SUMP Topic guide on safe use of micromobility devices in urban areas
TRT is happy to announce today’s publication of the new SUMP Topic Guide on the safe use of micromobility devices, for which TRT is the main author.
The SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans) Topic Guide has been published alongside the new Urban Mobility Framework of the European Commission. It is the key result from the first Policy Support Group (PSG) of the CIVITAS ELEVATE Coordination and Support Action, with TRT as lead and contributions from 5 experts from selected organisations (TRL, ETSC, POLIS, the City of Paris and the City of Helsinki), the chair of the CIVITAS Policy Advisory Committee (City of Antwerp), BUAS (Breda University of Applied Sciences) and three observers from the cycling and e-sooters sectors.
TRT put its extensive experience of the sector into this new Topic Guide and provided new insights into dealing with one of today’s challenging mobility trend. The Topic Guide focuses on micromobility in the SUMP planning and implementation process and is part of a compendium of EU guidance documents, complementing the revised second edition of the SUMP Guidelines.
The Topic Guide proposes best practice and key recommendations on the integration of micromobility in urban mobility planning, with the goal to support cities in achieving a safer use of micromobility devices in urban areas. It also supports the European Commission in delivering Action 22 of the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. It focuses on shared electrically powered personal mobility devices such as e-scooters and provides some guidance on how the users of these vehicles interact with the users of bicycles and electric power assisted cycles (EPACs), as well as pedestrians and other road users.
The Topic Guide also provides recommendations on integrating micromobility into the Vision Zero approach to mobility and planning, which aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. It highlights the need to urgently integrate e-scooters into cities’ Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), but also into Vision Zero Safety Plans and other relevant plans such as urban development plans.
An open call for feedback took place between 24 September and 29 October 2021, allowing stakeholders to also contribute to the Topic Guide.
Read the SUMP Topic Guide here.