Making urban mobility sustainable: in 4 steps

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Vision underpinning the plan

Former mobility policies and plans have been implemented in Huelva in the last decades, but no real restrictions were given to accessing the city centre by private car, nor motorized vehicles or other relevant measures to solve mobility issues have been implemented.
As a result, Huelva has worsened the city’s environmental conditions, and given scarce attention to land use. This SUMP has been created in order to control this trend and to try and solve the problems detected.

Long-term strategic objectives
  • Improve the urban environment
  • Improve road users’ safety and security
  • Integrate the urban, economic and mobility polices
  • Improve the energy efficiency in the urban transport
  • Promote clean, efficient and social responsible transport modes
  • Promote intermodality.
Mid-term goals
  • Define mobility policies in the municipality
  • Promote public transport in the city
  • Modify urban planning in terms of sustainable urban mobility
  • Implement measures of mobility demand management
  • Increase pedestrian zones.
Specific indicators
  • Reduction in fuel consumption
  • Reductions in CO2 equivalent, NOx, and PM 10 emissions
  • Investments connected to the SUMP
  • Reduction in road deaths and accidents
  • Reduction in number of trips in private vehicles
  • Increase in the number of trips with car-sharing
  • Reduction in the average frequency of public transport.
Main implementation features

Context analysis
In the context analysis, the SUMP recovered information about demographic, socioeconomic and population data, mobility reason, car, bike, public transport and pedestrian mobility information, transport infrastructures and demand and offers conditions of mobility. The data collection was developed though surveys and with primary data provided for the municipality staff.

Measures to secure horizontal and vertical integration and participation of all main stakeholders
To secure horizontal and vertical integration and participation of all main stakeholders the main partial parts of the SUMP were presented evenly to internal municipality staff, citizens in general and other relevant institutions, they can say about the process.

Measures to foster a balanced development of all means of transport
The main measures and actions chosen in the SUMP to support a balanced development of all transport modes were:

  • Create a traffic plan, modifying the vial distribution in favour of pedestrians
  • Reduce free parking zones in the centre
  • Improve public transport network
  • Promote car-sharing
  • Improve accessibility in the municipality
  • Create an effective plan about road safety and security
  • Improve the goods transport in the urban areas.

Other key points
Finally, worth mentioning the fast response and the good and coordinated work done by the municipality staff at all levels.

Know more

The municipality is very committed and it focuses its efforts on  improving the citizens’ and stakeholders involvement in urban planning processes and in the execution of the SUMP measures.

the city


Huelva, the capital of the southern region in Andalucía, is a coastal and maritime city overlooking the ocean, which lies between the Tinto and Odiel rivers.
The city experienced a population boom in the nineteenth century, due to the exploitation of mineral resources in the area, and another with the construction of the Polo de Desarrollo (development hub) in the 1960s.
The numerous places worth visiting in this city include the churches of La Concepción, San Pedro, the Nuestra Señora de la Merced cathedral and the sites connected to Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of America: the Columbus House and Monument.


Population: 81,000 inhabitants


(Picture by Joel Müller)