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Clean Vehicles Directive final talks – what does it mean for cities?

On Tuesday 11 February, the EU reached a provisional agreement on new rules for the public procurement of clean vehicles in the second trilogue of the Clean Vehicles Directive. The Directive sets out...
Read more 12/02/2019
PRESS RELEASE: Quality of life should be starting point of all urban mobility policies

PRESS RELEASE: Quality of life should be starting point of all urban mobility policies

MANCHESTER, 26 NOVEMBER 2018 - After two days of intense discussions on the latest transport innovations in cities and regions, Polis closed its 2018 Conference with a plenary session on the managemen...
Read more 26/11/2018

Record number of participants for 2018 Polis Conference

Let me thank all of you for making this year’s Annual Polis Conference a great success! With a record number of 550 participants, the 2018 Polis Conference in Manchester was the most popular edition...
Read more 26/11/2018

Polis kicks off 2018 Conference

On 22 November, Polis kicked off its 2018 Conference ‘Innovation in Transport for Sustainable Cities and Regions’ with a record number of 550 participants. The day before, Transport for Greater M...
Read more 23/11/2018

PRESS RELEASE: Small and Medium-Sized Cities (SMCs) Unite for Better Mobility

Stavanger, Norway, 26 September 2018 – Small and medium-sized cities (SMCs) no longer see themselves in the shadow of large metropolitan cities when it comes to transport innovation. Instead, SMCs i...
Read more 26/09/2018

Cycling is the urban transport mode associated with the greatest health benefits

A study carried out in seven European cities highlights the role of active transport in good mental health and self-perceived health....
Read more 13/08/2018

4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility – CSUM2018 – presentations available

The 4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility – CSUM2018 was held in Skiathos Island, Greece on 24 – 25 May 2018. The Conference focused on Data analytics: Paving the way to sustainable urban m...
Read more 03/08/2018

PRESS RELEASE: Urban Vehicle Access Regulations Require EU Stakeholder Dialogue

Brussels, 25 April 2018 - Representatives of European cities and automobile manufacturers call on the European Commission to continue to support the ongoing dialogue between all players involved in ur...
Read more 25/04/2018

EU Urban Freight Projects Find Common Ground

PRESS RELEASE: The four European CIVITAS research projects CITYLAB, NOVELOG, SUCCESS and U-Turn, are sharing their solutions for cleaner urban freight transport in Europe’s cities at a joint confere...
Read more 23/04/2018

How Cities across Europe Beat Road Congestion

PRESS RELEASE: Over 200 urban transport professionals gather in Brussels for two days to discuss how walking and cycling can help reduce congestion on urban roads.The EU co-funded CIVITAS TRACE and FL...
Read more 14/03/2018

Cities around the world cooperate to save lives

PRESS RELEASE: POLIS and the International Transport Forum’s “Safer City Streets” initiative cooperate for safer roads. The second joint workshop on 7 and 8 December brings cities from around th...
Read more 07/12/2017

Is urban transport disruption good or bad? Cities will decide

The public sector used to be the primary provider and contractor of local and regional transport services and data, but third parties - vehicle manufacturers, telecom companies, app developers - have...
Read more 07/12/2017

Regulating vehicle access is opening up cities

Access regulations help to manage mobility in cities. The Polis conference Opening Plenary session, titled Combat & Curb? Regulating access to city centres, focused on urban vehicle access regulations...
Read more 06/12/2017

European cities and automobile manufacturers kick off dialogue on Urban Vehicle Access Regulations

Brussels - Today representatives from European cities and automobile manufacturers came together for the first time in order to explore solutions to the challenges of increasing urban road traffic....
Read more 05/12/2017

Greater Manchester elected as new Polis president

PRESS RELEASE: At today’s Annual General Assembly, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) was unanimously elected to take the Presidency of Polis from Rotterdam. TfGM will chair the independent net...
Read more 05/12/2017

New Diesel testing Requirements for vehicles go into force as of 1st of September 2017

