NOVELOG project implemented common planning procedures in a variety of cities using same methods and planning supporting tools which were developed by the project and
were made available to the cities.
The SUMP development cycle remains valid when considering plan formulation for city logistics. However, it is recognized that some of these steps are difficult to be
performed for Urban Freight Transport due to lack of knowledge and access to information, limited capacity of Local authorities and high problem complexity caused by the
multiple industrial stakeholders and their fragmented operational environment. In this context and depending of the process difficulty it was found necessary to change the
content of a step, merge or skip steps and provide set of methods and techniques for supporting planning process step implementation.
In the following Figure the adapted for city logistics SUMP planning cycle is presented, as concluded by NOVELOG activities. The proposed changes concern Phase I and II of
the well-known ELTIS cycle since the approach was focused on alleviating obstacles of the process and facilitate local authorities in integrating UFT measures in the city’s SUMP.
Therefore, the proposed by the project techniques methods and tools concern the first six steps of the typical SUMP process.
It is recommended that the SULP process is implemented separately of the SUMP procedure and it starts after the definition of the overall sustainable mobility vision of the city.
In this way the city approach for sustainable distribution and service trips that will result from the SULP development process will be in line to SUMP vision and will focus on
serving the general objectives set for the city sustainability.
Guidelines for each SULP Step
The first six steps of a SULP process listed below and presented in the abovementioned Figure should be followed.
Step 1: Determination of the city’s potential for a successful urban freight planning process.
Step 2: Definition of the development process and scope of the plan.
Step 3: Analysis of the city’s current UFT situation
Step 4: Development of a common vision & future improvement scenarios
Step 5: Setting priorities and measurable targets
Step 6: Development of effective package of measures