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News archive

News archive

The news archive contains all the information on the ADVANCE actions that have been posted during the project time.
You are very welcome to scan through the archive and follow the development of the project!


New ADVANCE Audit took place in Granollers, Spain

October 2015

ADVANCE Project progresses in Catalonia: on 5th October 2015 the kick-off meeting of a new ADVANCE Audit took place in Granollers.

CINESI is satisfied to announce the ADVANCE Project progresses in Catalonia: on October 5th 2015 the kick-off meeting of a new ADVANCE Audit took place in Granollers, a city located in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (population of 60,000 inhabitants).

The Municipality wants to update its existing SUMP next year and the goal of the ADVANCE audit is to play a key role in the improvement process of this SUMP.

Further information: http://granollers.cat/mobilitat/pla-mobilitat-urbana-granollers-1

New ADVANCE Audit took place in Granollers, Spain

Malmö: Mobility Plan is in the phase of public consultation

January 2015

The City of Malmös' proposal for new Traffic and mobility plan is in the phase of public consultation!

As a result from the work with the ADVANCE Audit the city administration have worked on a new Traffic and mobility plan, our kind of SUMP. The proposal is in Swedish but as soon as it comes politically adopted it will be, in some extent, translated into English.

Have a look at it on the bottom of this webpage:
http://malmo.se/tromp (TROMP rapport externremissversion)

Contact: Peter Håkansson

Malmö: Mobility Plan is in the phase of public consultation

ADVANCE Brochure now released

October 2014

The ADVANCE Brochure "Development of the ADVANCE Audit Scheme to increase the quality of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in cities" has recently be published.
Download the brochure now!

Today urban areas face many challenges in various sectors like: health, economy, social, quality of live and mobility. A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) helps to overcome some of these challenges as it focuses on people, accessibility and quality of life in a city. It builds on infrastructure and soft measures and also takes the opinion of the civil society – as one of the main actors - into consideration.

How does the project ADVANCE fit into all this? ADVANCE has developed the so called ADVANCE Audit Scheme, which helps cities to easily assess the quality of their urban mobility planning. In cities that already have a SUMP, the ADVANCE Audit can help to improve it. In cities that do not have a SUMP yet, ADVANCE can help to set the ground for it.

The ADVANCE Audit was directly tested in 9 different cities and their feedback was gathered and integrated into the final version of the ADVANCE Audit Scheme. Therefore, the ADVANCE Audit is a tried and tested, very practical tool for cities.

Are you interested to gain further information? This document gives an overview on the ADVANCE Audit. It provides some lessons learnt from the development process and also gives an insight how the ADVANCE Audit will be sustained after
the EU funding ends.

Contact: Julia Zientek, FGM-AMOR

ADVANCE Brochure now released

ADVANCE Training materials now available for free download

July 2014

122 ADVANCE Auditors have been trained in 2014. The training materials are now online for free download.

The training materials include three practical guidebooks and reports:
• A report on national training workshops that took place in 2014
• A handbook for trainers, including practical tips on how to carry out a training workshop
• Training documents and handouts for trainees

Contact: Julia Zientek, FGM-AMOR

ADVANCE Training materials now available for free download

122 trained auditors!

April 2014

After 10 training workshops from February and March 2014, 122 participants received a certificate authorizing them to conduct the ADVANCE Audit in cities.

The ADVANCE consortium carried out 10 national training workshops for external auditors from February to March 2014. The future auditors received training and guidance from the project partners, who already conducted the ADVANCE Audit in the partner cities and thus validated the concept before. Passing the training, participants received a certificate authorizing them to conduct the ADVANCE Audit in European cities in future. In total, 122 auditors were trained. All of them had a chance to test their ability to conduct the ADVANCE Audit before its application in a real city by performing a pilot audit for a case city. When evaluating the training quality one of the auditors said: \"The ADVANCE Audit has a broad perspective and a high degree of involvement. The process provides self-help and initiates a mobility planning effort in the cities\".

Contact: Dana Sitanyiova

122 trained auditors!

Download the final ADVANCE Audit Scheme!

