Strengthening mobility governance

In many MobiliseYourCity member cities, urban mobility governance frameworks suffer incoherencies and lack of adequate resources, which in return, hampers the proper delivery of urban mobility services. For example, in some cities, the mandate on urban mobility is scattered between several different institutions over the metropolitan area leading to uncoordinated mobility services in each geographical area. A frequent case is also a distribution of mandate over the various transport modes, with no proper coordination between the institutions in charge of the various modes, for example typically with one authority in charge of the road network and another authority in charge of public transport. Lack of coordination can also happen between the institutions in charge of regulation and infrastructure implementation on one hand and operation on the other hand. Lastly, the lack of financial and human resources in the institutions in charge of urban mobility is often another important hamper to the proper delivery of urban mobility services. This can especially be the case at the local/city level when a devolution process is not or is insufficiently implemented.  

As Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) focus on the functional urban area, they can provide valuable insights into ongoing or future decentralisation processes and inform the establishment or improvement of local and metropolitan transport and mobility institutions, while building local capacities throughout the process.

In 2021 MobiliseYourCity has made the strengthening of mobility governance one of its priorities. This has led to the development of a Governance Toolkit (publication pending) and multiple projects with a strong focus on governance framework strengthening. 


Examples of governance support projects:

With funding from AFD, our partner CODATU has provided targeted support on governance to the following cities: