Working groups

Polis members meet regularly in working groups to exchange best practices and share knowledge on sustainable urban mobility.

Working Group meetings are open to Polis members only. However, external experts may be invited to attend as appropriate. Click on each Working Group page to know more about their activities, past upcoming meetings and related documents.

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ACTIVE TRAVEL & HEALTH

The Working Group on Active Travel and Health looks at the impact that urban and regional transport has on the environment and on health. Within this working group, Polis members regularly exchange on air and noise pollution from transport, walking and cycling, climate change, shared mobility services such as bike sharing, and mobility management.

Contact person: Florinda Boschetti

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CLEAN VEHICLES & AIR QUALITY

Polis members share best practices and exchange knowledge on reducing transport-related emissions and accelerating the take up of clean vehicles within the Working Group on Clean Vehicles & Air Quality. In this working group, cities and regions regularly discuss aspects related to the deployment of alternatives to fossil-fuelled mobility, the measurement of vehicles’ emissions and the impacts of limiting or banning conventionally fuelled cars in urban areas.

Contact person: Thomas Mourey

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TRAFFIC EFFICIENCY

The Traffic Efficiency Working Group addresses the broad subject of multimodal network management from both a strategic and technical perspective, with a focus on ITS and its role in helping cities deliver their policy goals. Other key topics discussed include data (open data, data sharing, data analytics and interoperability), MaaS, cooperative-ITS, vehicle automation and strategies to optimise road space for all modes.

Contact person: Suzanne Hoadley

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PARKING

A joint initiative of Polis and the European Parking Association, the Parking Working Group brings members of both organisations together to discuss challenges related to urban parking policies. Within the Working Group on Parking, Polis and EPA members discuss topics such as the relation between parking and urban development, opportunities of digital technologies applied to parking management, the role of parking in supporting new urban mobility lifestyles and designing parking solutions that enable future innovations.

Contact person: Ivo Cré

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ACCESS

Within the Working Group on Access, Polis members jointly work on how to best address challenges such as access regulations, pricing, infrastructure, and accessibility for all. The development of inclusive transport services, being public or private, is key in this regard. The working group looks at both economic and social access, including access to transport services for people with reduced mobility, access to jobs, education and other services.

Contact person: Ivo Cré

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ROAD SAFETY & SECURITY

The Polis Working Group on Road Safety & Security discusses how to make city streets safe. It addresses road safety as well as the security of transport systems and public space in times of hostile vehicle attacks. The safety of unprotected road users such as pedestrians and cyclists are at the centre of discussions. Polis members exchange knowledge on road safety policies, vision zero approaches, how to implement a safe system, data collection, key performance indicators (KPIs), integrating safety and sustainability, enforcement and campaigns, as well as on safer vehicle and truck design, safe infrastructures and technological innovation.

Contact person: Dagmar Koehler

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GOVERNANCE & Integration

Within the Governance & Integration Working Group, Polis members discuss topics such as Smart Cities, SUMPs, financing and policy-making for cutting-edge innovation. The working group also brings into focus horizontal issues such as communication with the public, co-creation and how to implement politically sensitive measures such as Low Emission Zones.

Contact person: Karen Vancluysen

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Urban Freight

Within the Polis Urban Freight Working Group, cities and regions can discuss the challenges they face, share good practices and improve collaboration with industry, prioritise topics and accelerate deployment of innovative solutions. The working group has developed several databases and tools to facilitate the exchange of experiences among its members. These include a compilation of good practices, a list of “hot topics” on which members are currently working or would like to obtain more information and a database of strategies and measures put in place by cities and regions actively working on urban freight.

 Contact person: Giacomo Lozzi

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Small and Medium-sized cities platform

Due to their size, SMCs offer an ideal ground for testing and implementing new transport technologies and services that are crucial to solve the most pressing mobility challenges. The Polis SMC Platform brings together small and medium-sized cities within Polis and gives them a dedicated platform to discuss governance issues, challenges and solutions that are inherent to their shape and size. At the same time, the SMC Platform wants to promote SMCs to the outside world as living laboratories for innovation.

Contact person: Karen Vancluysen