The International Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP), took place on November 15, 2019 in Beijing. It was organised by GIZ GmbH. At the conference, SUMP updated guidelines were introduced and participants debated the applicability of the SUMP concept in China. The conference was a joint effort of the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT), the China Communications and Transportation Association (CCTA), the Jiangsu Transportation Research Institute (JSTI) and the Sino Road Institute of Transportation Science Consulting Co., Ltd (SRITS).
About 100 Chinese and international experts and representatives of Chinese municipal authorities working in the field of mobility, urban planning and related sectors gathered together to jointly elaborate and debate on the advantages of the SUMP concept and the opportunities for applying SUMP in Chinese cities.
Mr. Sebastian Spundflasch, researcher at the Ilmenau University of Technology, elaborated on the main planning challenges for local authorities identified in the EU-SUITS project and stated that participation of civil society is key to ensure sustainable mobility development.
The conference concluded with the strong commitment from all participating cities to develop and implement their own SUMP within the framework of CLCT. This commitment and joint understanding established a solid foundation of piloting the SUMP concept in China. In addition to piloting SUMPs from next year on, a China specific adapted SUMP guideline will be developed and a training program on integrated and low-carbon transport planning shall be established and international exchange on best practices and knowledge sharing will be facilitated.
The SUITS project had a three days project plenary meeting in Alba Iulia, Romania, on 10-12 December 2019. On 10th December, the Implementation of the Behavioral change workshop was organized. The cities’ representatives highlighted the best examples of quick wins during the change implementation in local authorities and defined the lessons learnt from the whole organizational behavioral process. On the following two days, a fine tuning of the project’s current work and planning for the next six months took place. Major achievements on delivery of SUITS research results were presented and scrutinized by SUITS partners.
Under the title “Your opinion matters!” and it actually does, a set of Sustainable Travel and Public Awareness Surveys for seven European cities was launched in November 2019, currently running until the beginning of December 2019. Each city developed the survey at the national language.
The cities involved are West Midlands-UK, Kalamaria-Greece, Turin-Italy, Valencia-Spain, Palanga-Lithuania, Alba Iulia- Romania, Rome-Italy.
The SUITS project wishes to learn more on what people think about sustainable transport and mobility in their city/region and the effect of any local measures to improve it. The survey consists of about 10 short questions and required less than 6 minutes to complete.
Stay tuned for the survey results to be published and the nomination of two winners per city of the Prize Draw!
After the fourth out of five workshops, hours of discussion and fruitful debates, the SUITS project team working with cities, is very pleased to show that all local authorities are able to provide evidence for a successful implementation of transport strategies and measures for sustainable mobility. Leaded by Prof. Ann-Marie Nienaber and her team from Coventry University in close collaboration with Sunil Budhdeo from the City Council of Coventry, the team worked along an eight-step process for organisational change to guide and support the local authorities over the last three years.
The new sustainable thinking within the local authorities and wider society lead to several changes inside the organization.Read more..
The 1st SUITS Multiplier Workshop: National and Urban Mobility Policy and Planning, took place in Berlin, on 11th November 2019. A number of forty stakeholders actively participated and contributed to the workshop aims.
The discussion was focused on how different policy levels (national/regional/urban) can support the uptake of SUMPs in Germany and sustainable mobility in German cities, in general. Major challenges were highlighted and a consensus on what should be an answer was reached among participants:Read more..
Sustainable Travel in the West Midlands and public awareness is the key question for the survey launched. The SUITS project wishes to learn more about what people think about sustainable transport and mobility in their region and the effect of any local measures to improve it. The survey closes on 23rd November 2019.
Take now this quick online survey and you could win one of two £25 Amazon vouchers*.
For the first time the Young ITS Professional of the Year was awarded in the name of former ITS (UK) Chairman Eric Sampson. It was handed to Keelan Fadden-Hopper of Transport for West Midlands who, the ceremony heard, has a passion for transport, shown by his willingness to contribute his own personal time to support initiatives in the transport industry from a young age. He has been involved with the Youth Panel at National Express, been the Secretary for the Youth Panel at Transport for London, and took part in TfWM’s Youth Forum for over four years at TfWM including presenting at the Smarter Travel Conference. Keelan is also a member of the SUITS project team, collaborating enthusiastically in a Consortium consisted of twenty two partners from eleven European countries.Read more..
During the CIVITAS Forum 2019 SUITS project presented the SUITS Capacity Building Program a suite of learning materials for decision makers and planners in small and medium sized cities to address knowledge gaps and misconceptions related to urban planning measures and to the deployment of innovative mobility solutions and technologies. The learning materials were provided in webinars, as on-line documents and transmitted via workshops and multiplier events.
Intensive interest at the session “Procurement and management of municipal fleets“, SUITS project explained the “Building small-medium local authorities’ capacity to implement transport measures: focus on procurement and behavioral change“, by Olympia Papadopoulou & Anastasia Founta (LEVER, Greece) and Ann-Marie Nienaber (Coventry University, U.K.).
