“Sustainable Urban Mobility in MED PORT cities”

Project description

All EU cities are confronted with similar challenges related to mobility, i.e. urban congestion, pollution, GHG emissions and the consequent need to improve the mobility and air quality in a context of enduring economic crisis. Yet, MED cities having ports are defied with even more complex issues, needing a long-term mobility planning approach, integrating both city- and port-originated transport flows, in order to achieve sustainable urban mobility.

Specific Objectives
  • Improving sustainable mobility planning capacities of the public sector promoting the concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
  • Integrating the sustainability approach within the long-term mobility planning of MED port cities, through the adoption and update of SUMPs
  • Providing concrete and efficient low-carbon mobility alternatives to MED port cities’ citizens
SUMPORT aims at tackling this situation through the following activities and outputs
  • strengthening the MED port cities’ knowledge and planning capacities through trainings for MED port city officials in drafting SUMPs, also benefitting from MED port cities already having them;
  • drafting SUMPs in two MED port cities and updating one already existing;
  • implementing pilot actions and small-scale investments for sustainable mobility in six MED port cities.
The common mobility challenges of MED port cities require, and SUMPORT will provide, a strong transnational participatory approach, exchanging experiences and expertise, with those already having SUMPs participating in the training of those who do not, and comparing how SUMPs are translated into concrete actions. Tools will be developed for transferring the gained knowledge and results to a wider MED audience. While several projects have been carried out on SUMPs in EU Programmes other than MED, SUMPORT is the first one tackling urban mobility planning in MED port cities.

Overall objective SUMPORT’s main objective is the improvement of sustainable mobility in MED port cities, by fostering the uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in the MED area, with a specific focus on integrating city- and port-related traffic flows in the sustainable public transport planning.

On the one hand, MED port cities will enhance their low-carbon planning capacities through the participation in dedicated training seminars for the elaboration of SUMPs, On the other hand, they will also be able to test-bed the notions acquired both by drafting their own SUMPs, where not already available, or updating the existing ones, as well as by simulating and implementing low-carbon mobility pilot actions and small-scale investments, resulting in practical, tangible and end-user-oriented results.

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