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Three reasons to attend the SUMP Conference in Groningen this year

23 April 2019

With the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans a little more than one month away, we explore the main reasons why you should attend.

1. Planning for sustainable and active cities

The SUMP Conference is Europe’s leading events for urban mobility experts, decision-makers and stakeholders that are committed to make urban mobility more sustainable by putting the SUMP concept into practice. More than 500 participants will debate key issues, exchange ideas on urban mobility planning and network in this year’s edition, Planning for sustainable and active cities.

2. The revised SUMP Guidelines

One of the most awaited elements of this year’s edition is the debate on the revision of the SUMP guidelines, which will provide local authorities with a clear framework for the development and implementation of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. The two central streams of sessions will allow experts and stakeholders to engage in an open dialogue on the updated SUMP guidelines and the new topic guides.

3. Groningen!

Beautiful canals, a mix of breath-taking modern architecture and medieval buildings and, of course, a lot of bicycles. The host city of the 2019 SUMP conference, Groningen, is the vibrant heart of northern Netherlands and a living lab for innovation in sustainable urban mobility. Attending the 2019 SUMP Conference also means discovering a city that thrives to make its transport system safer, more sustainable and inclusive.

More reasons?

Should the reasons above not be enough, there are some more interesting events happening around the SUMP Conference that are definitely worth a visit.

The International Cargo Bike Festival 2019 takes place on 14-16 June, right before the conference. It is the go-to place for professionals with an interest in logistics, cargo bikes and light electric freight vehicles.

Those interested in making transport more accessible and inclusive for all will appreciate the INCLUSION event on 18 June, held in conjunction with the SUMP Conference. In the event, participants will have the opportunity to discover innovative solutions being tested in Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and the UK. Registration is available here.

A workshop on 18 June will explore the topics of financing and procurement for sustainable urban mobility. At the workshop, organised by the SUMPs-Up project, politicians, city representatives and experts will discuss the role of procurement in contributing to sustainable urban mobility goals and the local revenue streams for financing SUMP measures.

For more information

The 2019 SUMP conference will take place on 17 and 18 June. If you have not registered yet, you can do so here. For more information about the conference, please visit the event page.

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