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The process of developing policy generally involves research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to produce recommendations. Guidelines can help cities develop and assess their transport policies to address existing and new policy objectives. Research organisations and institutions provide valuable data and analysis to underpin policy recommendations and decisions.


By Hannah Figg / Updated: 22 Mar 2018

2018 Polis Conference

The 2018 Annual Polis Conference 'Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions' will take place on 22 and 23 November in Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom. 

It is the network's annual flagship event. It provides a unique platform to engage with representatives of cities and regions. It invites organisations and projects to showcase innovative solutions and approaches that can help to solve urban mobility challenges.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 20 Mar 2018

Germany to get 12,000 EV chargers by converting distribution boxes



According to the German business newspaper Automobilwoche, Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that they will be transforming 12,000 distribution boxes into electric vehicle chargers, more than doubling the nations existing stock of chargers.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 09 Mar 2018

Developing Guidance for Cycling Projects in the EU


The European Commission (DG MOVE) has recently commissioned a study to produce guidelines to help promote cycling in the EU.  Ricardo Energy & Environment, along with partners TEPR and FGM-AMOR are preparing case studies and guidelines that will foster the implementation of cycling infrastructure (and other) measures that are appropriate to the local context of cities.  

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 08 Mar 2018

Germany's Supreme Administrative Court to permit Urban Vehicle Access Restrictions (UVARs) on diesel vehicles


Germany’s Supreme Administrative Court has decided that restrictions - even stretching to bans on diesel cars in German cities are generally permissible. The background of the lawsuit relates to a number of verdicts by the lower Administrative Courts of Stuttgart and Düsseldorf, which decided that the respective clean air plans of the provinces’ capitals Stuttgart and Düsseldorf needed to be enhanced and, for this, bans on the driving of certain vehicles should be considered.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 27 Feb 2018
By Hannah Figg / Updated: 27 Feb 2018

Hacking Copenhagen Project: Enabling Bicycles to Sense the City


One of the most complicated and pressing issues in today's urban areas is the increasing tension between the population's demand for more mobility and finite city infrastructure. The Smart City community is looking at ways to help solve this challenge - the first step requiring the digitalisation of mobility services and infrastructure. This will help identify where the barriers are and to prioritise appropriate travel behaviours.

The Bicycle as a sensor: Developing a Connected Cycling Eco-system

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 12 Apr 2018


EU Green Week; Green Cities for a Greener Future is taking place from 21-25th May and will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work.  

Showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, nature and biodiversity, waste and water management, Green Week will promote participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 22 Feb 2018

Public Consultation on the action plan of the Urban Agenda Partnership on Urban Mobility


The "Urban Agenda for the EU" is the European answer to involving cities in shaping the EU's future and improving cities' contribution to the Union's and member states' goals. Its Partnership on the topic "Urban Mobility", led by the Czech Republic and the City of Karlsruhe, has created its Action Plan for improving cities' impact on regulations, financing and knowledge transfer from EU's side to design the future of urban mobility.

By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 20 Feb 2018

Even small speed reductions save lives, says Swedish report


A study published in early 2018 by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute shows the impact of lower speed limits in urban areas on road fatalities and injuries. A maximum speed reduction from 50 to 40 kilometer per hour could help save as many as 5 lives per year and prevent 83 severe injuries and 12 very serious injuries on a yearly basis.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 13 Feb 2018

Public review launched for three new Urban Agenda Partnerships


The Urban Agenda for the EU was launched in May 2016 with the Pact of Amsterdam. It represents a new multi-level working method promoting cooperation between Member States, cities, the European Commission and other stakeholders in order to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation in the cities of Europe and to identify and successfully tackle social challenges. Thematic Partnerships and their action plans represent the key delivery mechanism within the Urban Agenda for the EU.