In Velenje, on October 13 and 14, 2022, as part of the 7th CIVINET Forum, a two-day workshop on the evaluation of sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMP) was held for about forty members of the CIVINET Slovenia-Croatia-SEE network from Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. At this workshop, in front of the Center for Environment, Tihomir Dakić, Igor Uletilović, and Dragan Kabić were present.
The workshop was led by Aljaž Plevnik from the Urban Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, and three topics were discussed: evaluation of SUMP, and evaluation of SUMP measures and processes.
The question arose whether sustainable mobility plans in the region are effective in achieving the set goals. During the work in the groups, it was concluded that it is not possible to talk about the effectiveness of the plans because there is no clear system and legal obligation for their monitoring. Most of the plans were created just for the sake of plans, instead of with the aim of improving the state of mobility in an individual spatial unit. In order for the plans to become more effective, it is necessary to set relevant indicators and the legislative framework and continuously monitor the entire process.
Speaking of measures, quiet traffic zones, expansion of pedestrian zones, city center entrance fees, a transformation of road space, and appropriate management of parking, which are mostly measures that do not involve significant funds, have proven to be effective.
Also, the program included the session “SUMP – practice that brings changes”.
The first such example was presented by Nela Halilović from IPoP – Institute for Spatial Policy and Katarina Ostruh from Velenje Municipality. Mojca Balant from the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia spoke about Slovenian experiences when developing a tool for assessing the quality of SUMP content. Mateo Uravić from the company Ernst&Young presented the process of creating the SUMP of the City of Zadar, while Ivan Nemet from the City of Križevac spoke about the opportunities and challenges faced by small towns when implementing the SUMP. Professors Marko Slavulj and Mario Ćosić presented the last example of the involvement and experience of the Faculty of Traffic Sciences from Zagreb in the preparation and creation of SUMP.
In addition to lectures and working in groups, the attendees had the opportunity to go on a field trip on electric bicycles and a Localc bus to Lake Velenje.