SMMR Capacity Building Programme – ASI.SUM

SMMR has developed a 9-module Sustainable Urban Mobility capacity-building programme around the Avoid-Shift-Improve framework. The programme is called ‘ASI.SUM’, which stands for Avoid-Shift-ImproveSustainable Urban Mobility. SMMR has delivered ASI.SUM training to over 300 transport officers in the ASEAN region.

ASI.SUM Programme Design

The programme is designed to teach international best practices to national and local governments in ASEAN. SMMR tailors each module to the focus region.

Focus Regions are to select their priority modules based on a needs assessment. SMMR can also deliver stand-alone modules upon request

Each training module includes an interactive component to engage participants. This involves identifying local challenges, and through practical exercises, and ideating potential solutions using on the tools and concepts introduced during the training.

ASI.SUM has proven to be instrumental in developing strong relationships with focus regions and as a means for identifying and ideating potential pilot projects.

To date, SMMR has delivered complete training cycles, comprising at least 5 modules in Cambodia (see brochure), The Philippines (see brochure), and Lao PDR. SMMR has also delivered individual modules in Malaysia and Thailand.

ASI.SUM Cambodia Edition

In 2023 SMMR developed and delivered an ASI.SUM training cycle to the Cambodian Techo Sen Institute of Public Works and Transport (TSIPWT). The curriculum comprised 5 lectures and a variety of interactive and in-field data collection exercises. Please view the following document for a comprehensive overview of the training programme.

Lecture 1 – Introduction to Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUM)
Lecture 2 – Introduction to Transit Oriented Development Fundamentals (TOD)
Lecture 3 – Introduction to Non-Motorised Transport (NMT)
Lecture 4 – Data measurement and management (DATA)
▸ Lecture 5 – Fundamentals of Electric Mobility (EV)
coming soon

Below, each lecture is accompanied by a video recording, a PDF of the associated presentation material, and additional resources to support your continued learning. These materials are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the topics discussed and facilitate further exploration of the subject matter.

Lecture 1 – Introduction to Sustainable Urban Mobility

In this lecture with Conrad Richardson, we explore the fundamental concepts and principles of Sustainable Urban Mobility. We will delve into the AVOID-SHIFT-IMPROVE framework, which outlines strategies for reducing travel needs, promoting sustainable transport modes, and enhancing the efficiency of transportation systems. Additionally, we will examine the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) process, a strategic approach to developing long-term, resilient, and eco-friendly urban transportation plans.

▸ Lecturer: Conrad Richardson
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  • 00:48 – Introduction to the ASI.SUM lecture series
  • 03:17 – Introduction to the SMMR project
  • 05:52 – What is Urban?
  • 10:32 –  What is Mobility
  • 31:33 – SUM – What is Sustainability?
  • 34:44 – Smart Cities. A Solution?
  • 39:30 – Introduction to Avoid-Shift-Improve (ASI)
  • 44:28 – The 8 principles of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP)
  • 52:12 – Predict and Provide vs SUMP
  • 54:46 – Conclusion

Additional resources

  • ASEAN Guidelines on Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (PDF link) – Developed by the SMMR project for ASEAN
  • EU Guidelines for developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (PDF link) – EU Horizon 2020

Lecture 2 – Introduction to Transit Oriented Development

In this lecture with Sovan Sieng introduced the concept of Transit Oriented Development.

▸ Lecturer: Sovan Sieng
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  • 00:00 – Lecture content
  • 01:25 – Urbanisation trends
  • 07:50 – What is TOD?
  • 15:10 – 8 Principles of TOD
  • 24:42 – TOD levels: City, Corridor, Station
  • 28:42 – TOD at the city level
  • 32:46 – TOD at the corridor and station level
  • 37:12 – Drafting a TOD plan
  • 38:42 – Foundations of corridor-level planning
  • 44:46 – Strategising TOD at the station area level
  • 46:25 – Using the 3V framework: Node, Place, Market
  • 52:00 – Refining station area boundaries
  • 58:34 – TOD SWOT analysis
  • 01:06:32 – Conclusion


  • ITDP Transit Oriented Development Standard (PDF link) – Developed by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
  • Transit Oriented Development Implementation Resources and Tools (PDF link) – Developed by the Work Bank

Lecture 3 – Introduction to Non Motorised Transport (NMT)

This lecture with Conrad Richardson on Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) begins by defining NMT and explaining its importance for reducing traffic congestion and pollution while enhancing public health. It outlines the learning outcomes and then contextualises NMT within Cambodia. The lecture progresses to explain the concept of streets and complete streets, emphasising safety, walking, and crossing designs. It also covers the design of networks and street blocks, ensuring accessibility and inclusivity, and the importance of public spaces. The session concludes with a case study on Taipei’s street vendors and public space designs.

▸ Lecturer: Conrad Richardson
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  • 00:16 – What is NMT and Why is it important?
  • 04:10 – Learning outcomes
  • 07:36 – Cambodian context
  • 17:01 – What is a street?
  • 21:20 – Complete streets
  • 22:57 – Safety design
  • 30:51 – Walking design
  • 37:44 – Crossing design
  • 43:07 – Network & Street Block design
  • 47:35 – Accessibility & Inclusivity design
  • 49:45 – Public space design
  • 54:30 – Street vendor design
  • 55:51 – Taipei case study

Reference material

  • Video – Introduction to Non-Motorised Transport in The Philippines – lecturer Conrad Richardson
  • Video – Transforming Streets using Tactical Urbanism
  • PDF – Global Street Design Guide (GDCI)  

Lecture 4 – Data Measurement & Management for Sustainable Mobility

The lecture by Conrad Richardson on “Transport Data Fundamentals for Sustainable Mobility” covers a comprehensive range of topics. It starts with the importance of measuring data to manage transportation effectively and outlines five key learning outcomes. It delves into the basics of transport data, addresses data gaps in emerging cities, and discusses both supply and demand data for transport planning. The lecture also explores transport modeling, traffic engineering data measurement, simulation techniques, real-time data for transport operations, intelligent transport systems, and traffic control centers, concluding with insights on sustainable mobility practices.

▸ Lecturer: Conrad Richardson
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  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:28 – What gets Measured gets Managed
  • 02:54 – 5 Learning Outcomes
  • 11:21 – Fundamentals of Transport Data
  • 21:15 – Emerging Cities & Data Gaps
  • 32:03 – Transport Planning Data
  • 32:56 – Supply Data for Transport Planning
  • 37:34 – Demand Data for Transport Planning
  • 48:00 – Modelling Transport Planning Data
  • 56:22 – Traffic Engineering Data measurement
  • 01:01:54 –  Simulating Traffic Engineering Data
  • 01:14:24 – Simulating Pedestrians
  • 01:18:30 – Transport Operations: Real-time Data
  • 01:20:00 – Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
  • 01:30:06 – Traffic Control Centers (TCC)
  • 01:40:47 – Conclusion

Reference Material

  • Video – UN-Habitat: Cambodia Smart City Orientation – Conrad Richardson
  • PDF – PTV Group: A quick guide to Transport Modelling

Lecture 5 – Introduction to Light Electric Mobility

Video coming soon.

Reference Material

  • Video – A case for Light Electric Mobility – ADB Webinar series – talk by Conrad Richardson
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