From the 17 to the 19th of June, the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat was in Groningen – a vibrant middle sized-city of the Netherlands – to attend the 6th European SUMP Conference. With 60% of total city’s trips made by bikes, it is unsurprising that this year the focus on the conference was on providing support to sustainable and active cities within the SUMP context, meaning how to make cities more walkable and cycle-friendly.
To that regard, 3 members of the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat team reached the conference by bike, cycling from Amsterdam for almost 200km during less than 2 days! Congratulations to the team for this athletic and climate conscious initiative!
One of the main purpose of the conference was to introduce to European and International urban mobility professionals the second edition of the guidelines for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (i.e. SUMP Guidelines 2.o). These adjustments build on feedbacks from the ground and consolidated by Ruprecht Consult were presented during the opening session. The SUMP guidelines 2.0 are not yet finalized, thus this event was also a means to collect further feedback from the urban mobility community, as a draft version was circulated. The final version should be released at the CIVITAS Conference in Graz (2th October 2019). Also, during the opening session, José Viegas, former Secretary-General of the ITF (International Transport Forum) gave an overview of the great achievement of sustainable urban planning so far, as well as the challenges ahead. The multiple parallel sessions held throughout the event gave the opportunity to the attendees to deepen their knowledge on various sustainable mobility related topics, within the SUMP context (For more information on the different presentations click here).
The MYC Partnership seized the opportunity of the Groningen Conference to meet experts working on sustainable urban mobility planning inside and outside Europe, in order to figure out how to make the best use of the SUMP Guidelines 2.0 in its activities in developing and emerging countries/cities.
Last but not least, the 6th European SUMP Conference was also the occasion to make the official handover between the former coordinator of the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat, Markus Delf, and his successor, Sasank Vemuri.
Thank you Markus for all the hard work done, its been a pleasure to work with you over the last two years. Welcome on board Sasank!