Here you will find all the information on CIVITAS PROSPERITY’s actions that are posted during the project time. You are very welcome to scan through the articles and follow the development of the project and each partner’s actions!

Apply for the 2018 SUMP Award!

The 7th SUMP Award focuses on multimodality, which has been declared theme of the year by the European Commission - DG MOVE. Multimodality has been defined as the use of different modes of transport on the same journey or for different trips for both goods and passengers. Read our manual to find out more about multimodality and its definition.

The call for applications is open until 1 October 2018. Read the call for applications here and the evaluation criteria here.

Read an interview with Radu Andronic who is in charge of last year's winner city of Turda, Romania at


New Report Out Now! The Status of SUMPs in EU Member States

In order to enable mobility planning authorities across Europe to embrace the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) as the European-wide strategic planning approach, both the CIVITAS PROSPERITY and CIVITAS SUMPs-Up projects consider the role of the national and regional levels as essential for supporting SUMP take-up. This support encompasses governance, financing and capacity building.

The analysis of the status of national programmes in EU Member States was conducted as a first step in the process of supporting the development or improvement of national programmes. It aimed to identify and assess:

  • The status of national programmes in EU member states;
  • Successful existing national programmes and their key contents;
  • Key problems hindering sustainable urban mobility planning in cities, regions and countries;
  • The needs of national and/or regional level representatives for the development or improvement of national programmes.

This document is a short version of two deliverables, one by CIVITAS PROSPERITY (“Higher Levels of Government – their Support for SUMP in the EU”) and the other by CIVITAS SUMPs-Up (“Status of SUMP in European member states”), presenting the main results of a joint study conducted in 2017 and 2018. The analysis included partner countries from both projects: altogether 28 EU Member States participated while data was provided from 32 representatives (25 countries as a whole and seven regions from three countries).

The analysis includes information about the current state of SUMP and of national SUMP programmes in European Member States as well as recommendations for countries to elaborate or develop their national SUMP programmes.

Download here the document „The Status of SUMPs in EU Member States

SUMP National Training event gets Hungarian cities engaged in sustainable transportation planning

From 04-07 June the city of Szeged had the honour to host the SUMP National Training for Hungarian cities in the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project. The participants had the possibility to feel the mentality of sustainable mobility planning, long run achievements and could ask their questions directly to the lecturers from such countries, where this kind of thinking had been influencing city transportation development for a longer time.

The first day started with an informal networking that gave a good opportunity for the colleagues to introduce themselves to each other. However some active members of the events of the Hungarian CIVINET Network already knew each other.

On behalf of the host city, Dr. Miklós Oláh welcomed the participants. The colleagues of Mobilissimus were hosting the programme, so they introduced the importance of the topic. Mr. András Ekés, the managing director of Mobilissimus, touched shortly almost all topics to come. He gave a quick view about the experiences and the main dilemmas regarding SUMPs, the approach of the cities to the topic. He formulated the main messages mainly for cities but also for all stakeholders. The main barriers were also showed up and the communication and social involvement aspects were also touched, however András would go into details in the separate session fully dedicated to communication matters. He introduced the SUMP life cycle and the common mistakes as well.

Mr. Gábor Sztanics, on behalf of the Managing Authority, gave information about the relevant EU and National Government co-funded calls, from which the preparation of SUMPs can be financed in Hungary. He showed the inner and outer drivers to prepare a SUMP. He also showed up the main insufficiencies of the prepared SUMPs in the eye of the Managing Authority.

Also in the opening session Mr. László Dulicz, managing director of Mikroline, presented what SUMP is: the existing policies, concepts and strategies of the settlements should be reconsidered in the aspect of sustainability. He told us about the stakeholders, the social involvement and the public participation, functional city region, the evaluation of the existing transportation supply and the complex evaluation of the effects of the developments. We touched the workplace mobility plans and he emphasised that a SUMP should be upgraded again and again.

After this there was a city walking tour lasting about 1.5 hours in the downtown of Szeged. Our tourist guide – who was also hosting the event - Mr. Antal Polgár told the group a lot about the history of the city.

From the second day on it was the foreign lecturers’ turn. In the morning Ms. Eglantina Dani held her lecture about the Use of ‘Urban Transport Roadmaps’ tool in SUMPs. She introduced us the project shortly, then she told the audience about the tool’s and the SUMP planning cycle’s matching points, the workout and evaluation of scenarios and illustrated this with definite urban examples. The aims and structure of the tool, the roadmap workout steps, the online presentation of the use of the software were on schedule. At the end the participants had the opportunity to try and experience the tool in small groups.

