Karen Vancluysen appointed new Polis Executive Director

Karen Vancluysen was appointed as the new Polis Executive Director as of 1 September 2014.

Karen Vancluysen has 16 years of professional experience in the field of sustainable urban mobility. Since 1998, she has been involved in urban transport networking and policy activities as well as many EU funded transport and urban mobility projects. Karen had been Polis’ Research Director for the last 8 years and has now taken over from Sylvain Haon as Executive Director. Prior to joining Polis in 2004, Karen was Network Manager at ACCESS-EUROCITIES for a New Mobility Culture and project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management.

The new Executive Director was appointed by Polis’ Management Committee, which is comprised of elected Polis members: the cities of Madrid (President), Budapest (Vice-President) and Stuttgart (Treasurer), jointly with Bilbao, LEPT (London European Partnership for Transport), Perugia, Pisa, Rotterdam and Toulouse.

Karen Vancluysen: “I am committed to further strengthening Polis’ position as the leading network of cities and regions on urban transport innovation. In the coming year, we’ll continue to explore the link between transport and health, including air quality as well as active mobility, while also looking into links with other relevant policy areas that should be touched upon through integrated instruments such as Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. The deployment of clean vehicles for freight and public transport, the potential of open data and cooperative ITS, on-street parking solutions and standards, and improved safety for vulnerable road users will also be high on the agenda of our members and activities. On the shorter term, I look forward to welcoming our members as well as other transport stakeholders we’ve been working with for many years, at the forthcoming annual Polis conference in Madrid!”

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Polis is a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport.

Since 1989, European local and regional authorities have been working together within Polis to promote sustainable mobility through the deployment of innovative transport solutions.

The aim is to improve local transport through integrated strategies that address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of transport. To this end, Polis supports the exchange of experiences and the transfer of knowledge between European local and regional authorities. It also facilitates the dialogue between local and regional authorities and other actors of the sector such as industry, research centres and universities, and NGOs.