Amsterdam wins Thinking Cities Award


GOTHENBURG, 3 December 2021 – Amsterdam received the Thinking Cities award for its leading activities in the field of data sharing, shared mobility, and Mobility as a Service.

The Thinking Cities Award is an annual prize putting the spotlight on local and regional authorities solving an urban mobility challenge through innovation. A delegation from the City of Amsterdam collected the prize during the closing plenary of the POLIS Conference 2021.

The City of Amsterdam is pioneering and innovating on multiple fronts and presented several of its leading initiatives at POLIS Conference.

In a session on ‘the recipe for MaaS’, Daan van der Tas presented how Amsterdam is preserving societal values in the Mobility as a Service ecosystem. Sarah Kumeta and Diederik Basta shared how Amsterdam is rolling out green mobility hubs – or ‘e-HUBs’ – to integrate several shared mobility services in the local transport ecosystem.

The city of Amsterdam has also led a group of Dutch cities in the development of a city data standard for mobility, leading the way in the establishment of a common data sharing approach to facilitate the cooperation between local authorities and private mobility operators.

These key innovations are in line with the city’s leadership role in the fight against air pollution, the roll-out of electromobility services, and in the transition towards climate-neutrality.

The Thinking Cities Award also recognises the Amsterdam’s generous involvement in POLIS' networking and knowledge-sharing activities in the past year.

Daan van der Tas, Project Leader for Mobility as a Service at the City of Amsterdam, said: "We appreciate this award as we have a large team working on innovation and smart mobility, and these projects are the result of a collective effort. We  believe we can help everyone forward especially in the field of innovative mobility, as in a joint movement of local governments. This is the reason why we have been investing and pushing in topics such as data sharing, MaaS and mobility hubs, and we have been discussing these with other cities that could benefit from them."

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Note to editors

The Thinking Cities Award is handed out each year at the POLIS Annual Conference to a city or region that is tackling urban mobility challenges through innovation. This year, the award was sponsored by Voi.

Thinking Cities is a biannual magazine published in partnership between POLIS and H3B Media. The latest issue of Thinking Cities - 'The Inclusive City' - was launched on the first day of the POLIS Conference. Read it here.


Francesco Ripa, Communications Manager,