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News article16 January 20201 min read

Parking and SUMP: A perfect match - Park4SUMP project

Park4SUMP is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, which supports cities to adapt their parking management strategies as part of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). It aims to encourage innovative parking solutions to become part of cities’ SUMP and other city planning processes.

practitioner brief on Parking and SUMP integration has become a part of the new SUMP guidelines.

The project aims to provide best practice examples, to encourage the following:

  • Movement from an operational and reactive parking policy to a more strategic one;
  • Implementation of innovative and cost-effective parking solutions;
  • Ring fencing of parking revenues for sustainable mobility purposes;
  • Increasing political and public acceptance;
  • Freeing of public space from parking pressure to improve the quality of life in cities;
  • Reducing car travel, as a result of parking management solutions, to make transport systems more sustainable.

There are 16 Park4SUMP partner cities, which aim to improve their parking policies and pilot the implementation of parking management good practice solutions, in seven fields:

  1. Extension of parking management to influence the behaviour of car drivers by priced, time or space limited parking;
  2. Earmarking revenues from paid parking to support sustainable mobility measures as a logical cost-benefit element;
  3. Standards for parking in new developments to influence mobility behaviour and car ownership;
  4. Enforcement is vital for parking management to function effectively;
  5. Parking management as a backbone of the SUMP as it is the main push activity to tame steadily increasing car use;
  6. Technological and institutional and societal innovations empower effective parking management at lower cost and more efficient enforcement, whilst safeguarding equitable access;
  7. Accompanying push and pull measures to support a behaviour shift of different target groups, such as residents, visitors or employees.

Video case studies are available on the Park4SUMP website, which showcase the partner cities, including Krakow, Rotterdam, Sint-Niklaas, Sofia, Trondheim and Vitoria Gasteiz. These videos display the good practice solutions implemented by the cities, which support sustainable development of the transport system.

In addition to the good practice examples available, Park4SUMP training programmes for local, regional and national authorities will become available in many countries from Spring 2020, some of which will be run in with EPOMM members.

For more information on the project, please visit the Park4SUMP website.

Information first published by EPOMM in their December 2019 Newsletter.



Publication date
16 January 2020
  • Mobility management
  • Traffic and demand management
  • Europe-wide