April 2014

The Final ADVANCE Audit Scheme is now available in 11 European languages. Download the documents here.

The ADVANCE Audit is a tool that analyses the strengths and weaknesses in the current mobility planning of a city and gives clear indications for improvement. Measures and areas of actions to improve the sustainable mobility planning in the city can be derived directly from the action plan that results from the audit process. The action plan can be used as a basis for the development of a new or updated SUMP.

The ADVANCE Audit Scheme is now available in:
• English
• Dutch
• German
• Greek
• French
• Polish
• Romanian
• Slovakian
• Slovenian
• Spanish
• Swedish


Download the full description (guidelines and questionnaire) in English:
ADVANCE Audit Scheme
ADVANCE questionnaire

Download in all other languages here.

Contact: Julia Zientek, FGM-AMOR

Download the final ADVANCE Audit Scheme!

Registration for training is open!

January 2014

Please register now! ADVANCE will conduct a series of ten national training events between February and March 2014. The purpose of these national training events will be to train future ADVANCE Auditors, who will apply the ADVANCE Audit in cities.

The training events will be conducted in local language. The following locations and dates are fixed:

Zilina (SK): 04.02.-05.02.2014
Graz (AT): 06.02.-07.02.2014
Lyon (FR): 10.02.-11.02.2014
Maribor (SL): 13.02.-14.02.2014
Barcelona (ES): 17.02.-18.02.2014
Piraeus (GR): 19.02.-20.02.2014
Szczecin (PL): 25.02.-26.02.2014
Gent (BE): 27.02.-28.02.2014
Bucharest (RO): 06.03.-07.03.2014
Malmö (SE): 24.03.-25.03.2014

More information about the national training events, the online registration procedure and other useful information can be found in the ADVANCE training section.

Registration for training is open!

Trainings Events

December 2013

ADVANCE will conduct a series of ten national training events between February and March 2014. The purpose of these national training events will be to train future ADVANCE Auditors, who will apply the ADVANCE Audit in cities.

The training events will be conducted in local language. The following locations and dates are fixed:

Zilina (SK): 04.02.-05.02.2014
Graz (AT): 06.02.-07.02.2014
Lyon (FR): 10.02.-11.02.2014
Gent or Brussels (BE): 12.02.-13.02.2014 (tbc)
Maribor (SL): 13.02.-14.02.2014
Barcelona (ES): 17.02.-18.02.2014
Piraeus (GR): 19.02.-20.02.2014
Szczecin (PL): 25.02.-26.02.2014
Bucharest (RO): 06.03.-07.03.2014
Malmö (SE): 25.03.-26.03.2014

Trainings Events

30 years of sustainable urban mobility plans (PDU) in France

November 2013

PDU (the French SUMP) is 30 years old. How has it evolved, what benefits has it brought and what challenges does it have to face in the future?

Since their creation in 1982, PDUs (the French name of SUMPs) have gradually taken on more importance around more recent issues or ones that received insufficient treatment in the early decades: environment and climate change, accessibility for all, transport and urban planning, parking management and the transportation of goods.
They have demonstrated their effectiveness to help influence inhabitants’ mobility (reduction in car use and increased use of public transport and development of active modes) and their success has encouraged many medium sized cities to engage in voluntary approaches.

For further information on PDUs, download a lleaflet here (http://www.certu-catalogue.fr/30-years-of-sustainable-urban-mobility-plans-pdu-in-france-mobility-and-tranport-focus-on-n-27.html)

Contact: Thomas VIDAL / Nicolas MERLE, CERTU

30 years of sustainable urban mobility plans (PDU) in France

Advisory Committee Update

October 2013

The Advisory Committee in the final stages of the ADVANCE project: overview of key roles

Due to the successful experiences in the past, the Advisory Committee will also attend the next Project Consortium meetings in December 2013 (Lyon) and June 2014. Up to now, the comments and suggestions from their members have helped the consortium to ensure the quality of the ADVANCE Audit Scheme and to focus on the main target groups. From now on, the Advisory Committee members will give their advice about one of the more important pending issues of the ADVANCE Project: the training of future auditors.

