Polis Newsletter
June 2019

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Dear colleagues,

Developing a vision, and making a plan to achieve it, is no longer a privilege of "the happy few". More than a thousand cities, towns and regions from across Europe have adopted Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

SUMPs have clearly become a key tool for cities and regions to improve their transport systems.

Next week's European SUMP Conference brings all those who develop, draft and implement SUMPs toegther. Learnings from the event's 6th edition will shape the upcoming revised European SUMP guidelines, mark the launch of the SUMP Award, and will also be the occasion to launch the next edition of our 'Thinking Cities' magazine. Lots will be happening next week!

The Polis team looks forward to meeting many of you in Groningen, and to interact via #SUMP2019.

I wish you a nice read!

Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


Polis contributed to 2019 International Transport Forum (ITF), Leipzig

Polis Secretary General, Karen Vancluysen, shared Polis' views on Mobility as a Service and reflected on ITF's "future scenarios on disruptions" on 22 and 24 May. Recordings are available.

Polis recommendations to new MEPs

Following the European elections, Polis would like to remind the new members of the European Parliament of key issues that are at stake for citizens living in the cities and regions of the European Union. Read them here.

Polis Network News

Meet Polis and its members at the SUMP Conference in Groningen

The 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, the most important annual gathering for the SUMP community in Europe, is about to kick-off in Groningen. With the conference programme available online, here is an overview of what to look out for expect from our members’ presentations in plenary and breakout sessions.

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Geofencing – new tool in town!

Forty European experts met 29 May in Gothenburg to discuss geofencing and see the technology in action.

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What do policy makers want to know about the impact of connected automated vehicles?

On 28 May, Gothenburg hosted 45 experts from Europe and Australia to discuss which societal impacts connected and automated vehicles will have. The workshop is organised within the Horizon 2020 funded research project LEVITATE, of which Polis is a partner. Watch the workshop video here.

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Apply for the MOMENTUM project's call for follower cities!

The MOMENTUM project is looking for cities to join its City Pool. City Pool members will be provided with dedicated tools to model and assess the impact of new mobility services on the urban mobility ecosystem. The deadline is 15 June 2019.

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New PIN report reveals data about urban road safety in the EU

The European Road Safety Council (ETSC) issued a new PIN report today, titled "Safer Roads, Safer Cities". According to the data revealed today, road deaths on urban roads decreased at around half the rate of those on rural roads over the period 2010-2017. Some Polis members contributed their case studies.

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Brussels to reduce number of commuting cars by 15%

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The Brussels government launched an appeal to reduce the flow of traffic and the levels of congestion by decreasing the number of cars entering and circulating the Region by 15%. The way to achieve this: promoting shared mobility solutions. Read more.


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