Polis Newsletter
May 2019

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Dear colleagues,

We are in the middle of the fifth UN Global Road Safety Week.

Cities and regions have a leading role to play in making their streets safe for all road users: pedestrians and cyclists, children and older people, women and men, those inside a bus, outside a truck or in a wheelchair on the sidewalk.

I am happy to see how many cities, regions and other stakeholders have come to Brussels this week to discuss how to improve walking, cycling and the safe use of new shared mobility services (read more below).

It is clear that a modal shift towards more walking and cycling plays a major role not just in improving sustainability but also in road safety!

I wish you a nice read and safe week!

Karen Vancluysen 
Secretary General


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Polis Network News

New knowledge to boost walking and cycling revealed

Today's conference “Modal choice in a multimodal transport system” (in Brussels) reveals new insights on the impact transport interventions have and how people choose their mode of transport. The event concludes the CEDR funded ISAAC and STTRIDE projects. Webstream is available from 9.30-17.15h online.

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Polis cities exchange experience on active travel and road safety

Sixteen cities and regions met on Wednesday 8 May in Brussels to exchange about their experience and problems with active travel modes as well as new shared mobility services. The Polis Working Group meeting was held during this week's UN Global Road Safety Week.

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2019 ITS Europe Congress for cities and regions

Polis is delighted to be supporting this year's European ITS Congress, hosted by Polis members the cities of Eindhoven and Helmond, taking place from 3-6 June under the banner 'Fulfilling ITS promises'.

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Olli Fleet Challenge: an opportunity to test autonomous shuttles in your city

The Olli Fleet Challenge is open to cities, developers, businesses and other public private organisations that want the opportunity to test a fleet of Olli – a 3D-printed, autonomous shuttle – for their desired use-case.

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Three reasons to attend the SUMP Conference in Groningen this year

With the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans a little more than one month away, we explore the main reasons why you should attend.

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European and Latin American cities exchange experience how to make urban mobility safe and sustainable

Budapest, Lisbon, London and Madrid met with Latin American cities to share experience on "Safe and low-carbon urban mobility". A workshop was organised by UEMI and Polis on 9 April in Buenos Aires with the support of FUTURE-RADAR that allowed the cities to exchanging of knowledge beyond Europe.

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Guidelines published on procuring zero emission delivery of goods and services in cities

The Handbook "Procuring zero emission delivery of goods and services", produced by the EU-funded BuyZET project, will help local authorities reduce the carbon footprint of their procurement activities.

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Amsterdam to ban petrol and diesel cars and motorbikes by 2030

Amsterdam has announced plans to ban diesel and petrol cars by 2030, in line with the city’s Clean Air Action Plan. The Dutch capital is only the latest of a series of cities announcing bold measures to tackle air pollution. Last year, Madrid began restricting access to petrol vehicles made prior to 2000 and diesel vehicles made prior to 2006. Rome has pledged to ban diesel vehicles from the city centre by 2024. In London, drivers of older more polluting vehicles are being charged to enter the congestion zone area under the recently introduced Ultra Low Emission Zone scheme.

Read more.


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