EcoMobility SHIFT+ Scheme
The EcoMobility SHIFT+ scheme or the SHIFT+ scheme is a total quality management scheme that allows cities to access their mobility performance, establish a path of continuous improvement; analyse performance; and act to improve.
The original EcoMobility SHIFT+ was developed in 2013 specifically for European cities. This EcoMobility SHIFT+ is an updated scheme catering for developed and developing cities.
The SHIFT+ assessment is based on 23 indicators, which are grouped into three main categories: “enablers, “transport systems and services”, and “performance”. The three areas measure various qualitative and quantitative aspects such as the political will, understanding the users needs, length of bicycle lanes, pedestrian infrastructure, amount of public transport available for people, low carbon vehicles, modal split and air quality to name a few. The indicators can be seen in the image below.
E2: Vision, strategy and leadership
E3: Human resources
E4: Finance for ecomobility
E5: Monitoring, evaluation, review
E6: Preparedness for the future of mobility
Transport Systems and Services
TSS 2: Cycling conditions
TSS 3: Public transport usability and reliability
TSS 4: Accessibility
TSS 5: Shared mobility services
TSS 6: Engagement with informal mobility
TSS 7: Intermodal integration and information services
TSS 8: Ecologistics
TSS 9: Low emission vehicles
TSS 10: Planning of city areas
TSS 11: Parking
TSS 12: Low-speed/ car-free zones
P3: Local air quality
P4: Travel time
P5: GHG emissions
When you want to successfully formulate and implement a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) you will need to embark on a situational analysis.
The SHIFT+ methodology following an iterative process that enables a city to establish a base line and re-assess the situation after a project is implemented. An external auditor inspects the final result a city has secured and will certify the city.
The entire SHIFT+ can be easily completed by a city intending to undergo the SHIFT+ process. In addition, a city may also request external technical support from a qualified transport expert who will act as an advisor for the city throughout the SHIFT+ process. The advisor shall support the city in creating a working group, measuring the indicators and also suggesting actions that will enable the city to increase the performance of urban mobility. The advisor can also support the city in creating an urban mobility plan. The advisor cannot act as the auditor for a city that they have provided technical advise. This is to ensure the quality of the SHIFT+ result and maintain the authenticity of the result.