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Air quality

Air quality

Transport is a major cause of air pollution. The reduction of transport emissions is one of the key objectives of the European Commission, as set out in the Transport White Paper and in the 2030 clima...
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Automated Vehicles

Automated Vehicles

Automated vehicles are driverless vehicles, generally operating in collective mode (like public transport). There are various types of automated systems, including Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), Group...
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Data

Data

As the key to many transport functions, data is collected, processed, disseminated (as travel information) and purchased (from third parties) by local authorities. Historical, static or real-time data...
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Decarbonisation

Decarbonisation

Cities are currently faced with unprecedented amounts of particulate matter and other harmful emissions. Transport, and particularly road transport, is responsible for almost a quarter of Europe's gre...
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Electromobility and alternative fuels

Electromobility and alternative fuels

The deployment of clean and alternative fuels is paramount for the reduction of the negative impacts of transport. Clean and alternative fuels such as biofuels, hydrogen, natural gas and electricity c...
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Financing

Financing

Ideas and plans can only be implemented if they can be financed. Polis members explore new financing and business models to build infrastructure and provide mobility services. But there is more: th...
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Health impacts of transport

Health impacts of transport

The way people and goods move in urban areas has a significant impact on our health. Active transport modes such as walking and cycling have a major impact in reducing the incidence of health problems...
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Infrastructure

Infrastructure

An integrated and accessible transport network is essential for the social and economic development of cities and regions. A well-functioning transport infrastructure allows people and goods to travel...
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Innovation & Disruption

Innovation & Disruption

The urban mobility landscape is evolving rapidly. As new actors and new modes of transport enter the mobility market, citizens can rely on a wider range of options to satisfy their mobility needs. At...
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Intelligent, connected and cooperative transport systems

Intelligent, connected and cooperative transport systems

Cooperative ITS refers to communication between ‘ITS objects’, which may be vehicles, infrastructure (signal controller, traffic control centre), smartphones or some other device. The last 10 yea...
Read more 16/03/2017
Intelligent, connected and cooperative transport systems

Intelligent, connected and cooperative transport systems

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) apply Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to transport. ITS allows local and regional authorities to manage more efficiently and safely the transport n...
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Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is a transport concept based on the combination of different transport services into one single mobile platform. Although MaaS schemes are not yet widely popular across Eu...
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Mobility management and campaigns

Mobility management and campaigns

Mobility Management (MM) is a concept to promote sustainable transport by including and manage the demand for car use by changing travellers' attitudes and behaviour. At the core of Mobility Managemen...
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New and shared mobility services

New and shared mobility services

New mobility services and business models are profoundly changing urban transport. New types of services are emerging to better serve citizens’ mobility needs in our increasingly populated and pollu...
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Noise

Noise

Noise pollution is a major environmental health problem that can cause serious mental and physical problems in urban areas. According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), road traffic is the main...
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Parking

Parking

Good parking management has shown to be a game changer in cities, playing a pivotal role in the revitalisation of urban areas. Effective parking policies lead to a more efficient use of private cars b...
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Procurement

Procurement

In urban areas, a large share of motorised vehicle trips is performed to transport goods and to provide public services. This has a significant impact on traffic, road congestion, air and noise pollut...
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Public transport

Public transport

Public transport is the backbone of the city. The role of public transport in making mobility in cities and regions more sustainable is largely known. Offering people an alternative to private vehicle...
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Public-private partnerships

Public-private partnerships

The way passenger and freight transport services are provided has changed greatly over the past few decades. New mobility services have emerged. Information and communication technologies have made tr...
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Regulatory frameworks

Regulatory frameworks

Regulatory frameworks determine the way in which transport services are designed, planned and provided. But as urban mobility is evolving with new actors entering the market, the role of local authori...
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Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation

POLIS fosters cooperation and partnerships across Europe and with the EU, to make transport research and innovation more accessible to cities and regions. POLIS is a member of the European Road Transp...
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Road safety

Road safety

Unprotected or vulnerable road users (VRUs) constitute 68% of road fatalities in urban areas. This category includes pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and people with disabilities or reduced mobili...
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Security
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Smart cities

Smart cities

The “smart city” concept is far more than just a buzzword. Today, the interdependencies between sectors such as transport, energy, urban planning, environment, and health are stronger and more rel...
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Social inclusion

Social inclusion

With the ageing of population and the challenges related to poverty and migration, the social aspect of transport has become increasingly more important. To properly serve the mobility needs of the mo...
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Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) allows to incorporate all modes of transport into a single integrated and multimodal strategic planning approach for the mobility of people and goods, taking a...
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Traffic management

Traffic management

Traffic management measures are aimed at improving the safe and efficient flow of traffic. Traditionally, traffic management has focused on optimising the throughput of vehicles at intersections. This...
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Urban freight

Urban freight

Commercial vehicle movements are necessary to deliver goods and services. However, such movements can have negative impacts in terms of emissions, noise and traffic.. Local authorities engage with...
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Urban space management

Urban space management

The ultimate scarce product in urban mobility is urban space. The way urban space is distributed and designed has a major impact on the way people and goods move in the city. In their effort to tackle...
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Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs)

Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs)

Cities are taking action for clean air, more space for walking and cycling, less congestion etc.. Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (or UVARs), which regulate vehicular access to urban infrastructure,...
Read more 07/06/2019
Walking & Cycling

Walking & Cycling

Walking is the only universal mode: everyone walks, regardless of their age, gender, and social status. Walking is also the absolute oldest way to travel from one place to another. It has been the fir...
Read more 07/06/2019