Encouraging good practice in the development of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans: the role of research

The European Commission's 2009 Action Plan for Urban Transport identified, as its first Action, the provision of guidance on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). The 2011 White Paper subsequently envisaged that there might be a mandatory requirement for such Plans for cities over a certain size, and that the allocation of regional and cohesion funds might be made conditional on the submission and auditing of such Plans. In the last two years, substantial progress has been made in the development of guidance for the preparation of SUMPs, leading to the publication of a working draft of guidance in September 2011. At a national level, guidance has been provided for PDUs (Plans de Deplacements Urbains) in France and for Local Transport Plans (LTP) in England. Each of these guidance documents draws in part on research and in part on an innate understanding of good practice. The underpinning research includes assessments of the effectiveness of the policy making process and of the resulting policies. We review these guidance documents, outline those aspects which are based on past research, and highlight, particularly by identifying remaining barriers to progress, those areas in which further research may be needed. On this basis we suggest a research agenda which WCTRS SIG10 (World Conference on Transport Research Society Special Interest Group 10) may wish to pursue. Subsequently we discuss good practice in the provision of guidance, and particularly the distinction between prescription and support which is apparent in many guidance documents. On this basis we propose ways in which the results of research on policy formulation can best be presented, and hence how SIG10 might most appropriately contribute to the process of policy learning.

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    Technische Universitaet Wien (Oesterreich). Institut fuer Verkehrswissenschaften

  • Authors:
    • May, Anthony D
  • Publication Date: 2012


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 17-32
  • Monograph Title: WCTRS – SIG10 Workshop. Emerging Urban Transport Policies towards Sustainability
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  • Accession Number: 01484189
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit (KfV)
  • ISBN: 978-3-9503375-0-1
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2013 7:43AM