The national training workshops will take place in the coming months in 10 European countries. Their aim is to train external auditors to apply the ADVANCE Audit Scheme in the cities and to establish a critical mass to trigger a snowball effect for the auditing of mobility policies in Europe and good quality SUMPs.

Contact: Jordi Casas, CINESI

Advisory Committee Update

ADVANCE goes international

October 2013

Representatives of ADVANCE project were present at recent key international events to disseminate results and speek about the audit scheme.

ADVANCE project representatives have been attending key international events over the past months to make the project’s outputs known at a larger scale. Among them, the UITP conference on the theme "Sustainable mobility on a tight budget" (Nantes, March 2013), the European Mobility Week workshops (Brussels, March 2013), the European Commission urban mobility package stakeholders conference (Brussels, May 2013) and the European conference on Mobility Management (Gävle, May 2013) have been the most sucessful.
The ADVANCE audit scheme has also been the topic of an article published on the Covenant of Mayors website in July 2013 - the Covenant, a movement of local and regional authorities engaged towards increased energy efficiency gather cureently more than 5.000 signatories.

Contact: Melanie Leroy, EUROCITIES

ADVANCE goes international

A new holistic strategy

September 2013

As a first run test city, the City of Malmö has already started implementing the Local Action Plan

The city of Malmö has a history of effectively working with the different transport modes, separately. To make the transport and the urban planning even more successful, a new strategy has been acknowledged due to the ADVANCE process. Aiming for a more sustainable transport system and a more attractive city, the strategy has to have a holistic approach.

The main action in the Local Action Plan, for the city of Malmö, is to develop a new holistic mobility plan – gathering the different transport modes and its challenges and the different interests in the city in one SUMP. The work with the new SUMP started off in early spring of 2013 and will be completed for an external public consultation in the fall of 2014.

Contact: Peter Håkansson, City of Malmö

A new holistic strategy

Improving quality of life

September 2013

Schaerbeek is in the final sprint to the action plan. The members of the working group voted and discussed on what actions should be given priority.

With 12.7000 inhabitants, Schaerbeek is the second most populated urban district of the Brussels Region. The Brussels region is in fact a large city consisting of 19 municipalities. The municipality of Schaerbeek has a SUMP since 2009. Through ADVANCE the municipality aims to identify fields of their policy that need to be improved, and hence, bring their contribution to a more sustainable mobility in the region.

Points of improvement that the action plan will include:

  • To develop assessment tools to systematize monitoring and evaluation
  • To monitor traffic flows and traffic circulation
  • To continue developing the offer of public transport and make it more attractive
  • To continue developing bicycle facilities.

The final action plan will be approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Contact: Veerle Duportail, TRAJECT

Improving quality of life

More sustainable mobility

September 2013

Judenburg is located in the State of Styria and is the regional capital of the district Murtal. With about 9.300 inhabitants on 13 km², it is densely populated.

In the 1990s, the city started to intensify investments in sustainable urban transport. For example, they participated in services like the inner city bus or the Verkehrsverbund Aichfeld (Regional public transport association). Furthermore, a first local transport plan was carried out in 1996. In 2010 the plan was evaluated and brought up to date. The main aim of the ADVANCE Audit is to identify important topics that were not part of the local transport plan. The local action plan recommendations for the city of Judenburg (AT) include among others:
• Definition of an annually budget for sustainable urban transport
• Introduction of walking campaigns for pupils
• New sign posting system for cyclists
The local action will be presented to the political decision making bodies in September.

Contact: Eva Volkar

More sustainable mobility

New SUMP for Maribor

August 2013

The city of Maribor has started the ADVANCE Audit process with the first meeting of working group.

Maribor is Slovenia´s second largest city with about 120.000 inhabitants and an urban area of 42 km2.
Maribor has a lot of mobility problems. One of the biggest is the very old city bus fleet. People generally do not use the city buses or do not use them a lot. They use mainly cars. To this end the City of Maribor was willing to introduce a new Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.
Therefore, the Energy Agency of Prodravje is conducting the ADVANCE Audit in the City of Maribor. The ADVANCE working group consists of representatives of the city, the university, the Maribor cycling network and the Maribor Development Agency. The first meeting of the ADVANCE working group was already held and during August the members of the working group are answering the questions of the ADVANCE questionnaire.

