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Cities and Regions for Sustainable Transport

“Urban regions are key drivers for national and global economies, and transport is essential for their success and development. Challenges such as congestion, air quality and changes in customer behaviour have no obvious route to resolution, they require innovation. New mobility services need to contribute to achieve overarching policy goals: reduce air pollution and congestion, address climate change or increase road safety. Through our new role as President of the Polis network, Manchester is committed to steer innovation towards problem solving, throughout Europe and beyond.”

Dr Jon Lamonte, Chief Executive at Transport for Greater Manchester, Polis President 2018

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Polis is a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport.

Since 1989, European local and regional authorities have been working together within Polis to promote sustainable mobility through the deployment of innovative transport solutions.

Our aim is to improve local transport through integrated strategies that address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of transport. To this end, Polis supports the exchange of experiences and the transfer of knowledge between European local and regional authorities. It also facilitates the dialogue between local and regional authorities and other actors of the sector such as industry, research centres and universities, and NGOs.

Polis fosters cooperation and partnerships across Europe with the aim of making research and innovation in transport accessible to cities and regions. The network and its secretariat actively support the participation of Polis members in European projects. Polis participation in European projects allows us to create a framework which facilitates dialogue and exchange between local authorities and the transport research community.

In Polis, decision makers are provided with the necessary information and tools for making sustainable mobility a reality. Within the Political Group of Polis, they formulate recommendations to the European institutions.

Four thematic pillars

The activities of Polis are organised around four thematic pillars:

Polis members meet regularly in working groups organised in the framework of these pillars.

The network is chaired by Manchester in 2018 and has a permanent secretariat located in Brussels.

Polis brochure

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