Ljubljana regional cycling connectivity at POLIS Annual Conference 2021
Following a record-breaking POLIS conference in 2020, in which more than 900 participants were welcomed online, the 2021 POLIS Annual Conference “Innovation in Transport for Sustainable Cities and Regions” took place on 1-2 December 2021 in Gothenburg, Sweden. At the conference we participated with presentation on “Regional cycling connectivity: Ljubljana urban region’s projects and prospects for safe and active travel”
POLIS Annual Conference 2021 provided an opportunity for cities and regions to showcase their transport achievements to a large audience of mobility experts, practitioners, and decision makers. Participated from up to 600 committed transport innovation professionals who work in local and regional governments and related public and private sector organisations, POLIS conference provided an opportunity for cities and regions to showcase their transport achievements and visions while also learn from other good practices in local and regional sustainable mobility.
POLIS conference was organised in cooperation with the Urban Transport Administration of the City of Gothenburg. With a focus on innovation, sustainability and co-creation, Gothenburg hosts one of Europe’s most dynamic clusters within the field of mobility. The most spoken topic within the conference derived from the fact that, with only 22% of women working in transport in the European Union, the transport sector is far from gender-balanced and more should be done on this topic.
Regional development agency of Ljubljana urban region showcased the topic of regional cycling with presentation on “Regional cycling connectivity: Ljubljana urban region’s projects and prospects for safe and active travel”. Presentation was selected among representatives from Copenhagen (DEN), Rome, Bologna (IT), Arnhem-Nijmegen (BEL) and Paris (FRA). Being introduced within the “Bike a bit longer” session, lead by European cycling federation (ECF), RRA LUR draw attention to Velo-City 2022 being organised in Ljubljana. RRA LUR contribution was also observed as a good promotion of current and prospect actions in the field of regional cycling connectivity in City of Ljubljana and Ljubljana urban region.
The final reflections of the conference outlined the instrumental role of public transport and its recovery beyond COVID pandemic, the potential of active travel, the opportunities or drawbacks of shared and digital mobility services, the 15’ city (in which all essential services are equally available in radius 15 minutes of walking or cycling), urban vehicle access regulations, and much more. Footage of the closing conference plenary is available through this link.