Parking management should be an important part of sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP) but unfortunately, it is one the most underdeveloped segments. Most EU member states lack national level policy and guidance on parking. The Horizon 2020 project CIVITAS Park4SUMP aims to change this, because good parking management has proved to be of utmost importance. The general concept is to take the very best parking management examples, contexts and expertise in Europe, learn and profit from these, and transfer them on a large scale and in the best way possible to new cities.
Parking management as game changer for urban mobility
Despite good parking management has proven to be beneficial in delivering sustainable urban mobility in our cities, it is still one of the most underdeveloped sections within the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) policies. Park4SUMP aims to reverse this status by considering parking management as part of a wider strategy that can benefit urban mobility but also the overall quality of life of our cities. In fact, good parking management can help freeing up public space, supporting local businesses, reducing search travel, generating revenues, and making our cities more attractive. Sixteen cities have teamed up in the project to demonstrate and transfer benefits of strategically and smartly managed parking.
Park4SUMP aims at stimulating further innovation in parking management and turning parking policies from being reactive and operational as today to become more strategic, effective and holistic.
Innovative parking solutions to achieve your city’s vision and objectives.
Future parking solutions no longer look at old-fashioned infrastructural settings – e.g. expansion of parking areas when the demand is growing. Instead, focus will become more on ‘parking and behaviour’. As such, desired behavioral change can be obtained in different ways, such as by regulations, enforcement, campaigns, nudging and rewarding. This way, parking can be integrated in broader urban mobility policy, under the umbrella of SUMP.
The general Park4SUMP concept is to take the very best and innovative parking management examples, contexts and expertise in Europe, profit and learn from these, and transfer them on a large scale and in the best way possible to new cities and new contexts taking into account cultural and legal differences.
Tailor made advice and provide support to cities
The project’s methodology is built around tailor made advice and support to partner cities. To do so, Park4SUMP helps to pave the way towards the integration of innovative parking management within the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.
Furthermore, the project supports with building capacity, particularly among cities that have difficulty in developing and implementing such policies. Effective policy transfers from one city to another in order to enhance the exchange of knowledge on best practices on parking management, as well as communicating the benefits of good parking management are another core of the project.
And finally, Park4SUMP works with living labs in neighbourhoods to increase the parking management acceptance.