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Winter | Feb 2015

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Welcome to the Polis public newsletter!

We are pleased to announce that this year's Annual Polis Conference will take place on 19-20 November in Brussels. We welcome our readers to discuss "Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions" with about 300 fellow delegates. The call for abstracts will open on 30 March 2015.

Polis is the network of European cities and regions working together to deploy innovative technologies and policies for a more sustainable mobility. Read more.

Enjoy your read,
Karen Vancluysen
Executive Director

Polis Network News

Consultation with stakeholders on the WHO's Physical Activity Strategy

On January 30th, Polis attended the informal consultation with stakeholders on the development of the WHO's Physical Activity Strategy (2016-2025) for the European Region. We raised in the debate the important role that cities play in delivering safer walking and cycling to encourage physical activity in daily transport.

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CONDUITS approach used to aid bus priority decision making in Tel Aviv

Polis member, Technion, has produced a fascinating case study documenting the decision support process undertaken to select a bus priority plan for a busy street in Tel Aviv.

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Save the date: 2015 Polis Conference 19-20 November in Brussels

This year's Annual Polis Conference on "Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions" will take place on 19 and 20 November 2015 in Brussels. Side events and Polis' Annual General Assembly (AGA) are scheduled for 18 November.

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Registration open for 2015 ERTRAC annual conference

The European technology platform for road transport, ERTRAC, will hold its annual conference on 3 March in Brussels and present the sector's main innovation fields.

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GrowSmarter: European Smart Cities lighthouse project started

Mayors and delegates from a number of European cities, industry and networks including Polis gather in Stockholm from 10 to 12 February 2015 to mark the launch of a new 25 million euro project: GrowSmarter is designed to shorten the path towards a more sustainable, energy efficient and environmentally smarter Europe, and is expected to create up to 1,500 new jobs. GrowSmarter is one of the first European Smart Cities lighthouse projects funded by the H2020 Research & Innovation Programme of the European Commission.

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Delivering improved interoperability of urban ITS

National/regional approaches to delivering urban ITS interoperability are more likely to succeed than a single European approach, owing to different institutional and market cultures. However, Europe has a key role to play in promoting the creation of these national/regional frameworks. These are some of the findings of the POSSE project which came to an end in December 2014.

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Member in the spotlight: The Year of Living Sustainably

In 2015, Polis member Bristol is Europe's official Green Capital. George Ferguson, the Mayor of Bristol, gave Polis' Dagmar Köhler an insight into the role transport plays in a sustainable city region, attitudes towards changes in the transport system and why international cooperation has been a major pillar of Bristol's path to success.

What role does a city's transport system play in it becoming a sustainable city, and ultimately to be awarded the Green Capital of Europe?

Ferguson: It is a vital one that makes a major contribution to the bigger picture of a healthy and sustainable city. Bristol is a complex, historic city making transport connections especially challenging. There is no simple solution to an unacceptably high level of congestion. We must pursue a flexible but high performing public transport network, encouragement of active transport in the form of walking and cycling, and a 'carrot and stick' approach to entice people out of their cars, and to share them, if we are to have streets that are no longer clogged with traffic, and air that is safe to breathe.

Many cities face opposition against measures perceived to be threatening drivers. Do you have the support of citizens to make Bristol's transport system more sustainable?

I think I do in general, although the noise from some drivers might indicate otherwise! New transport measures will always be controversial and there has been some opposition to the introduction of...[CONTINUE READING]

The full interview has been published in the 'Thinking Cities' magazine, a joint publication of Polis and H3B Media. Issue 3, November/2014, page 16. Access it here.


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