Cities in Europe are vital centres of economic activity, innovation and employment. However, they face increasing challenges to their mobility systems such as congestion, air quality, ambient noise, CO2 emissions, accidents and urban sprawl. To tackle these problems cities need to develop and implement coherent and challenging Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPS).

Central to the development of effective sustainable transport strategies is the availability of tools and guidance documents, helping policy-makers to understand the range of possible actions and steps to successful implementation. The European Urban Transport Roadmaps study, supported by DG Move, provides a web based policy support tool to help cities across Europe explore policy options for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.

The policy support tool is aimed at the large number of small and medium sized cities in Europe who may not have the resource for major policy assessment and modelling work. Using this tool cities can:

  • explore and identify appropriate sustainable transport policy measures;
  • quantify the transport, environmental and economic impacts of these measures;
  • consider an implementation pathway (roadmap) for the policy scenario.

The urban roadmaps tool complements other tools supported by the Commission to help you with your SUMP, such as:

KonSULT project, further developed as part of the Challenge project, that allows cities to better understand transport policies and what may be useful for them.

WBCSD indictors project that helps cities develop indicators for their current situation.

NISTO project that helps assess potential measures using expert and stakeholder views. 

The unique features of the roadmaps tool are that it:

  • Directly quantifies the benefits of a policy in relation to different impactssuch as emissions or mode split, rather than giving a qualitative assessment or rating;
  • Considers these benefits taking into account the local situation of your city, as you have set up your city directly in the tool;
  • Allows packages of measures to be assessed, taking account of how they will interact, to meet objectives;
  • Is a forward looking tool to help you explore and build policy roadmaps out to 2030 and what these would mean for your city.

The project partners

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Ricardo Energy and Environment – is an energy and environmental consultancy with over 40 years’ experience working with clients across the globe. Ricardo Energy and Environments Sustainable Transport Practice’s work includes high-level strategic policy development and research for the European Commission and national governments, as well as analysis and modelling for major businesses. Their expertise covers a wide range of analytical tools and techniques. Using these skills and knowledge, they provide strategic and specialist support to develop and evaluate transport policy both at home and internationally.


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TRT – Trasporti e Territorio Srl is an independent consultancy firm specialised in transport economics, transport planning and modelling. Since its establishment, TRT has been working across research and consulting projects both at nation-wide and international-wide level, offering leading edge expertise and contributing with specialist knowledge in a wide range of transport consulting areas covering strategic and urban planning, development of transport policies, research projects, feasibility studies, policy analysis and impact assessment, ex-post and ex-ante evaluation, transport demand analysis and forecast, logistics and freight transport, planning and regulating of public transport, energy and environment.


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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is a worldwide association of local governments implementing sustainable development. Today ICLEI has more than 1,000 local government members, approximately 200 of which are in Europe. ICLEI’s mission is to build and serve a world-wide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability and environmental conditions through cumulative local actions. ICLEI recognises the crucial role that transport and mobility has to play to foster the sustainable development of our cities as well as to implement Europe's climate ambitions. We approach sustainable urban mobility from a governance, management, awareness raising and technical/technological perspective.