Polis facilitates dialogue between cities and regions and new mobility service providers

The meeting focused on new mobility services, such as dockless bike sharing, e-scooter sharing, car sharing and ride hailing. The meeting addressed three important aspects feeding into the governance of local mobility innovation: regulation, data and urban space management.

Participants heard about the US experiences, where the deployment of such services is more advanced and related challenges have emerged, while international innovation experts set the scene and highlighted the issues at stake.

The meeting also serves as an opportunity for Polis to present its ongoing policy work in the field and for cities to update their peers on recent legislation changes and frameworks to regulate these new services. Madrid presented their new bylaws and the transport authority’s MaaS project, while Brussels Capital Region explained the reasoning behind their new and welcoming legislation for shared mobility services. Aarhus and Leuven provided the perspective of medium sized cities, taking a proactive approach in integration, management and use of shared mobility.

The meeting encouraged an open dialogue with ride hailing, ride sharing, e-scooter and bike-sharing providers, who bring forward examples of regulatory approaches and partnerships that they consider recommendable based on the envisaged contribution of their service to the city’s urban mobility system.

Polis believes that such exchanges can lead to a better understanding of city needs and challenges, barriers as well as regulatory requirements to integrate public and private mobility services into a more sustainable urban mobility systems for our cities.

Finally, the ongoing revision of the European SUMP guidelines was an opportunity to mainstream strategic thinking of new mobility service integration into the planning process.


Luana Bidasca, Policy & project Manager, Coordinator of the Governance and Integration Working Group,