Follow-up of the 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Follow-up of the 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

On 12-13 April 2016, over 400 participants and experts from the fields of transport planning and development, research and politics gathered in Bremen for the 3rd Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans to discuss about new planning strategies, to share ideas, solutions and success stories.

The main theme of the conference, ‘Planning the efficient city’, was addressed by around 70 speakers in 16 interactive sessions centred around the four key topics: ‘The big picture’, ‘New horizons’, ‘The integration challenge’ and ‘Planning techniques’. New topics such as planning for more resilient cities, planning for a multicultural society, automated urban road transport or electro-mobility were explored.


There are lessons to be learnt from places like Bremen who has one of the lowest congestion rates in Europe and was the winner of the SUMP Award in 2014. At the end of the conference, Senator Dr. Joachim Lohse, City of Bremen, concluded with the following inspiring learning points:


…develop the 100% perfect project that cannot possibly be improved by anybody else’s ideas!
…tell your council or parliament that, without any alternative, they must give you 50 million Euros to finance it!
…engage people, instead of listening to what they want, by rather explaining to them in every detail how brilliant your project is!


…look around who your critics are, and if they are relevant, then take them on board and give them a role!
…remind everybody of their multiple mobility needs: a car driver is a pedestrian immediately after he leaves his car; he may have children or elderly parents who also want to move around safely; and each person on a bicycle or tram means one car less in front of you in the morning congestion!
…agree on overall targets before going into detail – and if your project does not deliver against the requirements, improve it or forget it!

The full set of presentations of the 3rd European Confererence on SUMP is made available in our download section

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