The European Commission has announced that as of 1 September 2017, new car models will have to pass new emissions tests that will be performed in real driving conditions ("Real Driving Emissions" –...
Read more 15/09/2017

London’s first dockless hire bike scheme launches

Whilst Transport for London's Santander Cycles scheme is expanding to Brixton, making cycling easier and more accessible, private operators have launched dockless bikes in some boroughs without the co...
Read more 19/07/2017

New edition of Thinking Cities magazine released

The 8th edition of Polis and H3B's joint magazine Thinking Cities has been released. Hot off the press, this 84 page-strong magazine was distributed at the Polis' Open Stage Café session on urban mob...
Read more 01/06/2017

Polis along with industry and NGOs call for urgent action on vehicle safety standards

PRESS RELEASE: Polis co-signed a letter that was sent to the European Commission yesterday, in which we call to urgently bring forward new minimum safety standards for new cars, vans and trucks, after...
Read more 24/05/2017

Polis and ‘Safer City Streets’ cooperate for safer roads

PRESS RELEASE: Cities from the Polis network and from the International Transport Forum’s ‘Safer City Streets’ network meet in Paris today. Local authorities from Europe and around the world wor...
Read more 21/04/2017

How can cities and regions turn barriers in long-term investments into future opportunities?

Cities and regions call the EU  institutions for flexibility when making long-term public investments in strategic public sectors. On 8 march 2017 the Urban Intergroup and the Long-term Investment an...
Read more 09/03/2017

Transport for London wins International Road Safety Award

In December, the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards were presented. ‘Safe Streets for London’ was awarded for making cycling, walking and motorcycling safer in London. A special awar...
Read more 05/01/2017

New National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive to enter into force on 31 December 2016

On 14 December 2016 the European Parliament and the Council have signed into law the new National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive which will enter into force on 31 December 2016....
Read more 15/12/2016

2016 Polis Conference calls for road automation to serve city and regional transport policy

PRESS RELEASE: 450 mobility professionals from across Europe and beyond have come together to debate on urban and regional mobility at this year’s Annual Polis Conference held in Rotterdam. Local an...
Read more 02/12/2016

450 urban transport stakeholders discussing innovation in Rotterdam

PRESS RELEASE: At yesterday’s Annual General Assembly, the city of Rotterdam was unanimously reelected to be the president of the Polis network for a second term in 2017. This morning, Rotterdam Vi...
Read more 01/12/2016

Call for Juncker to reverse decision to drop serious road injury target

About 40 organisations concerned with road safety from across Europe together with 11 members of the European Parliament have sent a letter to President Jean-Claude Juncker urging him to not drop sett...
Read more 10/06/2015

Polis, EMTA and IRU discuss coach transport in European cities

Polis and EMTA hosted a side event about cities and coach transport at the International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit. European cities such as Budapest and Amsterdam have developed strategies for coac...
Read more 02/06/2015

European Funds for Strategic Investment: Polis and UITP alliance to keep CEF and Horizon 2020 funds for innovation and transport

On April 8th, Polis and UITP sent an open letter to Members of the European Parliament in order to reject the reallocation of CEF and H2020 funds to the European Fund for Strategic Investment. Vote is...
Read more 09/04/2015

Midterm review on the White Paper on Transport: Polis position and EP Rapporteur draft report

The draft report from the European Parliament rappoteur has been published last week. The European Commission launched a consultation open to all stakeholders on this issue. Polis published its posit...
Read more 09/04/2015

New lorry safety restrictions in London to protect cyclists and pedestrians

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils have given the go-ahead for a London-wide ban on any lorry not fitted with safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians...
Read more 26/02/2015

Delivering improved interoperability of urban ITS

National/regional approaches to delivering urban ITS interoperability are more likely to succeed than a single European approach, owing to different institutional and market cultures. However, Europe...
Read more 09/01/2015

Health and transport planner experts meet to discuss active travel

In the framework of the European co-funded project SWITCH Travel, cities and experts met in Donastia San Sebastian, Spain, to discuss about how to promote active travel and increase physical activity....
Read more 09/12/2014
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