HIT, as co-author of the SUMP guide for Metro-politan Areas co-presented in the session D5 the specific guide and also presented the results of the REFORM project, “Recommendations for strengthening the role of Regions in achieving sustainable urban mobility” which is coordinated by HIT. 

Other presenters with specific relevance for regional logistics were: 

  • Karl Reiter, FGM AMOR Austrian Mobility Research, “CityChanger-CargoBike and cycle logistics”, 
  • Alessandro Delpiano, Metropolitan Area of Bologna – “Linking SULP and SUMP in the Functional Urban Area (FUA)”, and 
  • Cosimo Chiffi, TRT – “Innovation Brief on city logistics solutions”. 

The presentations are available via https://www.eltis.org/sump2019.