CH4LLENGE project on SUMP supports up to 30 follower cities

In the CH4LLENGE project, which kicked off in May 2013, nine European cities and eight supporting organisations have teamed up to tackle the four most pressing challenges in sustainable urban mobility planning:


  • Participation: Actively involving local stakeholders and citizens in mobility planning processes


  • Cooperation: Improving geographic, political, administrative and interdepartmental cooperation


  • Measure selection: Identifying the most appropriate package of measures to meet a given city’s policy objectives


  • Monitoring and evaluation: Assessing the impact of measures and evaluating the mobility planning process

In over forty pilot schemes, the CH4LLENGE cities Amiens, Brno, Budapest, County of West Yorkshire, Dresden, Ghent, Krakow, Timisoara and Zagreb will analyse their local mobility situation, develop new strategies for tackling their urban mobility problems, and test solutions to overcome local barriers in the four thematic areas. Polis members Dresden and Ghent play an even more important role by leading and training other cities in 2 of the 4 SUMP challenges: participation, and monitoring and evaluation. Another Polis member, Budapest, is organising a summer school on SUMP. The project focuses on knowledge exchange between project cities, and through the pilots, on assisting the development of strategies and implementation. Based on the lessons learned and results of the project four CH4LLENGE Kits aimed at local practitioners will be developed as the main output of the project.

The press release shows furthermore the project’s achievements so far and talks about the newly adopted by the European Commission Urban Mobility Package. Polis reported about the package in December 2013.

The full press release can be accessed here. To learn more about CH4LLENGE, you can visit as well the website and follow CH4LLENGE on Twitter!

Cities who are interested in SUMPs can also have a look at the final ELTIS SUMP guidelines, recently published by the European Commission, in line with the Urban Mobility Package. The document was established by the ELTIS project and includes inputs from a broad spectrum of experts and stakeholders (amongst which Polis). You can find the document here.