Flickr: Cristi Breban

Flickr: Cristi Breban

The Romanian town of Baia Sprie recently hosted a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) working group together with citizens to help develop the document in a transparent and participatory manner.

Mayor Dorin Paşca attended the session with residents, other local government officials, and stakeholders involved in the plan’s development.

The mayor emphasised that the success of the plan involved bringing together citizens and stakeholders, and co-ordinating policy between sectors, different levels of government and neighbouring authorities.

‘We wanted this plan not developed from an office in Bucharest or from another consultancy company in Romania, but to be a plan developed by a team who know the city of Baia Sprie,’ he said.

Baia Sprie’s SUMP outlines a strategic vision for developing sustainable urban mobility in the town, assessing transport availability and quality, intermodality, safety, and the environmental impact of transport.

The SUMP’s project manager, Maria Pop, presented data, photographs and tables related to the SUMP, and asked residents to fill out a related questionnaire on their desired improvements.

Some of the proposed measures in the SUMP include re-organising the flow of traffic to ease congestion, constructing bicycle lanes, and building an intermodal station in the old town centre.