Afterwards, it was Mr. András Ekés’ turn to speak about communication and stakeholder involvement. Since Szeged had had its first coaching session in this topic presented also by Mr. Ekés, there were some elements, with which Szeged was already familiar with. He told the audience about the following topics: the main questions and motives of communication,  the language, the reality of communication, the target groups. It should be highlighted that Mr. Ekés always shows everyday examples from real life and we can discuss interactively, why they are good or bad. This time it was the same with information sheets of the Budapest Transport Privately Held Corporation.

Mr. Ekés told us about the communication for the residents, about the open problem discover survey, the communication of surveys and counts, showing also good and not that good practices. Thematic questionnaires, resident forums, the role of the media, the problem collecting on map, the site visit of troubled areas and common thinking on solutions, work groups, professional forums, and the communication towards the decisionmakers, the NGOs, other stakeholders and towards the customer were also discussed.

The next topic was the communication regarding the vision, goals and measures of the SUMP We discussed the dilemmas of shaping future vision, forming common vision, city leader’s vision, residents’ involvement, validating the vision and the objective system. Who are the target groups, what are the goals, decisionmakers’ communication, communication with professional partners, the professional background for choosing measures, communication towards residents like budget allocation or project market games, representative public survey or scenario development application or letting the people decide what colours the tram will have.

There was also a session about the tool kit of the constant communication. These are the communication of the implementation, the maintenance problems, monitoring & evaluation, raising awareness and systematic communication. This session was full of examples from different countries.

The third day began with an introduction round, after which Dr. Wulf-Holger Arndt from the CIVITAS PROSPERITY partner DIfU held a presentation about the definition and trends of city logistics and the understanding of the urban problems of freight. He spoke about the volume of commercial motivated urban transport, the background and trends of the urban freight transport (UFT) and its environmental impacts, new production concepts, e-commerce, the expansion of online commerce combined with transportation, which causes the growth of the ratio of no-load runs. Dr. Arndt talked about the emissions (CO2, NOx, solid particles and diesel exhaust gas, noise). He emphasised that the infrastructural damage costs might be forgotten costs.

In the third part the urban freight solution was presented. We had an overview about the measure activity fields of the municipalities like low emission vehicles, loading zones, cooperation among the recipients and among the transporters, territorial concessions, etc., which are generally low-cost solutions.

The participants had some interactive group work as well: the colleagues collected the main problems of their home cities and these were categorized. They were intended to be discussed, but we could not discuss them because of the lack of time.

Afterwards, we had the presentation of the champion city, Dundee by Mr. Ewan Gourlay on behalf of the City Council. After shortly introducing and positioning his city, Mr. Gourlay showed us the levels of transportation policies on national (NTS), regional (RTS), local (LTS) and transportation company levels. He made the participants familiar with the aims and measures in Dundee’s SUMP and showed them examples for Dundee’s LTS projects, like strengthening trust in PT services, smartbus, central waterfront development, partnership for optimisation of buses’ punctuality. He spoke about speed limits (locally 48 km/h in general, buti n Edinburgh 32 km/h). The audience got some impressions about the city’s sustainable urban logistics plan (SULP) – overview, goals, short run, middle term and the long run objectives and monitoring. The last part was about stakeholder involvement: overview, phases, RTS, SULP, the Tay Cities Deal.

After the presentation we made our planned site visit. Dr. Oláh showed the bicycles lanes in the downtown, the bicycle racks, the speed limit zones, the boulevard like wide pavement of the inner ring covered by klinker bricks and the bus/tram lane also on the inner ring. We visited the Dugonics square, which was reconstructed as a pedestrian-cycling area. We walked through the Somogyi Street, which is also partly (that means on the weekends) closed for individual motorized traffic. In front of the Art Hotel we hit the bus provided by the city’s transportation company, so we had the possibility to see the remote locations of the city. We watched tram lane sections built in grass, the huge turbo type roundabout, covered B+R facilities, third ring of the city with bicycle lanes on both sides, new PT stops, etc.

On the last day of the conference we had the pleasure to attend the interactive presentation of Prof. Tom Rye from Edinburgh Napier University regarding the monitoring & evaluation (M&E) of SUMPs. After a short introduction round Prof. Rye spoke about the necessity of monitoring, its position in the SUMP process cycle, what are the key requirements of M&E.

He cleared why there is a need for aims in SUMPs, what are the types (capacity type and result type), the definition and the measuring of the aims. We saw some examples for both types of aims. We talked about common problems like ’we don’t know what to do with the measures’ or ’we don’t have any data’. We were also presented some examples for indicators from other cities’s SUMPs (Edinburgh LTS, Ljutomer, Gdynia, Nottingham, York) and we talked about the communication of the progress for the public.