On 19th September, West Midlands Combined Authority hosted a visit from the Indian Smart Cities mission, led by Dr Greg Marsden of the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. A day discussion related to the work of Transport Department for West Midlands focused to Mobility as a Service, Bus Rapid Transit and the use of data in transport planning. The delegation was particularly interested to hear about the business models in operation in mobility in the West Midlands and the advantages and disadvantages of these. This was a great sharing opportunity of knowledge with other city government officials and business representatives.
The SUITS project will be represented by Prof. Ann-Marie Nienaber, to the CAPITAL Final Event “Creating a smart City” Public Authority Training Day, providing insights at the behavioural change side. The one-day event will take place in Rome, Italy on 25th September 2019.Read more..
The SUITS project is hosted to the Open Access Government press.
Prof. Andree Wookcock, Project Manager of the SUITS project, was interviewed and the article “Developing and Implementing sustainable and accessible transport strategies” is published.
You can read the full article here
The CIVITAS Forum Conference 2019 will be held in Graz, Austria, from 2-4 October 2019. The 17th edition of Europe’s top sustainable urban mobility event will gather the leading figures in the field from across the continent and beyond. This varied group of city representatives, practitioners, policymakers and academics will debate and analyse the most pressing mobility topics and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe. The CIVITAS Forum Conference thematic sessions will focus on the most urgent mobility topics – many of them addressed by ongoing CIVITAS projects – and provide participants with fora to discover outstanding work from within and beyond the CIVITAS Initiative. Take-up and transfer sessions also make their return. One of the Forum’s most interactive elements, they enable participants to get hands-on with cutting-edge urban mobility tools and see methods in action. Study tours, walkshops and further engaging formats are envisaged!
The SUITS project will have a intensive presence during the CIVITAS Forum Conference, not only in the exhibition area, stand no 15, but also by its participation in three very interesting sessions:
The TRIMIS team interviewed Professor Andree Woodcock, Project Manager of the Civitas SUITS project.
SUITS is a research and innovation project. It adopts a sociotechnical approach to developing capacity in small-and medium-sized local authorities. It will share best practice from larger and medium sized authorities, providing tools and methods which will help small-and medium-sized cities increase their capacity to plan, finance and implement sustainable transport measures and create new business opportunities. Its aim is to transform transport departments into resilient, learning organisations able to meet future challenges and lead sustainable transport innovation in their cities.Read more..
The 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans took place on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June 2019 in Groningen, the Netherlands. The focus of the conference was on providing support to sustainable and active cities within the SUMP context, i.e. how to make cities more walkable and cycle-friendly.
SUITS project was present and participated with a dissemination stand for the project’s results and in parallel three presentations on behalf of SUITS project, were delivered:
The SUITS project held its 6th General Assembly Meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, from 21st May – 23rd May 2019. A very productive meeting, with insights in Stuttgart’s sustainable urban solutions. The first day was dedicated to a tentative workshop where city partners reviewed work in progress and fine-tuned the planned activities for the next six months. The next two days, the SUITS Consortium was focused on the work related to the capacity building program for small medium cities on planning and implementing sustainable mobility plans. Stuttgart city presented the sustainable plan of the city and the way that adopted European best practices are implemented at the city.
Check out the photo story of the SUITS 6th General Assembly Meeting in Stuttgart!
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), partner at the SUITS project, was one of the four facilitators for the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) training event, with examples of good and bad practice to help the audience understand the practical processes of MaaS.
Representatives of the CONTACT group came together to create the event to help local authorities to really understand ‘the nuts and bolts’ of how to implement MaaS in their area. The event was been made possible through sponsorship from Innovate UK & Jacobs. The representatives of the CONTACT group that are supporting this event were Innovate UK, TDI, ITS UK, The IET, KTN, Jacobs & MCAV.Read more..
The SUITS webinar is designed to build and/or strengthen the capacity of small-medium cities’ Local Authorities to to introduce innovative transport schemes, i.e car-sharing, ridesharing (carpooling – vanpooling), bike – sharing, MaaS etc. The webinar is tailored to the needs of local authorities of small-medium cities and especially staff from the transport planning, strategical urban planning, urban development and procurement departments.
It will take place on June 13, 2019, 2:30 PM CEST. A prior registration is essential. If you are interested, please register here.Read more..
The Municipality of Kalamaria, partner of the SUITS Project, organized on 20th March 2019, a stakeholders’ workshop focusing on “Sustainable urban freight transport: addressing modern era challenges, with the involvement of stakeholders and the support of the SUITS project for Urban Sustainable Mobility”. The event was held in the Municipal Council Hall of the city of Kalamaria and was organized under the activities of the SUITS project.Read more..
As part of the SUMP 2.0 process to revise the Guidelines, an event was held on 12 December 2018, in Brussels (Belgium) at the Basque Delegation to the EU. It forms part of ICLEI’s long-running Breakfast at Sustainability’s series. Since their launch in 2013, the EU’s SUMP Guidelines have been the main reference document for developing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).Read more..
On 19-20 November 2018, the workshop entitled “Building small-medium Local Authorities’ capacity to introduce Innovative Transport Schemes” took place in Birmingham, in the premises of the new SUITS partner ‘Transport for West Midlands’. The aim was to pilot one of the classroom courses that form an integral part of the SUITS Capacity Building program.Read more..
