The Arnhem Nijmegen City Region- and virtual host of the 2020 Annual POLIS Conference, is a large metropolitan area in the east of the Netherlands.
Consisting of 19 municipalities, its aim is to promote regional cooperation to ensure it remains attractive, easily accessible with a strong competitive position worldwide.
Cycling is one of the region's policy priorities, that's why the region has been selected to host the 2017 Velo-city Conference. Moreover, the city of Nijmegen is National Cycle City 2016 and has won the European Green Capital Award 2018. In addition, the region is increasingly developing activities and innovations in the field of e-mobility.
The region has focused intently on sustainable commuter travel over the last several years, with campaigns such as 'SLIMspitsen' which was started to encourage people to travel outside of rush hour or opt for bicycle, ebike or public transport- instead of the car. In recent years they have built several fast cycle routes, such as those between Arnhem and Nijmegen (RijnWaalpad) and between Beuningen and Nijmegen: supporting cooperation with surrounding provinces and municipalities and to facilitate faster, safer and more comfortable cycling.
eHUBs have also proved an effective way of encouraging active travel in the region- supporting shared and electric mobility to foster cleaner, shared and more sustainable transport.
Sustainable freight is also high on the agenda. The region is a hotspot for (international) logistics and sustainable mobility solutions, situated between the European hinterland and Netherlands’ two most important mobility and shipping hotspots: Schiphol and Rotterdam. One of the ambitions of the Arnhem-Nijmegen City Region is to make 'zero emission' inland shipping happen, so that the Region’s action will translate into climate neutrality by 2050.
Arnhem Nijmegen is incredibly active in EU funded projects, and has been involved in E-BUS 2020, LNG pilots on the Rhine and Waal rivers, CLINSH, H2 Nodes (Arnhem hydrogen tanking facilities), E-FACTS (Electric Vehicles For Alternative Transport Systems), CHIPS, Climate Active Neighbourhoods and Velo-city 2017 Conference.