Contact: Dejan Kosi

New SUMP for Maribor

Terrassa: Updating the new SUMP

August 2013

City of Terrassa: The ADVANCE Action Plan will define the strategic goals and objectives to achieve for the city’s new SUMP.

Back on 2002, the city of Terrassa was the first Catalan city to draft and implement a SUMP. Now the time to update it has arrived and the ADVANCE Audit is helping the new SUMP in its first steps.
The audit process has been an opportunity to put most of the Municipality Departments in contact and to show that sustainable mobility is a shared responsibility and that it has many interactions with other city issues: health, urbanism, etc.
While the representatives of these Departments – together with other public bodies’ representatives – have been involved in the audit process from the early stages, the local stakeholders (user groups, neighborhood associations, etc.) joined the process later.
The ADVANCE Action Plan will be used to establish the strategic goals and objectives of the city in the coming years.

Contact: Jordi Casas, CINESI

Terrassa: Updating the new SUMP

Agioi Anargyroi & Kamatero: first Greek city to test its urban mobility policies through the ADVANCE Audit Scheme

July 2013

The City of Agioi Anargyroi and Kamatero goes through the ADVANCE Audit Process and presents the final Action Plan to the City Leadership.

The City of Agioi Anargyroi and Kamatero becomes the first Greek city to test its urban mobility policies through the ADVANCE Audit Scheme. Its Local Action Plan (LAP) is under a final review and will be approved by the City Council.
The Audit activities started in April 2013. The working group comprised five municipality executives and was complimented by an expert appointed by the Athens Urban Transport Authority and UPRC/DDL researchers. With active involvement of relevant stakeholders - Deputy Mayor for Youth and Volunteerism, Deputy Mayor for Schools, Deputy Mayor for Infrastructure , the local Chamber of Commerce - an LAP was developed.
Actions focused on developing a Mobility Group within the municipal organization as well as on Mobility Management, Pedestrian, Bike, Streetscape and Freight Management.

Contact: Ioannis G. Koliousis

Agioi Anargyroi & Kamatero: first Greek city to test its urban mobility policies through the ADVANCE Audit Scheme

Žilina: First Local Action Plan

July 2013

ADVANCE has supported the municipality of Žilina in developing a Local Action Plan for urban mobility.

The concept of mobility management is still quite new in Slovakia. No national strategies or legislative recognize this term yet. Nevertheless, we started to implement mobility management measures to improve the transport system in Žilina. However, we lacked appropriate tools and methodology.
With the help of the ADVANCE Audit it was possible to embed the SUMP concept into our local transport policy. The results of the audit enabled us to assess mobility planning within the municipality. In addition the ADVANCE project equipped us with the necessary tools and provided us with assistiance for addressing the challenge of sustainable mobility. As an added bonus we had the opportunity to learn from the experience of more advanced project partners.

Presently we are finalising our Local Action Plan with the aim to bring mobility measures into practice. Our main priorities are: more space for pedestrians and cyclists in the city centre, new intermodal points, prioritisation of public transport, road safety, work with young people and much more. The Local Action Plan will be part of the General Transpor Plan that is currently developed.

The picture is showing the revitalisation of public space in the city centre of Žilina.

Contact: Dana Sitanyiova

Žilina: First Local Action Plan

The ADVANCE methodology - summary now available!

July 2013

Are you a representative of a local authority and interested in improving local conditions?
Are you a transport expert working in the field of sustainable urban mobility?
Have a look at the new summary of the ADVANCE Audit Scheme. The document gives you a good overview of the audit process and the methodology used.

The leaflet "ADVANCE Audit Scheme" is available in 12 European languages:
• English
• Catalan
• Dutch
• German
• Greek
• French
• Polish
• Romanian
• Slovakian
• Slovenian
• Spanish
• Swedish

Download the leaflets here

Contact: Julia Zientek, FGM-AMOR

The ADVANCE methodology - summary now available!