We also had the possibility to work in groups and to choose aims, and also indicators and measures to them to make clear the relationship between them.

Finally Prof. Rye summarized the key messages of the M&E topic like striving for simplicity, have a reasonable number of aims but not being afraid of having objective data only partly and of the complexity of data collecting.

We think it was a very useful training for those colleagues, who had the possibility and took the chance to participate. The participants had the possibility to feel the mentality of sustainable mobility planning, long run achievements and could ask their questions directly to the lecturers from such countries, where this kind of thinking had been influencing city transportation development for a longer time.

On national level it was also a good opportunity to keep in touch with colleagues who are already active in the national CIVINET network (Magyar CIVINET) and to widen the club of committed colleagues responsible for city development and transportation matters, possibly also as newcomers in the national CIVINET network or participants on its events.

Szeged was very proud to organize the event and we also had the possibility to show not only our city’s achievements on site on the site visit tour, but also to give some impressions about the city’s tourism and gastronomy.

CIVITAS PROSPERITY at the International Bicycle Day in Katowice

In connection with the organisation of the local event by the City of Katowice called "International Bicycle Day in Katowice", which took place on Friday, 29th June 2018, representatives of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY partners in Poland had the opportunity to present the information about the project activities of the City of Katowice, SMG Expert (the National Focal Point for Poland) and the Federal Polish Ministry of Infrastructure in this subject.

With its international scope, representatives from Groningen (The Netherlands), the host of next years’ European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, Cologne (Germany), Košice (Slovakia), Ostrava (Czech Republic), as well as social and cycling organisations, including a representative of Nextbike Poland, took part.

The event was organised mainly for residents of the city and the region, as well as for cycling NGOs. Main topics included cycling policies in different European cities, cycling infrastructure, bike-sharing, cycling for mobility impaired people, mass cycling recreational events and even stories connected with collecting of antique bicycles.

City of Kassel further gets into shape for sustainable mobility

After the City of Kassel successfully held its first workshop in the context of the EU project CIVITAS PROSPERITY in March 2018, the City of Vienna was invited in April 2018 for another workshop with the purpose of getting Kassel into shape for the effective implementation of its new SUMP. The German Institute for Urban Affairs (Difu) supports and accompanies Kassel in CIVITAS PROSPERITY with the implementation of its transport development plan by introducing best practice examples from other municipalities and customized guidance.

In this workshop, Gregor Stratil-Sauer, Deputy Head of Division Mobility Strategies of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY Champion City of Vienna and Head of the Public Transport team, together with Dr Georg Förster, Chief Officer of the Department of Road Transport and Civil Engineering Underground as well as employees from Kassel’s municipal administration developed ideas on how to communicate Kassel’s measures to promote sustainable mobility.  

The success of this year’s second workshop in the context of CIVITAS PROSPERITY becomes visible in the singular ideas for the implementation of communication concepts, for the measures of the city’s transport development plan and particularly in the commitment of the different departments of the municipal administration. Dr Anja Starick represented the Environment and Green Space Department while Volker Mohr introduced the urban development’s point of view, both very important for sustainable mobility. Furthermore, the public relations department supported the workshop with its expertise.

Internal cooperation, which is crucial for SUMP processes, already works out well in the City of Kassel. Press officer Claas Michaelis gave specific advice on how a complex plan and its measures can best be communicated to the citizens. The European Mobility Week held from 16-22 September 2018 will be another important opportunity for members of the municipal administration to get together and interchange with citizens and to make mobility measures tangible. This year, the focus will be on multimodality, the regular use of different modes for different trips.

Promoting the SUMP concept in Poland

On 30 May 2018, the second Polish CIVITAS PROSPERITY SUMP Promo Event took place in Sopot at the University of Gdansk. The event was organised as part of the National Conference on the Challenges of Transport Development in the 21st Century - TranSopot 2018, and was an opportunity to meet in an interdisciplinary group of about 80 participants, including practitioners, representatives of city administration units and scientists.

The second Polish CIVITAS PROSPERITY SUMP Promo Event started with a presentation prepared by the CIVITAS PROSPERITY National Focal Point for Poland, which showed the basic assumptions of the SUMP national support programme, developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Infrastructure in Poland. The intervention also included information on the results achieved so far and on further tasks of the project.

