Cities Forum 2017

Urban Mobility

“The Urban Agenda Partnership for Urban Mobility
Action Plan: State of play and ways to participate“


The main focus of the workshop is to explain the objectives of the Urban Agenda Partnership on Urban Mobility and how these link to the New Urban Agenda Sustainable Development Goals. During this session the current state of play of the Partnership will be presented as well as the steps leading to the preparation of the Action Plan. Participants will be asked to consider how they can contribute to the preparation, implementation and communication of the Action Plan.

For more information about the Urban Agenda, please click here
For more information on the Urban Mobility Partnership, please click here

Draft programme

10:30 - 11:00: Welcome coffee
11:00 - 11:15: Welcome word of the coordinators
11:15 - 11:45: Short presentation of the state of play
11:45 - 12:15: Question and answers round
12:15 - 13:15: Other projects/initiatives to be presented (URBACT, UIA, CIVITAS)
13:15 - 14:00: Lunch
14:00 - 14:30: Presentation of PUM Outreach plan and discussion on possible contributions from the participants and other stakeholders (support with the implementation and communication of the actions) 
14:30 - 16:00: Site visit including presentations on the topic
16:00: Closure and leave to the ship


Cambridge Innovation Center Rotterdam, Stationsplein 45, Rotterdam

The mobility transition in the city of Rotterdam has picked up. The use of the car in the inner city has been constant for many years and has even declined during the recent period. At the same time, the use of the bicycle and public transport is growing. The transition to more sustainable forms of mobility is continuing, but to what extent is difficult to predict. Rotterdam had recently launched an urban traffic plan, in which tasks have been drawn from the desired economic development, environmental quality and health of Rotterdam's residents. The Rotterdam Sustainable Mobility Plan (SUMP) forms the framework for four elaborations forming the mobility themes in the Municipal Executive's programme: the urban traffic plan, the parking plan, the road safety plan and the bicycle plan. Maximum scope has been provided for co-production and stakeholders’ and experts’ participation. An integrated approach that involves all stakeholders is central to the Rotterdam SUMP. Special attention is also paid to identifying innovations together with the business community, alongside positive, stringent regulatory action. This represents a way to work with business to make the city of Rotterdam stronger and better and to create a zero emission city. Our approach is an integrated one focussing on technology, logistics, behaviour, regulation, and communication. These themes come up repeatedly in SUMP.
During your visit to Rotterdam, the participants will be shown by bike, starting from a visit to Central Station, how the city, looking at the current challenges and trends ahead, has managed to use its mobility plan to make the city more attractive, liveable, economically vital, and sustainable.

Background information on the Partnership of Urban Mobility

Members of the Partnership

  • Cities: Karlsruhe (Coordinator), Bari, Bielefeld, Burgas, Gdynia, Malmö, Nijmegen, Torres Vedras, Skåne Region, Wallonia Region;
  • Member States: Czech Republic (Coordinator), Cyprus, Finland, Romania, Slovenia; 
  • Stakeholders: European Cyclists´ Federation (ECF), Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), Polis Network, International Association of Public Transport (UITP); 
  • European Commission: DG REGIO, DG MOVE, DG ENVI, European Investment Bank.
The Partnership identified four thematic areas and formed an equal number of Working Groups to develop each one:
  • In order to reduce congestion, reduce air pollution and improve health levels, promoting the use of active modes and rethinking the use of public space is considered;
  • Technological advancements have unleased great opportunities in the field of smart mobility and other innovative solutions, however the challenge is to define the role authorities are called to play to facilitate the take-up of promising new solutions.;
  • In creating accessibility for the whole of the urban population it is essential to look into the theme of improving public transport and multi-modal solutions; 
  • Finally, issues of multi-level governance and coordination as well as planning are dealt with in a separate thematic group.
Since February 2017, the Partnership on Urban Mobility has worked towards defining actions which aim to contribute to and influence European legislation, funding and knowledge exchange. The partnership is currently working to integrate suggested actions into its draft Action Plan with a completion horizon of January 2018.

Please click here to access the background paper