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We are pleased with the major interest in Polis' latest policy paper on the role of transport in smart city strategies. Our network’s and member cities’ views on the topic will be further presented and debated at the Polis Urban Mobility Breakfast on 27 January in Brussels to which you are kindly invited. Read more about this event as well as other ongoing Polis activities in this newsletter!

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Wishing you a pleasant read,

Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General

Polis Network News

Smart mobility breakfast at the occasion of Polis’ Smart Cities Policy Paper launch

Polis has recently issued a policy paper emphasising the role of transport in smart city strategies. To mark the launch of this paper, we invite Polis members, cities and regions, their Brussels offices, the EU Institutions, European transport and city associations, and media representatives to join the next Polis Urban Mobility Breakfast on 27 January 2016 in Brussels.

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Polis road safety and ITS/traffic management meetings

Save the date: Transport for London will host Polis Working Group meetings on road safety and on Traffic Efficiency & Mobility on 2 and 4 March 2016 respectively. In between, on 3 March, workshops of the VRUITS, CIMEC and CODECS projects will be held.

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London's public bicycle sharing scheme Santander Cycles to be fitted with Blaze Laserlights to improve safety

Santander brings 'Light to the Dark Side' with the installation of Laserlights following a successful trial with 90% of funding for the safety lights provided by Santander UK.

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Call for data on local employment in the cycling sector in European cities and regions: Deadline extended to 31 January 2016

The World Health Organisation has launched a call for data inviting European cities, town and regions to collect local information on the job creation potential of cycling at the local level, and help understand how cycling is contributing to green growth in the Union.

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Outline Agenda available and registration now open: 3rd European Conference on SUMPs, Bremen, 12-13 April 2016

The 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans takes place 12-13 April 2016 in Bremen, Germany and focuses on "Planning the efficient city". An outline Agenda is now available on Eltis.

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Member in the Spotlight: A mobility flat rate for Stavanger and Rogaland

In Stavanger, the „HjemJobbHjem“ (which stands for "the home-work-home commute") concept makes it easy for employees to get to their work place by public transport and/or electric bicycles: Involved companies sign a contract and pay a certain fee per month per employee, who then can purchase a mobility card. With the mobility card, employees can use the bus and train system and even electrical bicycles when­ever they like, seven days a week.

Stavanger is located in Rogaland, a region located along one of the breathtaking Nor­wegian coasts in the west-southern part of the country. Oil deposits off of the coast of Stavanger eventually resulted in an accu­mulation of large companies that are now located in a specific part of Stavanger. This leads to the situation that each morning and afternoon, many employees proceed to and from the industrial park, causing huge traffic and congestion.

By implementing "HjemJobbHjem", the target of reducing traffic jams has thus been addressed. Starting off in January 2015, the project incorporated 12 companies accounting for 9.000 employees. For getting involved into the project, companies sign a contract and pay between 0,30 and 1 Euro per month per employee. Continue reading.


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