Further presentations were held by representatives of the University of Economics in Katowice, the University of Gdańsk, the Municipal Transport Authority in Gdynia and the City of Kraków concerned selected aspects of the methodology of planning sustainable urban mobility, such as, for example, the role and responsibility of stakeholders in the process of planning sustainable urban mobility in the municipality of Kraków, transport behaviour in the context of shared mobility services, or the results of research on travel behaviors of people commuting to work and places of study, with particular emphasis on Gdynia.

Finally, the participants discussed the possibilities of promoting and developing the concept of sustainable urban mobility planning in Polish cities more widely.

For further information, please feel free to contact CIVITAS PROSPERITY National Focal Point for Poland, SMG Ekspert.

Coaching the City of Kassel in the field of evaluation of its SUMP

Already well ahead of the current political and public debate on high levels of nitrogen oxide emissions in German cities, the City of Kassel addressed the topic of urban air pollution caused by traffic. In 2015 Kassel adopted its new transport development plan (VEP: Verkehrsentwicklungsplan Kassel 2030), which fulfills most of the criteria of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

At this stage of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project, the task is to accompany and evaluate the gradual implementation of the SUMP. Also making use of the expertise of external partners, the City of Kassel intends to improve and simplify the planning instrument’s implementation. As a first step, Kassel, supported by the German Institute for Urban Affairs (Difu), held a workshop on the further implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system in March 2018.

19 experts and representatives of the municipal administration came together. Professor Udo Becker from the Institute for Transport Planning and Road Traffic at the Technical University of Dresden presented different models, options for evaluation and recommended to establish process indicators. In working groups the participants specifically discussed the question of how to measure mobility of people. Both working groups came up with proposals for a selection of such indicators. However, they concluded that there is no ideal set of indicators, its development rather is a process for which it is important to keep the local framework conditions in mind.

The workshop made clear that with the ‘Verkehrswende’ (transformation of mobility) on the agenda, the City of Kassel passed its transport development plan at a good point in time. The participants acknowledged and underlined that Kassel’s VEP effectively is a SUMP and that Kassel has set up a SUMP process.

Free national SUMP Trainings

CIVITAS PROSPERITY organises national training sessions for practitioners and stakeholders free of charge in 10 European countries. The training sessions are tailor-made for each country tackling – based upon an analysis - the most wanted and needed topic areas. The good mix of theory and practical exercises guarantees an effective learning experience with motivated participants. Click here for the video impression on the CIVITAS PROSPERITY trainings. 

A key approach in the CIVITAS PROSPERITY trainings is to carry them out not only with expert trainers but also with the help of staff from cities that have themselves developed SUMPs. They know very well the potential administrative burdens and risks and how to overcome them. And they speak the language of the main target group. Several SUMP Champion Cities, and their representatives are also one part of the trainer tandem. 

Several trainings are already carried out such as the ones in Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovenia and Croatia, Poland and Romania. Training materials are available free for download in local languages. The next oncoming trainings will be the ones in Hungary, Czech Republic, Portugal and in Bulgaria. More information and download of materials at 

National SUMP training carried out in Romania

From 24th – 27th of April 2018 the national Civitas Prosperity training on SUMP for Romania was organised in Brasov. The main target group were the local authorities. The event combined theoretical explanations with the discussion of local examples and practical exercises. It was particularly well received motivating both, politicians and technicians, support the taking up and improvement of SUMPs and join the dedicated national network.

The participation of various guests from the Ministry of Regional Development and from the Regional Development Agencies in charge with urban mobility issues as well as high level advisers enabled fruitful exchanges between the various levels. The training has been completed with support from national and external experts and practitioners among which the representatives of 2 champion cities, Vitoria Gasteiz (Spain) and Sint Niklaas (Belgium). It has been pursued in compliance with the EU guidelines and all the materials are available in Romanian language for download. Thanks to a partnership with the Megacities Shortdocs Festival, a dedicated documentary (combining different short movies addressing various urban mobility issues) was prepared and broadcasted in a central public square, opening the technical event to the general audience through a public urban mobility evening and generating inspiring debates.

First Deputy Mayor of Katowice and Ministry of Infrastructure opened the CIVITAS PROSPERITY SUMP training in Poland

From 09-12 April 2018, the CIVITAS PROSPERITY national SUMP Training for Polish Cities takes place in Katowice. The training was opened by Mr. Sobula, First Deputy Mayor of Katowice, and Ms. Perkuszewska, Head of Innovative and Sustainable Mobility Division of the Federal Ministry of Infrastructure with a presentation about transport policy for urban mobility.

During the four-day training event in Katowice more than 20 trainees receive support in Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. With the visiting experts the trainees will cover Communication and Stakeholder Involvement, Monitoring and Evaluation, Land Use and Mobility Management in SUMPs and Adopting the SUMP approach for small and medium-sized cities.