Prototype ADVANCE Audit: Download in 10 languages!

May 2013

The Prototype ADVANCE Audit Scheme is now available in 10 European languages. Download the documents here.

The ADVANCE Audit Scheme is now availabe in:

  • English
  • Catalan
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Greek
  • French
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Slovakian
  • Slovenian

Download the full description here

Contact: Julia Zientek, FGM-AMOR

Prototype ADVANCE Audit: Download in 10 languages!

Start for the second test run of the ADVANCE Audit Scheme in the test cities!

April 2013

The second test run of the ADVANCE Audit Scheme has commenced and will take cities throughout 5 steps during a period of maximum 6 months in order to improve or develop a new Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.

The key elements for the completion of the ADVANCE Audit are:
• the ADVANCE working group as the main actor in the audit-process formed to discuss strengths and weaknesses of the urban mobility planning and to define ways for further improvement
• the ADVANCE questionnaire as the main instrument to perform the assessment (Step 2 of the Audit) of both the SUMP and the present mobility strategy of the city, covering 5 Mission Fields and 8 Action Fields.
• an Action Plan (AP) as the final output of the ADVANCE Audit process with concrete actions to improve the local urban mobility plan and policy, not an SUMP in itself but could be used as the basis for the development (in starting cities without a SUMP) or the upgrade (in advancing or advanced cities) of the local SUMP.
• The ADVANCE Certification - after the city has passed the ADVANCE Audit, it can apply for a certification. The ADVANCE certificate is the proof of a correct audit process and a clear commitment of the city to (further) improve the city’s sustainable urban mobility plan and policy.

Start for the second test run of the ADVANCE Audit Scheme in the test cities!

Prototype ADVANCE Audit Scheme now completed!

April 2013

The Prototype ADVANCE Audit Scheme is now available. Download the full description as well as the audit questionnaire here.

Energy savings, a more sustainable lifestyle and a better quality of life are becoming increasingly
important. Transport can make a big contribution to meeting these goals and to ensure the
attractiveness of our cities as places worth living in, today and tomorrow.

To improve the quality of urban transport, ADVANCE has developed an audit and
certification scheme to evaluate and improve local authorities’ Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
(SUMPs).

Download the full description of the Audit Scheme here.

Prototype ADVANCE Audit Scheme now completed!

City of Szczecin tested the ADVANCE Audit successfully

September 2012

The ADVANCE Audit is currently tested by the municipalities of Malmö and Szczecin. These two cities will become the first municipalities in Europe certifying its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan in accordance with the ADVANCE standard.
In the context of the 3r Conference of Active Mobility in Gdanks (Poland), a preliminary awarding of the City of Szczecin took place.

In the context of the 3rd Conference of Active Mobility in Gdansk (Poland), Mr Ioannis Koliousis, project manager of the Transportation Systems Laboratory at the University of Piraeus (GR) represented the ADVANCE Project consortium (www.eu-advance.eu) handed over a certificate about successful participation in ADVANCE to Mr. Mariusz Kadziolka , Deputy Mayor of the City Szczecin.
Mr. Mariusz Kadziolka said: "I am extremely satisfied that my city is the first that will certify its Sustainable Mobility Plan. This preliminary award demonstrates that our effort to improve the quality of life of our citizens is in the right direction. The Mobility Plan we developed integrates into a single system all transport modes with emphasis on sustainable transport modes, such as cycling, walking and high quality public transport."
Mr. Ioannis Koliousis congratulated Mr. Kadziolka for the successful mobility planning process adopted by the municipality and said that "this is the beginning of an ongoing effort of the municipality not only to understand the mobility needs of its citizens but also to adjust the municipal transport networks to these needs, thus improving mobility and ultimately designing a “people friendly city” without favoring car usage. The city of Szczecin is the first of a series of municipalities that will certify their urban mobility plans."

Contact: Ioannis Koliousis

City of Szczecin tested the ADVANCE Audit successfully

ADVANCE presented at the 17th World Congress on Municipal Engineering

September 2012

ADVANCE audit and certification scheme was presented during the 17th World Congress on Municipal Engineering, held in Helsinki, Finland from 4th to 7th June 2012. International Federation of Municipal Engineering organises the World Congress, which brings every three years together the global community of municipal engineering and design professionals.

