Thinking Cities magazine #15
25/01/2021

Thinking Cities magazine #15

Thinking Cities #15 was launched online in occasion of the 2020 Annual POLIS Conference and in reflection of the events related to the COVID-19 crisis.

Titled “ONWARDS and UPWARDS”, the new Thinking Cities issue investigates the ongoing adaptation to new mobility challenges that cities have undergone since the pandemic; showcasing some of the pioneering efforts being established by POLIS members, and others, in low carbon transit, road safety, inclusion, public-private partnerships and more.

This issue complemented POLIS' conference, providing a taster of how our members and partners have been pioneering long term sustainable mobility. From Arnhem-Nijmegen, the Annual Conference’s virtual co-host, whose fast cycle networks have become a model for multimodality, to Helmond, a living lab for cutting-edge road safety technology. We also hear from several of our conference sponsors, DPD, Dott and Uber, three very different operators, but all pursing exciting sustainability agendas; as well as how POLIS’ working groups have been expanding conversations around gender and inclusivity in public transport.

“ONWARDS and UPWARDS” features articles from cities and regions across Europe and beyond, including Amsterdam, Arnhem-Nijmegen, Baden-Württemberg, Basel, Bern, Brussels, Budapest, Catalonia, Dublin, Groningen, Helmond, Jerusalem, Kaunas, Leuven, Limburg, Madrid, Occitania, Örebro, Wrocław and Zurich.

In a year which has turned all our lives upside down, inside out and back to front, our cities and regions have proved their resilience and are showing how extraordinarily adaptable they can be in the most trying of circumstances. As we (finally) begin to see the light at the end of what has been a long tunnel, we must rebuild our mobility with long-term sustainability goals front and centre. We can do it, but there is not a moment to lose…

Karen Vancluysen, POLIS Secretary General

Read Thinking Cities #15 'ONWARDS and UPWARDS' HERE!

Getting tough on transport: Baden-Württemberg

Getting tough on transport: Baden-Württemberg

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Co-creating: SUNRISE project shines the way

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The end of free floating?

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That Leuven Feeling

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A New Philosophy: Amsterdam’s proactive traffic management

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An Electric Agenda: Uber’s sustainability drive

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A Moving Story: The internet of things

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The Electric City: Madrid’s automated future

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Sergio Fernández Balaguer explains how POLIS member, Madrid is gearing itself up for an automated future. The last decade has seen exciting developments in autonomous vehicle technology. F...Read more
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Harmonise to overcome hardship: The role of UVARs

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Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs) have made significant progress in combatting pollution in cities and regions. POLIS’ Niklas Schmalholz assesses how UVARs can coordinate sustainable mobility...Read more
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Busting Borders: Catalonia and Occitania promote cross-border cooperation

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At its core, the European Union is an operation that unites its Member States. However, this integration is more than metaphorical roads and bridges; public transport networks are a crucial link betwe...Read more
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Gender Mainstreaming: Creating inclusive mobility

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In an attempt to secure a practical working definition of the term, POLIS’ Isobel Duxfield examines the shape that gender mainstreaming may take in women’s safety and security on public transport....Read more
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Sign Language: Dublin revitalises wayfinding

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What happens when a city’s road signs are no longer fit for purpose? Colm Ennis examines POLIS member, Dublin City’s endeavour to replace over 300 bilingual signs on its Inner and Outer Orbital Ro...Read more
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Invest in the Future: Örebro’s mobility models

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Delivering Happiness: Groningen’s clean traffic management

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Jeroen Berends and Sjouke van der Vlugt, Policy Officers in Urban Planning at the Municipality of Groningen, spoke to Niels Keissen about how the inner city of Groningen can remain safe, clean and att...Read more
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Limburg’s SUMPs: The next generation

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Special Delivery: DPDgroup develops low emissions freight solutions

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Coach and the city

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Helmond: The city that puts road safety first

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Pattern Recognition: Budapest’s new urban mobility

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