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…
Arnhem-Nijmegen City Region played virtual host to the POLIS 2020 Annual Conference. Innovation meets collaboration with impressive results...
The POLIS 2020 Annual Conference
The POLIS 2020 Annu...Read more
POLIS’ Balázs Németh speaks with László Fendrik, acting CEO of the BKK Centre for Budapest Transport, to find out how the city is preparing for new patterns of urban mobility
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How has Helmond come to play host to some of Europe's leading smart mobility innovation initiatives? Isobel Duxfield spoke to the city’s Matthieu Graindorge and Gert Blom to find out.
Home to the B...Read more
The complex challenges posed by climate change require equally innovative solutions. In an effort to spearhead zero and low emissions freight for last mile delivery, DPDgroup is establishing partnersh...Read more
Ricardo Poppeliers and Peter van Wijlick examine how North Limburg went above and beyond to bring together citizens and stakeholders across its eight municipalities for a truly successful SUMP.
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
Why are Zero Emission Zones for freight a priority? What problems do they solve and what benefits do they bring? POLIS' Giacomo Lozzi reports.
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The SUMP Award recognises the progress being made in urban mobility. This year’s winner, Brussels Capital Region, demonstrates how our cities and regions are creating SUMPs that develop into accessi...Read more
The Municipality of Örebro is finding new ways to set mobility targets and map out action for change. Per Elvingson finds out how computer modelling of a new rapid bus service is helping the POLIS me...Read more
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
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
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
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
How the Internet of Things can enable Public Transport in the pandemic era, by Harald Remmert.
Across the world and in industries as varied as factories and restaurants to commercial real e...Read more
One small trip for cities...
...one giant leap for Mobility as a Service. As digital technologies evolve, the opportunities for intelligent and integrated service provision are becoming ever mo...Read more
Shared micromobility services are more popular than ever. However, operators still face a number of challenges when it comes to local safety regulations. Alexandre Gauquelin, Sebastian Schlebusch and...Read more
Citizen-centric policymaking is a solution that helps to include every socio-economic, cultural or ethnic group in an urban environment, as Niklas Schmalholz and Pasquale Cancellara discover.
Baden-Württemberg is somewhat of a late mover in sustainable mobility. However, what it lacks in experience, the Region and federal State makes up for it in tough action. Christoph Erdmenger and Simo...Read more