Polis Newsletter
February 2019

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E-scooter sharing, dockless bike sharing and ride-hailing are on the rise and induce many new challenges into the urban space.

18 Polis member cities and regions have come to Brussels today to discuss with each other and with providers how to regulate new mobility services so that they contribute to sustainable urban transport systems.

As a network having innovation in its DNA, I am very happy that Polis facilitates a dialogue between Polis member cities and new mobility service providers! Read more below and also, how cities continue the debate later this week to improve air quality and become Zero Emission Cities.

We wish you a nice read!

Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


New report on speeding and EP vote in favor of vehicle safety

On urban roads between 35% and 75% of vehicle speed observations were higher than the legal speed. The European Transport Safety Council launched a new report ahead of an important vote in the European Parliament on the General Safety Regulations (GSR). Read more.

Polis Network News

Polis facilitates dialogue between cities and regions and new mobility service providers

On 25 and 26 February, Polis hosted the second Working Group on Governacne and Integration with Polis members, international mobility innovation experts and new mobility service providers to exchange experience, foster dialogue, and enhance cooperation through mutually beneficial regulatory frameworks.

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Towards "zero-emission" cities

Brussels Capital Region is currently working on the installation of its Low-Emission Zone and is consulting fellow European cities and regions to better understand the solutions to achieve a "zero-emission" city. The Polis Working Group meeting on 27 February in Brussels has been organised by Polis in cooperation with Brussels Environment and the TRUE initiative.

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Cities sought for Traffic Management as a Service replicator programme

Cities interested in Traffic Management as a Service (TMaaS) are invited to join a replicator programme by the city of Ghent, the architect of this approach. The essence of TMaaS is an online platform offering local government and citizens an efficient and multimodal view of what is happening in a city in real-time.

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Clean Vehicles Directive final talks - what does it mean for cities?

On Tuesday 11 February, the EU reached a provisional agreement on new rules for the public procurement of clean vehicles in the second trilogue of the Clean Vehicles Directive. The Directive sets out national minimum public procurement targets for clean and zero emission vehicles. The deal is now pending final endorsement by the Council and European Parliament and would have to be transposed into national legislation in 24 months.

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New evidence to present the economic benefits of investment in walking and cycling

"Alongside improving health and the environment, investment in walking and cycling can achieve considerable economic benefits" says new report published by Transport for London. A summary pack containing the best evidence from London and elsewhere is now available to all local goverments interested in making the economic case for walking and cycling investment.

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The path towards making cities "Automation-Ready"

A new resource is now available for local authorities who want to be ahead of the curve regarding the arrival of automated vehicles in urban areas. The Automation-Ready Framework has been prepared within the H2020 CoEXist project, using the experience of Helmond, Gothenburg, Stuttgart and Milton-Keynes and based - among other references - on Polis discussion paper on automation.

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Register now! Urban Nodes Forum, 3-4 April 2019, Budapest

The first URBAN NODES FORUM in Budapest (3-4 April) focuses on the central role of Urban Nodes in the TEN-T networks and is organised as part of the VITALNODES project, in which Polis is involved.

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Madrid is granting a permit to 18 electric-scooter operators

Following the recent adoption of a new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance (Ordenanza de Movilidad) last October 2018, Madrid City Council has granted 18 authorizations for shared electric scooter services in town.

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