For more information, please visit the Training & Learning section of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY website.

CIVITAS PROSPERITY is providing a total of nine training events in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania and a joint training in Slovenia and Croatia. You can find here more information about the upcoming national training events and practical information.

New CIVITAS PROSPERITY Innovation Briefs out now

CIVITAS PROSPERITY stands for innovation. And as such, the project offers insights to interesting topics via its Innovation Briefs that are relevant for making SUMPs more attractive, up-to-date and effective. The two latest CIVITAS PROSPERITY Innovation Briefs are now available: 'Placemaking Strategies and SUMPs', as well as 'Children as active stakeholders in the process of city transformation'.

The project’s goal is to get more cities to implement Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) by providing mechanisms and tools for national and regional agencies to lead the development of SUMPs in participating countries. Therefore, all innovation aspects are also an integral part of the various training activities, which CIVITAS PROSPERITY offers in different countries.


The two latest CIVITAS PROSPERITY Innovation Briefs are now available.


Placemaking Strategies and SUMPs

Placemaking is an approach to planning where people are engaged in a collaborative process to bring social life to public spaces through affordable, human-scale, and near-term changes. It is a good ally of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP). Its participatory philosophy is in line with SUMP principles and the use of Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC) approaches allows to make quick transformations to illustrate the desired changes and gain support for future developments. Download here the full Innovation Brief for free.


Children as active stakeholders in the process of city transformation

It is time to give back part of the public space to children to support their social, cognitive and emotional development. Currently most of the public space is occupied by motorised vehicles. Another CIVITAS project, CIVITAS METAMORPHOSIS, is starting to use the immense potential of such spaces and is seeking to transfor them with the needs of children in mind. Its motto is to give people back the spaces currently dominated by vehicles. Download here the full Innovation Brief for free.

CIVITAS PROSPERITY coaching session in Katowice

It is a clear objective of the project that cities (further) develop and implement their SUMPs. CIVITAS-PROSPERITY partner cities have been selected in most cases because they are typical cities within their respective countries. In cases where they are newcomers in SUMP, because their commitment makes them highly appropriate to receive targeted assistance to help them further with their SUMP.

In order to identify what assistance they require, each city carried out an analysis of its current situation in terms of the development of its SUMP. From this a support package will be designed that reflects the relevant problems of the specific cities. Support is likely to involve expert assistance in the application of specific tools and in setting objectives and targets, and, crucially, helping those working on SUMP to make the case for it with their colleagues.

The first CIVITAS PROSPERITY coaching session took place on 16th of March 2018 in Katowice (Poland). The coaching was held by Prof. Tom Rye, Director of the Transport Research Institute (TRI) at Edinburgh Napier University. There were attendees from different backgrounds: City of Katowice, Local Transport Authority, Bus and Tram Transport Operators and the CIVITAS PROSPERITY National Focal Point (SMG Ekspert). The coaching consisted of a study visit and interactive workshops covering background of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) and methodology of defining targets, selecting and implementing measures.

Results of the Europe-wide analysis on Higher Levels of Government – their Support for SUMP in the EU are available now

There is a gap between the needs and demands of the cities that should develop and implement SUMPs, and higher administrative institutions who should prepare the ground and provide programmes to encourage cities to develop and implement SUMPs.

The aim is to close the gap and develop national SUMP support programmes in all participating countries – that are tailor made for the needs of cities and really help them, e.g. through knowledge building and sharing, financial and institutional support, standardisation, common evaluation criteria, etc.

The main concept of the CIVITAS-PROSPERITY project is to activate the national and/or regional level to develop policy frameworks that will improve or start up National programmes.

To prepare the development or improvement of National programmes, CIVITAS PROSPERITY started with the analysis of the current status of national or regional support programmes in EU member states.

This analysis aimed to identify and assess:

  1. the status of National programmes in EU member states;
  2. successful existing National programmes and their key contents;
  3. key problems hindering SUM-planning in cities, regions and countries;
  4. needs of national level representatives in developing and improving National programmes

The results of the analysis which has been carried out in a joint way with the sister project CIVITAS SUMPs-Up is now available for download as report.

National conference on sustainable mobility, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The second national conference on sustainable mobility in Slovenia with a kick-off of the European mobility week (EMW) 2018 took place on 14th February 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the title »Active mobility makes you happy«.

The opening speech was held by Peter Gašperšič, the Minister of infrastructure. Inspiring lectures in the plenary part were held by Polona Demšar Mitrovič, national EMW coordinator, by Karl Reiter from FGM-AMOR (Graz, Austria) and by both EMW 2017 national winners, Municipality of Krško (Romana Pečnik) and Municipality of Novo mesto (Peter Geršič).

