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Annual Polis Conference 2013 “European cities and regions towards a more sustainable mobility”

4th & 5th December 2013, Brussels, Belgium

European cities and regions will showcase their latest urban mobility achievements on the 4th & 5th December in Brussels at the 2013 Annual Polis Conference. The Conference will bring together the wider transport community, including leading sustainable transport stakeholders and representatives of city and regional authorities.

04.12.13 Annual Polis Conference 2013

The two-day conference will offer a mix of high-level plenary sessions, with prominent figures debating topical issues, and a wide selection of technical parallel sessions on innovative transport solutions.

Nantes, which is the current European Green Capital, will be represented in one of the parallel sessions by Sandrine Le Bourhis, Nantes Métropole. She will present “The parking policy observatory of Nantes Métropole: An essential tool to feed the sustainable mobility strategy”. “Health and Transport in Bristol: Opportunities and challenges” will also be presented by Janet Maxwell of Bristol City Council, which will be European Green Capital in 2015.

For more information on the programme of the Annual Polis Conference 2013, please visit the event website.

The subject of the Annual Polis Conference 2013 features highly in the European Green Capital competition criteria, both directly through the Local Transport indicator and also indirectly through emissions, local air quality and noise pollution.

The 2013 European Green Capital, Nantes, has over the past 10 years developed a sustainable transport policy with a focus on public transport and bicycles. Development within the city centre is planned to minimise car transport and provide optimal conditions for pedestrians.

Nantes ©Patrick Garcon

Nantes ©Patrick Garcon

Nantes was the first city in France to successfully re-introduce electric tramways. This effort will continue in the coming years and investments in new tramways, high quality bus services and bicycle infrastructure are foreseen.

The citizens and local authorities of Copenhagen, Denmark are showing their high level of commitment to genuine progress in sustainable urban mobility as European Green Capital 2014. The city is a transport pioneer, aiming to become the world’s most practicable city for cyclists, set the goal of having 50% of people cycling to their place of work or education by 2015 (35% cycled to their workplace or school in 2010). This will certainly help the city greatly in reaching its ambitious goal of being CO2 neutral by 2025.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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