The Karlsruhe SUMP is a framework plan for the development of Karlsruhe´s mobility system. It includes all modes of traffic, takes the urban structure and settlement development into account and gives consideration to environmental as well as urban compatibility. It ensures equal mobility opportunities for all population groups.
The city of Karlsruhe adopted its first Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan in 2012.
City of Karlsruhe, Urban Planning Department
The city of Karlsruhe adopted its first Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) in 2012. The Plan is one of the strategies within the Urban Development Concept 2020 and shows ways in which the city´s objectives for developing sustainable mobility can be implemented whilst also safeguarding economic development.
The Karlsruhe SUMP is a framework plan for developing Karlsruhe´s mobility system in the next 10 to 15 years (from 2012). The Plan
• includes all modes of traffic,
• takes the urban structure and settlement development into account,
• gives consideration to environmental and urban compatibility,
• and ensures equal mobility opportunities for all population groups.
The SUMP sets out objectives and specifies implementation measures for basic networks and pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, public transport, and individual motorized transport.
The drafting of the SUMP was designed as a process: the content of each module was drafted by engaging with city committees, specialists within the administration and relevant stakeholders.
Representative participation was secured by a broad and varied approach.
Firstly, a forum was set up to include selected stakeholders representing all of the relevant groups and institutions throughout the city. These included:
• initiatives, environmental organizations and stakeholders,
• transport associations and transport users,
• major employers,
• traffic and transport services,
• the city region and Land Baden-Württemberg.
Secondly, a citizen´s workshop was hosted. The event informed the public about the current status of the process and provide an opportunity for them respond with their own input. Finally, the information and participation offer included a public event and an online presence.
The process of developing the framework plan was divided into several steps:
• The current traffic demand and relevant framework conditions were recorded and evaluated in an analysis of the traffic systems and networks, transport-specific infrastructure facilities, and the quality of traffic management.
• The process of defining objectives and discussing guidelines for future mobility development in the city of Karlsruhe was engaged from the outset.
• Scenarios and an impact analysis were drafted in order to identify the range of effects arising from different objectives.
• This discussion of objectives and scenarios prepared the ground for identifying essential fields of action for mobility development planning. Initially, individual plans were developed for each field of action. These individual plans were then harmonized and summarized to form an integrated action plan with over 120 single measures and strategies.
Finally an assessment of the action plan´s environmental aspects was carried out.
The Karlsruhe SUMP must be monitored every two years. A monitoring report was completed in 2014 and 2016. The report lists all the measures within the integrated action plan and details the status of their implementation. Each monitoring report is reviewed by Karlsruhe City Council. Both reports are published online.