The second part consisted of interactive workshops covering multimodality, transport infrastructure design and green urban logistics. There were 80 attendees from different backgrounds: local EMW coordinators and other representatives from municipalities, experts, representatives from national entities and other actors in the field of planning and promoting sustainable mobility.

The organisers of the conference were the Ministry of Infrastructure, Slovenian platform for sustainable mobility and CIVITAS PROSPERITY project partners.

Updated SUMP Guidelines in Bulgarian language available now

Preparing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) is a complex undertaking. Guidelines developed with the European Commission's support offer concrete suggestions on how to apply the SUMP concept and prepare an urban mobility strategy that builds on a clear vision for the sustainable development of an urban area.

The guidelines are intended for local authorities, urban transport and mobility practitioners, as well as other stakeholders involved in the preparation of a SUMP. Each step of the plan development process is illustrated with good practice examples, tools and references to further information.

The Bulgarian CIVITAS PROSPERITY partner CSDCS updated these guidelines in Bulgarian language with the current legal frame in Bulgaria concerning mobility issues.

To read the guidelines, click here.

SUMP Ambassadors Speak Out!

Sharing opinions and connecting with others is important, as it helps to offer support to local and national authorities to improve the quality and uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. CIVITAS PROSPERITY’s approach is to focus its support on connecting, rather than collecting. Hence, the project has introduced SUMP Ambassadors, who are enthusiastic personalities willing to share their interesting stories, findings and lessons learnt from their personal experience with SUMPs.

Our SUMP Ambassadors engage with the people, because they have something interesting to tell. They do not only share their personal view on what they like most in their own city, but helping to understand the starting point of their respective SUMP, how it works and what’s the main focus of it. Because you can have a great SUMP, but if people don’t know about it then it does no good.

Our SUMP Ambassadors have a reason to talk, and they are able to equip others with insights and interesting stories, such as the work with oppositions and how they were able to overcome barriers. But also on how they organised the public participation process.

Our SUMP Ambassadors help to empower other cities that are willing to improve the quality and uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. They offer a clear message on why SUMPs are so important, hence they motivate others to take the next step as well. These personalities provide insights on the driving forces and barriers to develop such an SUMP, or what was and is their role in the development of it, may it be as a politician or SUMP cooordinator.

The first interviews are now online on the CIVITAS PROSPERITY website, and more are to come!

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CIVITAS PROSPERITY Training Activities Kicked-Off

Improving capacities, knowledge and understanding by means of training activities is at the core of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project. As the famous German neurologist Gerald Hüther once said, “Being creative is not always inventing something completely new. Rather, it is more a matter of connecting existing knowledge that was previously separate in new ways. From this process new knowledge and know-how is created.”

The first two training events took place in Kaunas and Limassol, and seven more are to come in 2018.


Training and capacity building activities within CIVITAS PROSPERITY are based on a sound user needs analysis and are developed and delivered mostly by representatives of cities that have themselves developed SUMPs. This is important because cities themselves are well placed to understand the challenges and develop solutions to these challenges in implementing SUMPs. Complementary to them, other project partners bring valuable new ideas, as well as their knowledge of practice to put the cities’ own experience in context.

All training activities are well balanced between theory and practical units and make use of existing training material and tools, but also use newly developed ones. The material and tools are country specific, with detailed consideration of how to use the EU Guidelines in the local context, and they build on local needs and concerns. Additionally, and to overcome the language barrier, these events are taking place in local language and consecutive interpreting into English is provided for experts from other countries.


The first training took place in Kaunas, Lithuania, from 20 November – 24 November 2017. Thirteen cities took part including Jonova, the PROSPERITY partner city, and Kaunas itself.  There was a lot of interest and active participation because SUMPs are very much on the agenda in Lithuania at the present time: the national government has published its own SUMP guidance document, there is money available from the national level for SUMP development and implementation funds are also likely to be made available. 

The training was opened with a presentation from the national ministry, and also featured presentations by Kaunas and by the capital city Vilnius about their own SUMPs, which generated a lot of discussion and debate about, for example, data requirements and modelling for SUMPs, and choice of SUMP measures.  With the visiting experts the trainees covered Communication and Stakeholder Involvement, Monitoring and Evaluation, Land Use and Mobility Management in SUMPs, and the Urban Transport Roadmap Tool.  The quality of the interaction and engagement with the participants was extremely high both in the presentation sessions and in the interactive exercises.  For example, participants were required to design in outline a participation and stakeholder engagement strategy, and some excellent ideas were discussed.  The Champion City Vitoria Gasteiz gave a presentation on their approach to monitoring and evaluation in SUMP which also stimulated a great deal of discussion. Overall a great deal of positive feedback was received.