The aim of the Civitas SUITS project is to increase the capacity of small-to-medium sized cities to plan and implement sustainable mobility. Working with our project cites, we identified 15 challenges cities have to cope with in this process. We claim that increasing the cities capacity in planning and implementing sustainable mobility will be reached by supporting them in these 15 operational fields.
Please support us validating the challenges by participating the short online survey
The SUITS Conference “Stimulating transport innovation through capacity building in small-medium local authorities” will take place on the 21st November 2018, from 09:00 to 17:30. at the Coventry Transport Museum, in Coventry, UK.Read more..
SUITS partners are conducting a study to understand challenges and opportunities brought by digitalisation, the Internet-of-Things, and big data and implications on data privacy and security. The aim is to help the public sector understand its cyber security and data protection needs, share experiences in outsourcing decisions and identify common problems, open questions and best practices.Read more..
SUITS Webinar on financing, procurement and business models for sustainable urban transport, on June 18, 2018 2:30 PM CEST
This webinar will discuss strategies to maximise the effectiveness and sustainability of urban transport measures through new funding models and opportunities for new business models. The webinar will also focus on different options to finance and procure transport measures (covering capital, revenue, and maintenance funding). The webinar is targeted at local authorities (mainly transport and mobility departments) and other stakeholders, whose work focuses to increase the investment efficiency of public and private funds and optimise opportunities to access regional development funds.Read more..
The European Commission announced this year’s finalists for the SUMP Award and for the European Mobility Week Awards.
Manchester (UK), Milan (Italy) and Turda (Romania) are the three nominees for the 6th Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning award.
Granada (Spain) Prague (Czech Republic) and Vienna (Austria) are the finalists for the European Mobility Week Award. Igoumenitsa (Greece), Lindau (Germany) and Tivat (Montenegro) have been nominated for the newly introduced award for the European Mobility Week for smaller cities.
Identifying & developing the change vision for cities.
SUITS project has performed an analysis on identifying & developing the change vision for cities. This analysis is based on the “trust questionnaire” which was sent to all cities in the last couple of months/weeks (October-November 2017).Read more..
Social Impact Assessments (SIA) are key tools in ensuring that social, cultural and other issues are considered during the planning and implementation of transport measures.The SUITS team is investigating how SIAs are currently undertaken in sustainable transport projects, what factors they should include and how a SIA approach could be used to look at the impact of our project.Read more..
SUITS members took part on December 21st, 2017 in the conference “Sustainable Urban Mobility in the Functional Urban Area (FUA) of Alba Iulia Municipality (AIM)”.
Organised in Alba Iulia Municipality premises, the conference assembled in the same conference hall Romanian central and local governments, Public Transport Operators, energy efficiency agencies and others.Read more..
SUITS project has issued the 1st Policy Brief, debating on: “Sustainable Urban Mobility in Europe – from Planning to Implementation”.
Questions posed in order to answer “why?”; cities stipulate SUMPs but then struggle to implement ambitious walking, cycling and other sustainable measures. read more at SUITS_Policy Brief 1
The SUITS consortium had a three days project plenary meeting in Turin, Italy on 13-15 December 2017. During the first day, the Change Agents workshop was organised; where cities’ representatives exchanged mutual expectations, concerns, ideas and common collaborative tools. The City of Turin organised a study visit “e-bus”for consortium partners. On 14th December, a fine tuning of the project’s current work and planning for the next six months took place. The last day of the meeting two workshops were held, one technical related to project’s data management and for the SUITS training modules.
SUITS project participated in the CIVITAS Forum 2017 in Torres Vedras, Portugal, from 27th – 29th September. CIVITAS Forum 2017 attracted more than 400 participants with contributions to panels, workshops, world cafes and a vivid exchange of ideas for the roadmap to sustainable cities that flourish and prosper.Read more..
The SUITS consortium had a two days project meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece on 19-20 June 2017. During the second day, three workshops were organised. The first one focused on the exchange of ideas and experiences between the nine participating cities, the second one on the evaluation of the changes in organisational capacity within the participating cities and the third on technical issues regarding data collection.
SUITS participated in the 4th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, which took place on 29 – 30 March 2017, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It was an excellent opportunity for SUITS to participate and communicate its aims to the CIVITAS community with more than 400 participants on the Conference and following discussions on the key issues of SUMP implementation in cities.
On month June, Eltis interviewed Prof. Andree Woodcock, the co-ordinator of the CIVITAS SUITS project.
SUITS aim is to substantially increase the capacity of small- and medium-sized local authorities to develop and implement transport strategies and systems, policies, technologies, practices, procedures, tools and measures that are sustainable, inclusive, integrated and accessible. These will recognise the end-to-end travel experiences of all users and freight.
Read more here…
The SUITS project partners gathered in Berlin, Germany on 15-16 December 2016, participating in the 1st SUITS plenary meeting. All partners and city partners were present at the meeting, which was focused on calibrating the implementation of the SUITS project’ s ambitious objectives, for the six-months forthcoming period and fine-tunning partners’ contribution.
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