Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) in 4 steps
As of 2026, having a 'Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan', or a SUMP for short, is expected to be a requirement for European muncipalaties. Creating a SUMP leads to sustainable mobility policy. Given the climate challenge, muncipalaties should actually be already working on a SUMP. Additional advantage: municipalities with a SUMP are eligible for EU subsidies. What exactly does a SUMP entail and how do you create one? We are happy to provide you with answers.
What is a SUMP?
A SUMP is a mobility plan that complies with European guidelines. It is an integrated plan for sustainably improving mobility in a city or region, in order for mobility to contribute to the liveability of the area. When creating a SUMP, special attention is given to participation of all stakeholders and to the monitoring and evaluation part. (Emission-free) logistics and mobility hubs also play a prominent role in SUMPs. The area for which a SUMP is drawn up does not necessarily correspond to municipal boundaries (as is often the case with mobility plans). A SUMP is set up for a functional urban area (FUA). Its boundaries are determined by the daily flow of goods and people.
We are happy to help you create a SUMP. Given the climate and housing challenge we are facing and the increased inequality within our society, it is good to start now. A SUMP makes mobility play an appropriate and positive role within and beyond the borders of your municipality. To create a SUMP together, we go through four steps.
Setting up a SUMP in 4 steps
If you have a SUMP, you may be eligible for European funding to implement parts of your plan. It is therefore always advisable to get in touch about this with people in your organisation who deal with those funding opportunities.
Why Goudappel is an excellent partner to help you draft your SUMP
- SUMP expert: We are fully conversant with the SUMP guidelines and understand better than anyone else what a SUMP must meet. We also work on several SUMP projects internationally.
- High-quality data: We have access to high-quality data from both public sources such as GIS, and our own data sources such as our traffic models. We convert this data into clear decision information.
- Participation and process guidance: we understand the interests of different groups and, as an independent party, can ensure the right discussions with the right players. Goudappel has extensive experience in organising surveys, focus groups, council meetings and walk-in evenings.
- Monitoring & evaluation: We have excellent tools to monitor, evaluate and adjust the outcomes of a SUMP where necessary.
- Efficient and effective: We have all the expertise related to mobility in-house. This allows us to ensure the integrality of the plan. We can quickly switch between different sub-expertises, such as public transport, parking, logistics, mobility hubs, pedestrians, cycling and climate & energy.
- Efficiënt en effectief: We hebben alle expertise met betrekking tot mobiliteit in de breedte in eigen huis. Daardoor kunnen we de integraliteit van het plan waarborgen. We kunnen snel schakelen tussen verschillende subexpertises, zoals ov, parkeren, logistiek, mobiliteitshubs, voetgangers, fiets en klimaat & energie.
- Extensive experience: In Goudappel's 60-year history, we have witnessed and helped shape all developments in mobility. We have also drafted some 40 mobility plans and visions over the past five years