The second training took place in Limassol, Cyprus, from 27 November – 01 December 2017. Cypriots are very car-oriented;  e.g. in  the Limassol district 90 % of all trips are made by car.  Public Transport is at low operating level, and cycling and walking are regarded dangerous (this is the vicious circle thought:  due to many cars it too dangerous for walking and cycling, so we keep on using the car…)  The quality of urban space and - in general-  liveability conditions – especially in the cities - suffer from this dominance of the car. 

There are only four cities in Cyprus. Nicosia has a SUMP since 2010, whereas the other cities are starting, with the support of the Ministry and EU structural funds.

Limassol is the Cyprus city partner. They also hosted the national training. Even though the participants’ numbers varied from day to day, the attendees were very positive about what they learned from the targeted training topics; SUMP for medium and small sized cities, communication and stakeholder involvement, evaluation and monitoring and working with the Transport Road maps tool. They stated: “it made them think on a deeper level about SUMP". 

Also the coaching session –  partly attended by the Mayor of Limassol – made some challenges clear; especially that SUMP is not only a technical exercise, but needs political and public support for a true and urgent change.


CIVITAS PROSPERITY is providing a total of nine training events in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania and a joint training in Slovenia and Croatia. You can find here more information about the upcoming national training events and practical information.

CIVITAS PROSPERITY seminar in Katowice

On 28 November 2017, the CIVITAS PROSPERITY partners City of Katowice and SMG EKSPERT from Krakow, organised a seminar on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans within the framework of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project. As the overall objective of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project is to support local and national authorities in improving quality and developing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, different local and regional stakeholders from Silesia region were invited for the seminar.

On 28 November 2017, the CIVITAS PROSPERITY partners City of Katowice and SMG EKSPERT from Krakow (acting as a National Focal Point), organised a seminar on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans within the framework of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project. As the overall objective of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project is to support local and national authorities in improving quality and developing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, different local and regional stakeholders from Silesia region were invited for the seminar.

The seminar had a main objective to familiarise participants with the SUMP-concept, as a new, strategic plan and approach, which responds to the needs of urban mobility for a better quality of life, building on existing planning practices, taking into account integration, social participation and evaluation principles.

The seminar was officially opened by Mr Bogumil Sobula, First Vice President of the City of Katowice. Afterwards, the participants of the seminar were able to get acquainted with, among others, the presentation on Katowice's current problems and investment intentions in the field of transport and urban mobility, the methodology and main considerations of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning, assumptions of the so-called Mobility Plans for companies and institutions and a summary of the European Mobility Week organised in Poland in 2017. The latter was presented by Ms Maria Perkuszewska, representative of Polish Ministry of Infrastructure, who are also partners in the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project.

In the second part of the seminar, representatives of the Krakow Municipality and the Board of Municipal Infrastructure and Transport in Krakow, talked about the development of modern public transport systems in Krakow, activities for popularisation of cycling and the public bike rental system, as well as mobility of children and youth (based on experiences in the European STARS project).

The seminar was attended mainly by representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure, local and regional authorities and municipalities, universities and transport operators from the Silesian region.

The next main event to be organised in Katowice, as part of the city's participation in the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project, will be a training course dedicated to representatives of local governments dealing with mobility planning and transport systems, which is planned for 9-12 April 2018.

Knowledge Exchange Session on SUMPs in the Barcelona Region

The seminar focused on the importance of high quality public space to promote mobility changes.

On November 28th 2017, CIVITAS PROSPERITY’s Spanish partner Diputaciò de Barcelona (DIBA) held its yearly exchange session. The seminar took place in Sabadell and gathered over 200 practitioners from municipalities all over the Barcelona Region to discuss on the importance of high quality public space to promote mobility changes and how to integrate public space and pedestrian policies into SUMP development.

The starting point for the session was the reflection around this simple but key cycle:

  • SUMP promote a modal shift away from motorised transport (cars particularly) defining for that purpose in new mobility guidelines
  • New mobility guidelines affect public space which is redesigned accordingly (whether using ‘low-cost’ or ‘hard’ approaches)
  • The use of the street changes: new users (more pedestrians and cyclists) and uses (new commerce, more social interaction...) appear
  • The new use of the street consolidates the new mobility model and favours its further development

The success of the strategy relies on the success of each phase of this cycle, where the adequate measures and tools need to be designed during the planning process (in the framework of SUMP) and timely applied (following SUMP’s action plan).

