Polis Newsletter
October 2018

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Polis, EUROCITIES and the CEMR join forces today: With our collective voice of the three networks' member cities and regions, we call upon the European Parliament to vote for new procurement rules that ensure a future with cleaner vehicles.

Our joint letter on the revision of the Clean Vehicles Directive was sent today and ahead of tomorrow's EP plenary vote in Strasbourg, which will set the the tone for the upcoming discussions and negotiations with the European Council. More information is here.

We wish you a nice read!

Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


National support for SUMPs varies significantly across Europe

CIVITAS SUMPs-Up and PROSPERITY report reveals status of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) in EU Member States. http://sumps-up.eu/reports/

Polis Network News

2018 Polis Conference coming up: Join the urban mobility debate!

Polis has secured high-level speakers and leading experts for its plenary sessions and workshops and welcomes you to join the debate. Register online before 11 November!

Opening Plenary: Citizens First?!

Our Opening Plenary will look at how to reconcile ‘user-centric’ approaches and individual citizens’ needs with sustainable mobility policy goals and the needs of society as a whole. Is co-creation the answer?Our keynote speaker, Alexander D'Hooghe, Senior Partner at the Organization for Permanent Modernity, will talk about 'Monuments for an open society? - Management of socio-spatial risks in urban mobility projects'.

Closing Plenary: Get out of my space!

Urban space is scarce and valuable. Our Closing Plenary will look at how to prioritise modes and people by giving them space, at managing space more dynamically, and at the spatial impact of new and automated mobility services.

Keynote speaker Helle Lis Søholt, CEO of Gehl, will talk about ‘Making Cities for People’. She said:

"Cities are made of life and interaction. Technology and big data are only enablers. We need to analyse, strategise, plan and build to make Cities for People; cities where people and communities are healthy, happy and prosperous."

Women in transport

Polis uses this year's Conference as an opportunity to encourage the active involvement of women. Therefore, all parallel sessions will be facilitated by female moderators. Session 1E 'Talking gender' discusses women as transport professionals and transport users .

Three Polis members among the finalists of the 2018 European Capital of Innovation contest

Polis members Aarhus (Denmark), Leuven (Belgium) and Toulouse (France) have entered the final stage of this year’s European Capital of Innovation contest, funded under Horizon 2020. The winner will be announced at the Web Summit in Lisbon on 6 November 2018.

Aarhus, Denmark

The Danish city is a pioneer of smart city technologies such as using cutting-edge sensor technology to tackle peak traffic and reduce fuel consumption. It has a long tradition of open data, accessible and usable by everyone, and it has made engagement a policy matter. With almost 2700 active volunteering clubs, this is a place where every other citizen volunteers. All city departments have resources dedicated to foster dialogue and contact with citizens and make the most out of such civic spirit.

Leuven, Belgium

Hosting one of Europe's oldest and most prestigious universities, Leuven is working hard to transfer its wealth of knowledge and talent to all corners of society through collaborative governance. Leuven MidGate, a network organisation, stimulates cross-pollination and closer ties between its members. Leuven 2030 brings together 100 organisations and private members committed to climate-oriented measures that will make the city carbon neutral by the end of the next decade.

Toulouse, France

The strategy of ‘Open Metropolis’ involves citizens as innovation players and mobilises them to back innovation processes (they were even consulted about the city’s application to become European Capital of Innovation). The Laboratory of Usages is one of the locations bringing together start-ups, citizens, business and administration to propose and experiment ideas, such as the "artificially intelligent" chatbot Violette, who assists citizens in public administration matters 24/7.


The European Capital of Innovation contest rewards the European city demonstrating the best “innovation ecosystem” with a prize of EUR 1 million. Five runners-up will receive EUR 100 000 each. Barcelona, Amsterdam and Paris won the competition in 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Read the full press release by the European Commission here.

MEPs urged not to weaken new minimum vehicle safety standards

Polis co-signed a letter urging members of the European Parliament not to weaken the European Commission’s proposals on new vehicle safety measures. The letter results from to concerns that European vehicle manufacturers, represented by ACEA, attempt to water down the EC's proposal for revise minimum vehicle safety standards in the EU (the General Safety Regulation).

Lead by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), eight additional organisation signed the letter representing road safety experts, consumer groups, transport police, environmental campaigners, local/regional authorities, cyclists and road accident victims.

The letter was sent today to members of the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) to raise concerns over the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)'s attempts to weaken the European Commission’s proposals on new vehicle safety measures and to ask MEPs to pass the legislation as soon as possible, to maximise its life-saving potential.

Key messages:

The letter calls for the importance of passive safety measures in addition to active safety measures and specifically direct vision requirements for new trucks in the future, the benefits of Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and the importance of a package of measures:

"The strength of the Commission’s proposal is that it is a package of complementary measures that should not be cherry-picked", reads the letter.

Download the full letter (pdf)

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.

The meeting is organised back to back to the 2018 Polis Conference (22-23/11 in Manchester), allowing you to combine the two events.

Polis members Aarhus, Amsterdam, Helmon, London and Utrecht are among the speakers. Download the draft agenda here.

Topics to be discussed in the meeting will include:

  • Crash data collection & alternative sources of injury data
  • Speed monitoring, enforcement and the role of street design
  • Pedestrian / cyclist / motorcyclist safety sessions
  • New directions for data-driven transport safety (big data, data sharing, etc.)
  • Benchmarking road safety across world cities
  • Integration of road safety in Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs)
  • Use of road safety data in policy definition and evaluation

To attend the workshop, please register here!

Polis members interested to present their work at the meeting should send short abstracts until September 7th to Dagmar Köhler, dkoehler@polisnetwork.eu

Registration open for #H2020RTR18: Results from Road Transport Research in H2020 projects

ERTRAC, EGVIA and the European Commission's Transport R&I Directorate are jointly organising #H2020RTR18, the 2nd EGVIA-ERTRAC European Conference. It takes place on 28 and 29 November 2018 in Brussels.

More than 75 projects will share their results and achievements in areas such as Green Vehicles, Urban Mobility, Logistics, Intelligent Transport Systems, Safety, Automated Road Transport and more.

#H2020RTR18 showcases road transport research results obtained in projects funded under Horizon 2020 in three parallel session streams:

  • Towards 0 fatalities
  • Improving quality of life in urban areas
  • Green Vehicles

Urban mobility in the programme

A number of the projects featured in the programme adress urban mobility, incl. for example MAVEN (Managing Automated Vehicles Enhances Network), ELIPTIC (Electrification of public transport in cities), CIPTEC (Collective Innovation for Public Transport in European Cities), FLOW (Furthering Less Congestion by creating Opportunities for more Walking and cycling), TRACE (Opening the cycling and walking tracking potential), SUMPs-Up (European Programme for Accelerating the Take up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans), CoEXist ('AV-Ready' transport models and road infrastructure for the coexistence of automated and conventional vehicles), CITYLAB (City Logistics in Living Laboratories), and others.

Plenary speakers include:

  • Stephan Neugebauer, ERTRAC & EGVIA chairman
  • Clara de la Torre, Director, Directorate H Transport, DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission
  • Herald Ruijters, Director Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport, DG Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), European Commission
  • Alan Haigh, Head of Department, Department H - Horizon 2020, INEA (TBC)

The conference sessions will be also web-streamed. Participation is free but registration is mandatory. Polis supports the event through its involvement in the support action FUTURE-RADAR.

Click here for more information, the programme and link to registration. Event programme is here.




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