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EU-wide establishment of enduring national and European support networks for sustainable urban mobility (ENDURANCE)

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ENDURANCE sought to build 25 national networks and an overarching European network organisation on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. The main target groups were urban mobility professionals, cities and national authorities. The networks offered a training and policy exchange programme based on yearly national meetings and international meetings. The project was represented in 25 countries, and one core objective was to motivate 250 cities to participate in the networking and to develop, improve and/or implement a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. ENDURANCE made use of the existing EPOMM structure (website, national representatives, workshops, association structure, independent finance) to accomplish its tasks.

Results

  • Set up of 25 national SUMP networks that bring together cities and other stakeholders to support the development and implementation of SUMPs in local towns and cities. In March 2016, 21 of the 25 network hosts confirmed that they will continue to run the networks beyond the duration of the ENDURANCE project. Details of these networks can be found at: www.eltis.org/resources/tools/endurance-european-network;
  • Engaged 328 cities who benefited from network related activities (membership in national SUMP network, attendance at network meetings, attendance at training events; transfer of good practice, receiving expert support, recipient of newsletters, etc.). Details of cities engaged in the ENDURANCE project as well as other SUMP related projects and initiatives can be found at: www.eltis.org/mobility-plans/city-database;
  • Organised three European Conferences on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans supported by DG MOVE, DG REGIO, EASME and the European Platform on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (http://www.eltis.org/mobility-plans/european-platform). This conference is now the principal annual event for all those involved in turning the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan concept into practice. The most recent conference was held in Bremen (DE) on 12-13 April 2016 and attracted over 400 delegates. It offered 67 presentations from local and national authorities, consultants and academia in 20 parallel sessions. Previous conferences in 2015 in Bucharest (RO) and in 2014 in Sopot (PL) attracted 300 delegates and 144 delegates respectively. This demonstrates a growing interest in the SUMP topic. These conferences are now a key feature in the annual calendar of professionals working on SUMP.
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Lessons learned

  • EU projects on urban mobility are increasingly competing for the involvment of cities. More cooperation and steps to prevent duplication of actions will be needed in the near future in order to make the best use of available resources.
  • Before establishing a new network, a through desk review of the current national situation is required to identify existing networks and support activities as well as current and future user needs. Only on the basis of this knowledge it can then be determined whether creating a new network is indeed more beneficial than building on existing networking structures which might require less efforts for setting-up.
  • In countries with already well-established planning principles that are similar to those promoted by a SUMP it can be difficult to identify the added value of national sustainable urban mobility planning networks.
  • In countries without any policy refernce to sustainable urban mobility planning at state or regional level it can be difficult to engage local authorities in such planning and exchange activities.
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Contact

European Platform on Mobilty Management
Belgium
Contact point: 
Name: 
Ingrid Briesner
Tel: 
+43 316 810 451 30
Name: 
Mr Karl-Heinz Posch
E-mail: 
Tel: 
+43 316 810 451 22

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In brief

Duration:
01/05/2013 to 30/04/2016
Contract number: 
IEE/12/698

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