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Polis cities exchange experience on active travel and road safety

09 May 2019

Sixteen cities and regions met on Wednesday 8 May in Brussels to exchange about their experience and problems with active travel modes as well as new shared mobility services. The Polis Working Group meeting was held during this week's UN Global Road Safety Week.

The meeting brought together two Polis Working Groups, on active travel and on road safety. Among others, walkability and the use of a walkability index by cities was be discussed, and which insights the index reveals. The cities also exchange about their approaches to new shared mobility services and discussed their experience to exploit the benefits of bikesharing and e-scooters.

Kkey questions of the day were:

  • Will the benefits of physical activity of modal shift be lost with new mobility services?
  • Micromobility & MaaS versus road safety & public space
  • Are e-scooters and other new mobility services a safety concern?
  • DiscussionModal shift and road safety: two sides of the same coin
  • How can the EU help to improve urban road safety?

Polis Working Group meetings are only open to Polis members and invited experts.

The meeting was conclude with an social evening event: In the presence of Brussels' Mobility Minister Pascal Smet and the European Coordinator for Road Safety, Matthew Baldwin of the European Commission, a documentary on cycling was screened at a local cinema. The evening event explored why people choose to get around by bike.

“Cities such as Brussels should drastically redistribute public space: from a city for cars towards a city for people and cycling. Therefore, urban cycling should be made easy and sexy”, said Pascal Smet, Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Brussels Capital Region.


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