Boosting Urban Mobility Plans: Integrating Health Priorities into Planning (BUMP)

Boosting Urban Mobility Plans: Integrating Health Priorities into Planning (BUMP)

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

Trieste AREA Science Park Consortium

Overall project value

EUR 143,048

Date

April 2013 – April 2016

Beneficiary countries

Bulgaria | Czech Republic | Germany | Hungary | Italy | Poland | Romania | Spain | United Kingdom

Number of staff

12

BUMP provided city planners and environmental and technical officers in local authorities with the knowledge and skills to plan and manage sustainable mobility in urban and peri-urban areas. The BUMP project was implemented in nine European countries that have very different urban planning policies. While urban mobility needs, energy consumption, pollution, the quality of the urban environment and the efficiency of existing transport policies for both passengers and goods differ greatly between countries in the target area, reducing transport-related energy consumption and promoting an integrated urban transport policy are common challenges that need to be tackled at European level. The BUMP project was a follow-up to PATRES – Public Administration Training and Coaching on Renewable Energy Systems.

The goal of the project was to raise awareness and foster the technical know-how necessary for the development of sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMPs) by building the capacities of local authorities and promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise. Local authorities were encouraged to join the EU CIVITAS Initiative for cleaner and better transport in cities. Strategic objectives were to:

  • promote the development of SUMPs and improve skills in local authorities;
  • reduce fuel consumption;
  • improve air quality in cities where new SUMPs have been introduced;
  • consolidate health benefits (due to fewer road accidents and reduced pollution);
  • attract investments in sustainable mobility; and
  • promote integrated transport policy, as the first priority of the Transport White Paper Roadmap to a single European Transport Area: Towards a competitive resource-efficient transport system (COM 2009:490).

BUMP's package comprised a four-step process. A six-module training programme helped participants learn how to develop a SUMP. The training was followed by the sharing of know-how and experience, after which the most committed local authorities were selected for help and guidance. Study visits were then organised to "pioneer" towns and cities where BUMP projects were put into practice. As a partner in the BUMP project the REC was responsible for the implementation of the health-related strategic objective.

The project aimed to achieve the following results by 2016:

  • 36 new SUMPs (and another 60 by 2020);
  • 180 directors/high-ranking officers and technicians from 90 cities with between 40,000 and 350,000 inhabitants trained (and another 200 trained by 2020);
  • 50 new cities participating in the CIVITAS Forum Network; and
  • 2,000 municipalities with between 40,000 and 350,000 inhabitants informed about project activities.
  • Awareness raising
  • Capacity building
  • Training