Polis Newsletter
September 2018

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Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the Polis monthly newsletter!

European Mobility Week was full of action! While our cities were organising numerous mobility activities for their citizens as part of this campaign, transport experts met at the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen and CIVITAS Forum in Umea last week. Engaging with mayors, deputy mayors, and industry leaders at both events made one thing crystal clear yet again:

Real change comes from the local level. Cities make it happen!

The inspiring keynotes and panel discussions at the plenary sessions I chaired at the CIVITAS Forum emphasised this should be done in partnership with the private sector and industry, with cities setting the policy framework for the innovations coming our way.

Such innovations are not just for the big European capitals and happy few, also small and medium-sized cities are perfect test-beds for new solutions. Today's mobility session at the Nordic Edge conference marks the start of the SMC-platform within Polis, SMC now stands for Small and Medium-sized Cities! Read more in this newsletter.

Finally, let me remind you of our upcoming 2018 Polis Conference on 22-23 November in Manchester - you are just in time to register and benefit from early bird reductions until next week!

We hope you’ll enjoy this Polis news update!

Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General

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


Opinion: No toying around with air quality for city dwellers

Polis published an opinion piece on Urban Vehicle Access Restrictions on Euractiv. Read it here.

Polis Network News

Securing the Future of Urban Mobility Research & Innovation in Europe

In its recent position paper, Polis would like to highlight some needs and points of attention in view of the current discussions and negotiations regarding Horizon Europe, the upcoming 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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Register now for the 2018 Polis Conference

Registration is open for our annual flagship event: The 2018 Polis Conference takes place on 22-23 November in Manchester. Reduced early bird rates apply until 5 October.

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Workshop invitation: Electromobility in practice, 17 October 2018, Paris

The European INTERREG projects CleanMobilEnergy (CME) and SEEV4-City join forces to organise the "Electromobility in practice – solutions, experiences & lessons learnt" Workshop in Paris on 17 October 2018. The meeting is organised back-to-back with AUTONOMY & the Urban Mobility Summit.

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Traffic management in an increasingly connected and automated transport system

The MAVEN project invites you to joint its workshop in Greenwich (London) on 24 October about how increasing vehicle automation may affect urban traffic management. Local authorities are the main target group of this workshop; however, it is also open to other urban transport stakeholders with an interest in CCAV.

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Register now: Joint Polis-ITF workshop on road safety and data on 20-21 November

The Polis Working Group on road safety and the International Transport Forum's Safer City Street initiative organise a joint workshop on 20-21 November 2018. The event will take place in London (20 Nov.) and Manchester (21 Nov). Registration is now open, draft agenda available.

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7th SUMP Award: Submit your application until 1 October!

Cities and regions are invited to submit an application for the European SUMP Award until Monday 1st October. The award is presented for excellence in sustainable urban mobility planning, this year specifically for its capacity to address multimodality.

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"Parking is a catalyst for urban mobility innovation"

Polis organised a meeting on parking innovation on 13 September 2018 in Prague, in partnership with the European Parking Association (EPA) and the Czech Parking Association. Polis members Prague, Lille, La Rochelle and Sofia presented their latest innovations in parking.

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PRESS RELEASE: Small and Medium-Sized Cities (SMCs) Unite for Better Mobility

Stavanger, Norway, 26 September 2018 – Small and medium-sized cities (SMCs) no longer see themselves in the shadow of large metropolitan cities when it comes to transport innovation. Instead, SMCs increasingly recognise their role to be an ideal ground for testing and implementing new transport technologies and services that address the most pressing mobility challenges, such as congestion, pollution and accessibility.

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Great interest into Ile-de-France's first public call for cycling projects

In May 2018, Île-de-France launched the first regional call to fund projects dedicated to daily cycling. In a few weeks, more than 30 applications have been submitted.

The region will finance the development of projects around Paris in the areas of employment and education, and around railways stations within the region.

Region Île-de-France has high ambitions to put the Parisians back in the saddle and to triple daily cycling by 2020. By adopting the regional cycling plan in March 2017, the Region has given a new impetus to cycling policy in Île-de-France. Read the full story here.


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