Polis Newsletter
December 2018

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Photo: @@TDAmobility on twitterToday is Transport Day in Katowice at COP24. I am honoured to represent our cities' joint commitment there to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to improve air quality.

It will not be possible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without substantially transforming transport.

With CIVITAS, Europe's cities demonstrate that transport emissions can be reduced. We continue to build strong partnerships and invite all our readers to join the debate.

We wish you a nice read and an inspiring time leading up towards Christmas.

Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General

Polis Network News

Record number of participants for 2018 Polis Conference

Let me thank all of you for making this year’s Annual Polis Conference a great success! With a record number of 550 participants, the 2018 Polis Conference in Manchester was the most popular edition ever. The presentations, photos, and press releases of the conference are available online.

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Just published: Local Opportunities for Digital Parking

The new Polis parking paper outlines concepts and discusses policy ideas to exploit the full potential of new technology, while mitigating their negative effects.

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European cities and logistics industry kick off strategic dialogue on urban freight solutions

On Wednesday 21 November, the POLIS Working Group meeting on urban freight and ALICE, the European Technology Platform for logistics, launched a permanent public-private stakeholder dialogue, to pave the way and speed up the transition to CO2-free city logistics by 2030.

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New issue of Thinking Cities released: "Citizens shaping the thinking city"

Polis and H3B Media launched the 11th issue of the magazine Thinking Cities at the 2018 Polis Conference in Manchester last week. The issue’s cover topic is: “Citizens shaping the thinking city”.

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Cities can apply now to join next SUMP learning programme

The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project has opened a call for local authorities to take part in its next SUMP Learning Programme. Up to 25 planning authorities have the chance to join the 6-month long learning activities, which will start in May 2019. This group of mobility practitioners will complete the SUMP Expert Group of 90 local authorities.

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First-ever Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety presented at ITF-Polis Joint Workshop in London

The International Transport Forum (ITF) has released today the Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety at the Polis-ITF Joint Workshop "From Safety Data to Safer City Streets" in London. This is the first-ever urban road safety benchmark gathering data from cities worldwide. Some Polis members contributed to the document.

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Express your views about automated driving: survey online until 18 December

How will the future of urban mobility look like with increased automation in transport? Take a short survey online and express your personal views on automated driving across a broad range of domains including potential policy goal effects (congestion, safety, etc), the integration of automated vehicles in the transport network, measures that local transport authorities and national authorities could take, whether you would be willing to use an AV and under which circumstances and finally the senstive issue of liability.

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Gothenburg wins Thinking Cities Award

At last week's 2018 Polis Conference, Malin Andersson received the Thinking Cities Award supported by TomTom for Gothenburg's digital zone management through geofencing. Geofencing has been used to enforce speed limits and to activate electric powertrains of hybrid vehicles upon entering the urban environmental zone.

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