In 2012, main theme of the congress was sustainable communities. It allowed a comprehensive exploration of all key elements of sustainable communities such as urban planning and municipal design as well as solutions for transportation and energy systems.
Multidisciplinary approach was chosen to promote new ideas and to broaden discussion. Practically and scientifically oriented professional presentations, interesting case studies and excursions together with fruitful discussions awaited all experts of municipal build environment - engineers, architects, administrators, contractors, operators, consultants, investors, researchers and students.
ADVANCE project was presented in Traffic Solutions section and related article was published in congress proceedings. By the attendance at the congress ADVANCE team disseminated project ideas and results among more than 400 participants from many European and other countries.

Contact: Dana Sitanyiova, University of Žilina

ADVANCE presented at the 17th World Congress on Municipal Engineering

First steps of ADVANCE audit in Malmö

August 2012

The City of Malmö, Sweden, is one out of two cities that is testing the prototype of the ADVANCE audit scheme. The final aim of the scheme is to detect room for improvement regarding planning processes and implementation of activities related to sustainable urban mobility.

The city of Malmö has been actively working with Mobility Management for more than ten years, and large travel surveys show that citizens chose to walk, ride the bicycle, and go by public transport more often today – a development that run in parallel with the efforts made by the city to increase sustainability in the transport system and peoples’ travel behavior. One of the most important strategic documents within the realm of mobility and transports to achieve targets on climate change, air quality, noise, and energy, is the Traffic Environment Programme 2012-2017 (which could be seen as something similar to a SUMP). In order to reach the newly adopted targets on less journeys made by car (at maximum 30 % of citizens’ travels made by car by 2030), the program points out the necessity of improving the SUMP for the city and transforming all strategies and targets into more concrete plans and guidelines. In this regard, ADVANCE will provide important and useful input for a working process which is foreseen to take around two years.

Within the ADVANCE project, an audit working group with representatives from different departments and the public transport authority has had a first meeting guided by an external auditor. Much emphasis was put on explaining the ADVANCE-project and the Audit Scheme. An evaluation questionnaire has been sent out to the group. The result will form a basis for the next steps of the audit process.

During the first meeting many questions were asked by the working group:
“How do we find the adequate limitation of the audit and evaluation process?”
“How will existing action programs and steering documents for sustainable transport (such as bicycle program, pedestrians program, public transport action programs) relate to the SUMP?”
“What is my role in this process? Why was I pointed out to be participant of the audit group?”
“Are there any thoughts yet about including any politicians in the audit process?”
“Am I supposed to fill in all questions – even though I might not know the answers?”

First steps of ADVANCE audit in Malmö

ADVANCE audit in Szczecin

July 2012

Since May 2012, the prototype ADVANCE Audit Scheme is tested in Szczecin, Poland. During the last two months, two working group meetings took place. 16 city representatives from different departments participated and discussed about opportunities to improve mobility planning in Szczecin.

The first meeting was aimed to introduce the project ADVANCE, the Audit Scheme as well as the responsible stakeholders. The main tool of the ADVANCE Audit is a questionnaire, which was passed to the participants of the meeting (e.g. the Director for Road Infrastructure Department, the Coordinator from Management Board of Paid Parking Zone, Director for Public Transport, representative of City Spatial Planning, Cycling Officer etc.)
The second meeting was used to discuss the results of the questionnaire.
At the moment, the auditor develops an action plan which will define measures that the City of Szczecin should implement in order to improve its sustainable mobility planning.

Contact: Zuzanna Klos, City of Szczecin

ADVANCE audit in Szczecin

ADVANCE audit in Sibiu

June 2012

Workshop about the development of the ADVANCE Audit Framework in Sibiu, Romania

The second ADVANCE workshop focused on the development of the ADVANCE Audit Framework. Ten partners from across Europe came together in Sibiu, Romania to work out the main backbones of the future ADVANCE Audit Scheme.

ADVANCE audit in Sibiu