The 2012 Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) Award attracted 29 applications from 12 countries. The three finalists vying for the Award were Aberdeen (UK), Ljutomer (Slovenia) and Toulouse (France).
Announced at a joint European Mobility Week-SUMP Award ceremony on 6 March 2013 in Brussels, Belgium, the 2012 SUMP Award winner is Aberdeen.
The winner: Aberdeen City Council
Contact person: Louise Napier
With an overreliance on private vehicles and a requirement for Heavy Goods Vehicles in the City to serve the oil and farming economies, it is perhaps unsurprising that Aberdeen is exceeding both EU and national air quality targets. Despite the relative wealth of the area, nearly a third of households in Aberdeen do not have access to a car and are consequently reliant on public transport services. Aberdeen’s SUMP therefore addresses social, integration, safety, environmental and economic objectives and includes a long planned traffic bypass and a focus on sustainable transport. The redistribution of commuter and non-essential HGV traffic to the bypass will free up road space in the city centre and on key corridors, and this extra space will be reassigned to forms of sustainable transport. The Plan was the result of an open and inclusive process that encompassed public workshops as well as a strong social media presence in order to elicit a wide range of views. The Jury commended this ‘outstanding participatory approach … [involving] stakeholders and citizens.’
The Municipality of Ljutomer
Contact person: Mitja Kolbl
Ljutomer's transport policy is facing a number of challenges including an overly car-centric approach to planning, imbalances in the use of modes of transport, decreasing use of the public transport system and freight traffic issues. The city’s SUMP therefore aims to address these issues (and others) and make Ljutomer the leading Slovenian municipality of its size in terms of sustainable urban mobility by 2016. Whilst traditional transport planning in Slovenia has been criticised for limiting citizen engagement, Ljutomer’s SUMP engaged residents at an early stage, was characterised by a compromise-focused approach and drew on European experience (e.g. CIVITAS Elan, Eltis plus etc). Activities carried out within the framework of the plan included participation in a European project to promote active modes of transport, 27 in-depth interviews with stakeholders and events such as the ‘Day of Active Mobility’ which featured bike checks, games, competitions etc. The Jury remarked that ‘Ljutomer proves that even with a limited national history in participatory planning, developing an ambitious SUMP is possible … For a small town of only 12 000, a remarkable number of actions have been undertaken.’
Public Transport Authority of the Greater Toulouse
Contact person: Aurore Asorey
The Toulouse area has seen steady growth in its population for over 30 years, resulting in an urban sprawl that reinforces traditional car usage dependencies. In addition, development of the public transport network has focused on the implementation of a metro network rather than developing a broad range of transport options. Against this background, the Greater Toulouse SUMP aims to, among other things, support car-sharing schemes, encourage the private sector to adopt Workplace Mobility Plans, introduce a global parking policy and reduce the number of traffic accidents involving ‘soft’ modes of transport such as cycling. Citizens had the chance to contribute to the Toulouse SUMP by participating in any of seven public meetings, a Mobility Conference or by submitting their opinions/questions on the ‘Dialogue’ section of a dedicated website (www.desideespourmieuxbouger.fr). Almost 370 people submitted their questions in this way and over 1500 participated during the public consultation phase. Measures taken within the framework of the SUMP include a ‘Mobility Account’ initiative which will help users to understand the impact (societal, economic etc) of particular modes of transport. The Jury remarked ‘With its long history of and experience with sustainable urban mobility planning, Toulouse demonstrates advanced and well-structured procedures in the field of sustainable urban mobility planning.’