The focus of CIVITAS SUMPs-Up is to help cities that experience negative effects of transport to accelerate the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

The project will assist mobility planning authorities, especially in countries where SUMP take-up is low, to overcome barriers that stop or make it difficult to implement the plans. It will provide learning opportunities, tools and guidance for cities to develop high-quality SUMPs, and work with national governments to raise awareness of the concept and create favourable conditions for SUMP development.

SUMPs-Up will make funding available to bring together technical experts to input into the project’s activities and help test its products and services. It will also provide financial assistance to enable cities to take part in learning support activities, and test pilot SUMP measures. SUMPs-Up will monitor and evaluate the progress of SUMPs in cities and make real-time improvements to ensure they make the maximum impact.

Contact 1: Ana Dragutescu,

Contact 2: Cristina Garzillo,

Visit SUMPs-Up for more details.

The Project

SUMPs-Up is one of the three projects related to sustainable urban mobility plans under the European Union's CIVITAS 2020 initiative. It brings together eight partner organisations and seven partner cities, all of whom are seeking to help European cities to introduce cleaner and more sustainable mobility.

The project assists planning authorities to overcome the barriers that prevent or make it difficult to implement SUMPs: capacity building, tailored information, and support during development  and implementation phases will equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to do so.

Planning authorities and their staff will be involved in all stages of the project, with the focus on countries and areas where SUMP take-up is particularly low.


SUMPs-Up at the national and European level

SUMPs-Up does not only engage with actors at a local or regional level. Working with national governments is also a crucial part of the project's work. Engagement has been prio
ritised in countries where analysis has  shown that national policies and the commitment to supporting public authorities and infrastructure is lacking.
There are a number of areas in which national governments can influence and promote SUMP take-up and implementation, including adequate legislation, funding, and support in capacity building.
It is vital that this assistance is provided, as insufficient national support can hinder the take-up of the SUMP concept significantly.SUMPs-Up activities are grounded in the concept of peer-to-peer exchange: this will apply at both the national and European level. 

The European level

A review has been conducted in association with Civitas PROSPERITY that gives an overview of the current barriers and needs in all Member States related to SUMPs. The executive summary report collating this research, entitled “SUMPs in Member States”, will be made available at a later stage.

A series of exchange workshops will take place, and the key attendees will be national representatives from governments, agencies and other key SUMP stakeholders.

The purpose of these workshops is firstly to increase the interest and awareness of SUMPs at Member State level and to receive suggestions on what support is needed, such as guidance and tools for Member States with different starting points. The workshops will provide inputs for the development of a SUMP policy paper for national decision makers

Cooperation with the Expert Group on Urban Mobility will also form a vital part of any work conducted at the European level.

The national level

As at the European level, a series of exchange workshops will be held. These will take place in three countries where a clear need for support has been identified. Based on the policy paper composed at the national level, they will:

  • raise awareness on the need for a national framework to enhance local SUMP take-up;
  • identify organisations that can successfully influence the establishment of national frameworks that are favourable to SUMP development;
  • disseminate guidance and tools for the set-up of national frameworks;
  • give specific recommendations according to the profile and context of each country.

Aside from this, the project will support Member States in the development of their SUMP national support frameworks.

If countries are interested, they will receive help to set up a non-profit certification scheme, based on the SUMP Self-Assessment concept. This will in turn assist the implementation of a basic quality assurance mechanism.

A review has also been conducted that gives an overview of the current barriers and needs in all EU Member States related to SUMPs. An executive summary report presenting the outcomes of this research, entitled “SUMPs in Member States”, will be made available at a later stage.


SUMPs-Up has developed a number of additional deliverables that could be useful to share.

The authors prepared the Status of SUMPs in the member state publication (short version, and here in the full version).

Based on this document, the Needs assessment report and evaluation results, recommendations for local authorities, member states and the EU have been produced to improve the SUMP take up across Europe. You will find it enclosed (to be printed in A3, portrait orientation with the option  “flip on short edge”)

Also, manuals for local authorities was prepared to develop effective packages of measures, for starter, intermediate and advanced cities. And finally, here you can find standards to develop an action plan.

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