Urban mobility tools and knowledge

Urban mobility tools and knowledge

Ricardo provides a range of urban mobility tools and expertise. From informative web portals on SUMP implementation to EU-wide guidance on cycling infrastructure, Ricardo offers a breadth of information on sustainable mobility in cities.


Eltis is Europe's main online observatory on urban mobility, which facilitates the exchange of good practice between practitioners in transport and related disciplines, including urban and regional development, health, energy and environmental sciences to create cleaner and more sustainable cities.

Through regularly updating the portal, daily social media updates and the publication of a monthly e-newsletter, Ricardo and our team of European partners, ensure that users have access to the latest information on urban mobility.

Under three key themes – discover, resources, participate – Eltis provides best practice examples and tools necessary to enable cities to adopt models of sustainable urban mobility:

  • Discover - offers topical news stories, key facts, case studies and information on relevant EU legislation and policy.

  • Resources - includes tools, guides, videos, training materials and information on EU funding.

  • Participate - enables users to learn about industry-leading events and participate in discussions with fellow ‘Friends of Eltis’.

In addition, Eltis is the European Commission’s information hub for the provision of advice on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). Through offering detailed support on the SUMP concept and SUMP guidance and tools, Member state profiles and access to existing SUMPs via the city database, Eltis enables city planning authorities to effectively prepare for the transition towards sustainable mobility systems.

Cycling infrastructure guidance

DG MOVE commissioned Ricardo, along with partners TEPR and FGM-AMOR, to prepare guidance for cycling initiatives in the EU. The guidance aims to improve cycling conditions across the EU, through providing advice on the design and implementation of cycling measures, initiatives and supporting tools, with a particular focus on infrastructure.

In order to develop the guidance, Ricardo undertook an extensive literature review of existing cycling and infrastructure design guidance in the EU. This was complemented by the preparation of 20 city case studies focused on the implementation of cycling initiatives and measures. A series of interviews was undertaken with case study cities and authors of cycling guidance, alongside a stakeholder workshops and attendance at cycling events.
The resulting online guidance provides city-level practitioners with access to existing national, regional and city-level guidance and case studies showcasing cycling measures in a range of city types.

Urban access study

Commissioned by DG MOVE, Ricardo worked alongside Transporti e Territorio (TRT) to undertake a study on assessing and improving the accessibility of urban areas in Europe, making the transport system more resource efficient.

  • Ricardo and TRT undertook an extensive literature review and also undertook a programme of stakeholder engagement (associations, city networks, transport service providers, policy-makers, academics/think tanks), involving surveys, interviews a workshop and final seminar. This resulted in the following deliverables: A State-of-the-art review on understanding and assessing urban accessibility
  • ​An estimation of European urban congestion costs
  • An assessment of the relative efficiency of urban passengers

  • The development of best practice examples for increasing urban accessibility; and

  • Policy recommendations.

The study explored a number of issues related to current policy on accessibility, including: the need for a common definition of accessibility; limited financial resources for accessibility projects; and neglect of accessibility in other policy areas. Ricardo and TRT subsequently identified and recommended potential policy measures aimed at enhancing accessibility in urban areas at the EU, national and local level.