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Mobility Measure

Rethymno is upgrading its existing SUMP to combine the needs of visitors and residents, and to address the mobility challenges and the impact of tourist inflow on its transport system
SUMP integrating Tourist Mobility – SUMP Watch

Rethymno is enhancing its existing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, taking into account the city and the wider area, and combining the needs of visitors, residents, inter-regional mobility and public transport services. Rethymno is providing a holistic and innovative approach by bringing together local and regional stakeholders through capacity building events, consultations and workshops. Both tourists and citizens will profit from sustainable, affordable, secure and reliable means of transport and a healthier environment.

Implementing sustainable mobility

The existing SUMP partially addresses the needs of the city and its visitors. The upgraded SUMP for the Greater Rethymno area will integrate both tourists' and citizens’ needs, taking into account the seasonal fluctuations of tourists, their impact on transport infrastructure, the inter-regional mobility and the public transport services within the prefecture area. 

Rethymno’s SUMP aims to:

  • increase cycling, walking and use of PT, by reducing the use of private cars;
  • improvet accessibility, PT services and parking infrastructure in the city;
  • prompt behavioural change towards the use of more sustainable transport modes;
  • reduce fuel consumption, GHG emissions, traffic and noise;
  • improve the quality of life of residents and enhance tourists’ travel experience and create a more attractive urban environment, thereby making the city a sustainable tourism destination;
  • increase the cost-effectiveness of transport services;
  • contribute to economic growth and social development.

The main actions planned include:

  • A study which maps the seasonal fluctuations in transport patterns of both tourists and residents, traffic loads in the centre and main touristic attractions, seasonal traffic loads and mobility patterns, access modes, and parking sites.
  • A revised/improved SUMP, including studies for concrete action plans and restructure of public transport services.
  • Creating a SUMP observatory to coordinate monitoring mobility indicators, data collection and analysis for corrective actions and future SUMP improvements.
  • A local working group to contribute to decision making and support SUMP measures implementation. This will include a variety of stakeholders, policy makers and universities.
  • Public consultation events with citizens.
  • Capacity building workshops for local/regional stakeholders.

How did the measure progress?

The main activities implemented so far are:       

  • Data collection and analysis to define the current context in Rethymno Municipality and an assessment of existing SUMP and other strategic documents.
  • Engagement of local stakeholders and the municipal council.                                                      
  • Subcontracting the upgraded SUMP study to the Sustainable Mobility Unit- Research Committee of NTUA.
  • Field measurements for SUMP core indicators (traffic load counts, occupancy, turning counts) in 14 spots in Rethymno Municipality.
  • Needs and expectations analysis, including interviews with public transport users and questionnaires filled out by residents and tourists.
  • Identification of stakeholders and operation of the local working group. Initial consultation workshops with key stakeholders.
  • Definition of SUMP objectives and initial SUMP measures.
  • Development of the feasibility analysis and action plan per each measure identified in the SUMP (in progress).
  • Development of a strategic plan for road safety and accident prevention.
  • Two–stage consultation events and workshops with mobility and tourism stakeholders and other involved local/regional actors.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

The expected outcomes of the measure are:

  • Revised pioneering SUMP for Rethymno, which will be approved.
  • Mobility action plan, integrating residents' and visitors' needs and taking into account the seasonality. 
  • SUMP guidelines for other municipalities in the larger surrounding area.
  • Safe roads masterplan. Action plan of prevention measures.
  • Local working group in operation and CBW for public authorities, transport planners, transport operators and other key actors.
  • Citizen and stakeholder engagement through public consultation events.