15/06/2022 - 16/06/2022 Sofia and Online

Park4SUMP Final Conference

The Park4SUMP Final Conference, which will take place on 15-16 June in Sofia, Bulgaria, focuses on the topic of parking management. The Horizon 20202 project, which was extended until the end of August 2022, will present the results of the 16 Park4SUMP cities and their effort to reduce on-street parking spaces in the respective urban areas. We invite you to register here.

The two-day event will take place at the 'Sofia Grand Hotel' in Sofia and provides you with a great opportunity to learn about parking regulations as a powerful tool to curb the negative externalities of passenger cars in cities! Furthermore, you will have the unique chance to visit the local implementations of Sofia during a study visit!

Five reasons why you should join:

  • Hear the stories from our sixteen cities in four sessions and panel debates will share stories about their path towards a holistic parking policy. From Umea in the North of Sweden down to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon: whether they invested in park&ride solutions or stricter enforcement, all of them have their unique solution.
  • Listen to the European experts. On the evening of the first day, several representatives from European organisations and associations related to urban mobility and parking will look into the future of parking policy and highlight the achievements of Park4SUMP.
  • Learn how your city can benefit from the Park4SUMP Parkpad framework. It is a locally applied audit process that helps cities to review parking policies, achieve consensus on improvements and develop an action plan that fits the SUMP of your city.
  • Get to know Sofia through the lens of a transport planner. Our local organisation team will not only show you the famous landmarks of the Bulgarian capital, but will explain the extension of the parking zone or the installation of digital parking information on-site during the site visits.
  • Network during our free conference dinner. Since the the Park4SUMP final conference takes place on two consecutive days, a Bulgarian dinner will wait for you to talk shop and talk with your colleagues about parking, sustainable urban mobility and share your success stories

Draft agenda (also available as PDF here)

15 June 2022 (Wednesday)
Sofia Room

  • 12:30-13:00: Welcome Coffee
  • 13:00-13:20: Welcome words by Sofia city officials
  • 13:20-13:30: Introduction to the project
  • 13:30-13:40: Welcome words by CINEA
  • 13:40-14:00: Local achievements of Sofia - parking & beyond
  • 14:00-14:20: Keynote presentation

City presentations in two breakout rooms (arrangement of cities is subject to change)

  • 14:30-16:15: Off-street parking (Sofia Room)
    • Sofia
    • St. Niklaas
    • Umea
    • Krakow
  • 14:30-16:15: Parking strategy (Triaditza II Room)
    • Slatina
    • Zadar
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Tallinn
  • 16:15-16:30: Coffee break
  • 16:30-17:00: Information about ParkPad
  • 17:00-18:00: Panel discussion about main results & future expectations
    • Susan Tully (Napier)
    • Patrick Auwerx (Mobiel21)
    • Martina Hertel (DiFU)
    • Riccardo Enei (Issinova)
    • Theo Thuis (EPA)
  • 19:00: Dinner at the Grand Hotel Sofia

16 June 2022 (Thursday)

  • 08:30-09:00: Welcome Coffee
  • 09:00-09:15: Information about the breakout sessions

City presentations in two breakout rooms (arrangement of cities is subject to change)

  • 09:30-11:30: Innovation (Sofia Room)
    • Rotterdam
    • Vitoria-Gasteiz
    • Gdansk
    • Lisbon
  • 09:30-11:30: On-street Parking (Triaditza II Room)
    • Shkoder
    • La Rochelle
    • Freiburg
    • Trondheim
  • 11:30-11:45: Coffee Break and return to Triaditza II room
  • 11:45-12:00:Park4SUMP main takeaways
  • 12:00-13:00: European Panel:
    • Results of high-level discussions on parking standards
    • European legislative plans
    • Digitisation of parking management
  • 13-14:00: Light Lunch
  • 14-17:00: Site visit in Sofia