New webinar series exploring the Just Transition for urban mobility

By Isobel Duxfield / Updated: 06 Feb 2023

Are we all on board? As our cities and regions strive to achieve decarbonised, decongested, safer and smarter transport services, the term: ‘Just Transition’ is on everybody’s lips. 

What does this really mean, and how do we achieve it?

Urban mobility has to change substantively, to become cleaner and more resilient- this is no secret. However, affordability, safety, and inclusivity must be at the heart of this transition.

Cities, national decision-makers and international institutions must double down on their commitment to ensuring Europe’s sustainable mobility transition works for all — regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, physical abilities or socio-economic status.

Across the last year, we have seen inspiring progress. From London’s OUTbound, a staff network group for the LGBTQIA+ community, to Amsterdam’s accessibility mapping, to Madrid’s efforts to boost women’s employment in the sector cities have been placing inclusion, diversity and accessibility front and centre.

However, there is a long road (train track and bike lane) yet to travel.

It is in this context, that POLIS have launched a Just Transition webinar series. Across several online events in February and March 2023, the series will traverse the multifaceted ways affordability, gender-related mobility patterns, age, cognitive capacities (and more), can guide the future of our cities and regions.

A truly Just Transition is one which addresses imbalance and unfairness across the entire mobility spectrum.

Thus, each webinar will launch an examination into mobility justice from a specific perspective, in accordance with POLIS’ different working groups.

From freight to parking, traffic efficiency to active travel, electromobility to safety — and everything in between — we begin to discuss how each sector has its part to play, the challenges ahead, and how cities and regions are treading new ground.

Webinars include:

  • Why do people need cars? Car dependency and city’s policy response (07 February)
  • Fostering active travel for people with disabilities (14 February)
  • Addressing urban-rural transport divisions (21 February)
  • Gender mainstreaming: lessons from smaller cities (28 February)
  • Reallocation of Space, Time, and Danger (9 March)
  • Challenges for the urban freight labour market (14 March)
  • Making EV charging a reality for people with disabilities (21 March)
  • Towards digitalisation in transport, no one left behind (28 March)

Find out more here: Registrations now open for the Just Transition Webinar series! - POLIS Network


Photo Credit: Alessia Giorgiutti & Laura Babio


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