The session started with an introductory presentation by Màrius Navazo, from CIVITAS PROSPERITY’s NFP company GEA21 where the cycle was presented and the main barriers to change were discusses. Followed by a presentation on the key role of public participation to foster this cycle, including the case of Poblenou’s superblock. During the session different examples of public space and pedestrian policies from municipalities such as Terrassa, Sabadell, Cardedeu and Ripollet were presented and discussed.

More information (in local language) can be found here, respectively, the presentations are available for download here.

Urban mobility planning and policy - best practice from EU for third countries

In recent years, there has been a growing interest from third countries to learn from European experience in the area of sustainable urban mobility. In response to this, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport has just published two booklets.

European Urban Mobility: Policy Context

For decades the European Commission has been stimulating the development and application of new sustainable urban mobility planning approaches and innovative solutions through its policies, through the European Structural and Investment Funds and through its research and innovation funding programmes. Europe has unique and widely respected experience on sustainable urban mobility. The European Commission would like to ensure that this experience is shared with stakeholders across the world. This booklet presents a compact over view of the main features of the European Union's urban mobility policy, related policies, underlying  trends, funding instruments and possibilities for cooperation.

This publication has been prepared principally for the benefit of cities and stakeholders in third countries. It provides an overview of EU urban mobility policy and expertise, with links to specific policy areas (energy, environment, climate change, employment and growth).

To read this booklet, click here


Sustainable Urban Mobility: European Policy, Practice, and Solutions

EU experience and expertise in the area of urban mobility (particularly regarding energy efficiency and climate change) is available to support sustainable mobility in countries outside the EU, facing similar issues. An important concept in addressing the challenges related to (mainly) urban areas, is that of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), which are the focus of an annex of the Urban Mobility Package. The concept of SUMPs relates to a functional urban area and its surroundings, focussing on the people within this area rather than directly on the transport, with the aim of creating a shift towards cleaner and more sustainable transport modes and alternatives to car use and ownership.

This booklet addresses city stakeholders in third countries, who are directly or indirectly involved in urban mobility planning. It showcases relevant EU urban mobility know-how, in order to provide replicable solutions to urban mobility issues.

To read this booklet, click here

CIVITAS Prosperity local/national partnerships National Task Forces to develop or sharpen SUMP Supporting Programmes

In the CIVITAS Prosperity project 11 countries are working on the development and implementation of a tailor-made national SUMP promotion programme.  In the past half-year, the so-called ‘National Focal Points’ in these countries made good progress in creating a national SUMP network and SUMP Promo programme. To make this successful and get the commitment of the responsible higher level government, 11 National Task Forces were launched. 

The number one priority of these Task Forces is to build or improve the National SUMP (framework) programmes and stimulate the uptake of SUMPS in cities, taking into account country specific cultural differences and ambitions and supporting capacities (such as skills, finances, and institutional). The Task Forces also will decide on the legal character, the necessary cooperation of actors, and important steps like the overall quality control of SUMPs and expert certification programmes.  All this work will be targeted and build into a stepwise development process. How fast and hard they work may differ from country to country. It is Prosperity’s ambition to make the Task Forces the ‘manpower’ behind these SUMP Promo processes.  Some of the Prosperity countries are more advanced:   

  • Slovenia already has 2 Task Forces, and the Federal Ministry is very committed to learn from the experience of two decades of Flanders’ SUMP Framework programme. 
  • Germany gathered a lot of governmental, academic and private expertise in the Task Force. They will discuss and decide on how to reform their VEP (Verkehr Entwicklungs Plan) guidelines into a more SUMP oriented manual.
  • Sweden already has its overarching ‘TRAST Strategic Plan’ guidance document and numerous in depth guiding documents to support cities’ efforts in SUMPs. Nevertheless, the National Transport Administration (Trafikverket) is interested in Prosperity’s Task Force approach and will launch it on a voluntary basis (as a 12th country). Trafikverket considers it a chance for better adaptation of the many legislative directives, and better cooperation between the different policy levels. The final aim is — completely in line with the TRAST strategy — to create a bridge between different community planning sectors and levels. A summary of the TRAST Strategic can be downloaded here. 
  • Belgium has a complex federal structure. The Belgian Task Force operates under the BEPOMM (Belgian Network on Mobility Management and Sustainable Mobility) structure. The three regional transport departments are part of it, and they exchange experience and mutually improve their strategies. The SPW – Service Public Wallon (the Walloon Transport Department) – recently published an overview of SUMPs in 8 of their biggest cities. Prosperity considers making this brochure (currently in French) available in English.

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