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.

SHIFT+ indicators

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.


E1: Understanding users’ needs & public participation
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 1: Walking conditions
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


P1: Modal split
P2: Safety
P3: Local air quality
P4: Travel time
P5: GHG emissions

SHIFT+ framework

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.



Embark on a self-assessment by collating data and information from the relevant city departments and stakeholders in urban mobility. Using a set of indicators, analyse your performance and the situation in the city within a working group and score your agreed results. Upon completion of the assessment, you can proceed to the next stage and fix the gaps identified.


Ready to undergo an external audit? Submit your EcoMobility report and request for an audit from the EcoMobility team, who will appoint a certified auditor to visit your city and audit your self-assessment.


Based on the results of the assessment and audit, set priorities, targets, plans and actions with relevant stakeholders in urban mobility. Then, conduct a re-assessment in two years to revisit your city’s goals and policies for continuous improvement.

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