The project supports cities in shifting their planning practices towards people-centered sustainable urban mobility planning, focusing on active mobility modes and promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for citizens, while reducing emissions from traffic.
Cities in the BSR actively work on the transition to sustainable mobility and efficient urban planning to fight the climate crisis. Car traffic is still favored in existing plans. The project supports cities in shifting their planning practices towards people-centered sustainable urban mobility planning, focusing on active mobility modes and promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for citizens, while reducing emissions from traffic. Special focus lies on small and mid-sized BSR cities in preparing and implementing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP).
The project aims to increase the uptake of SUMPs as a strategic tool for sustainable mobility planning by developing tools and offering extensive capacity building for local authorities. SUMPs for BSR will develop a common framework on monitoring and evaluation for sustainable urban mobility planning that supports cities in the region to set up sound local processes. This helps to evaluate the performance of the local mobility system and to provide crucial information for planning and decision making. The project will develop a model for cities to test and experiment with innovative mobility solutions focusing on active modes such as walking and cycling and change of public spaces. The overall objective is to support BSR cities to develop urban transport systems that are safe, accessible, inclusive, affordable, smart, resilient, and emission-free.
UBC Sustainable Cities Commission is the lead partner in SUMPs for BSR working on the management and communications of the project.
The first part of the project will include the preparation of a monitoring and evaluation framework of sustainable urban mobility for local authorities. Small-scale experiments in sustainable urban mobility will be launched, together with the development of the concept for the training package on sustainable urban mobility planning.
SUMPs for BSR is co-funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region to help local authorities implement sustainable urban mobility planning in decision making.