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Welcome to the Polis public newsletter!

We are pleased to invite all our readers to this year's Annual Polis Conference! Taking place in Brussels on 4-5 December it is an excellent opportunity for cities, regions and the European transport community to exchange on innovative transport solutions.

Polis is the network of European cities and regions working together to deploy innovative technologies and policies for a more sustainable mobility. Read more.

Enjoy your read,
Polis secretariat


2013 SUMP Award opens next week

Europe's cities and regions can apply for the 2nd edition of the EC's Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan Award between 2/9 and 1/11/2013. The call will be published on Monday at dotherightmix.eu/award.

Polis Network News

Programme of 2013 Annual Polis Conference online

The draft programme of this year's Polis Conference, 4-5 December 2013 in Brussels, features sessions on how to link health and transportation, opening up transport data, smart parking strategies, safety for vulnerable road users and many more. Registration is now open until all seats are taken.

This year's Annual Polis Conference takes place in Brussels on 4-5 December 2013, and provides an excellent opportunity for cities and regions to showcase transport achievements to a large audience. For the wider transport community, the conference allows to engage with representatives of city and regional authorities on innovative transport solutions.

All information is accessible via the conference page: http://www.polisnetwork.eu/2013conference

Flanders DRIVE presents results of wireless charging study

Flanders' DRIVE has conducted a feasibility study on the wireless charging of electric vehicles. Over the past 2 and a half years, the research centre closely cooperated with 9 companies and 2 universities, focusing on the stationary and dynamic charging of buses and the stationary charging of cars. Wireless charging appears perfectly feasible and can be done safely and efficiently, both stationary and while driving.

The study shows that wireless charging using an inductive system can be done almost as efficiently as charging with a cable. The average efficiency of the charging systems used in the study exceeds 90% both for stationary and dynamic charging at speeds up to 70 km/h. Much attention was paid to the safety of the systems and researchers succeeded in controlling the magnetic field that is created when charging wirelessly.

An inductive system for the wireless charging of electric vehicles consists of 2 parts. One part is located at the bottom of the vehicle. The other part is located in the road surface or in the floor of a charging point. When the two parts are positioned above each other, the vehicle is charged.wirelessly.  Systems for wireless charging were integrated in a car and a bus and also in a charging station at Flanders' DRIVE and in the road surface of a section of the N769 in Lommel (Belgium) that was used as test track.

In the research, a system was used charging an electric car within 7 hours, which is suited for charging at home or at work. A system which charges the car in one hour was tested as well. Charging the car is done automatically and can start as soon as the driver has parked his car on a charging location.

The study also looked into the wireless charging of both stationary and moving buses. Both applications work equally well, with a concrete as well as asphalt road surface. Obviously, charging while driving does require special attention to the positioning of the bus on the road.

Flemish Minister for Innovation Ingrid Lieten, is convinced that these new results making it possible to charge electric vehicles through a simple, wireless system will represent a great step towards further social acceptance of electric vehicles.

Further information: http://www.flandersdrive.be/en/about-us/press/25062013-flanders%E2%80%99-drive-research-proves-it-wireless-charging-electric-vehicles

TIDE Invitation to Innovative Cities

Have you ever wondered how to transfer an innovative (transport) idea from another city to your own? Or how to share your innovative ideas with others?

The EU TIDE project is currently accepting applications for up to 50 cities to join its Circle of Innovative Cities for learning and exchange in the following thematic areas:

  1. Road and parking pricing as demand management measures
  2. Non-motorised transport
  3. Advanced traffic management for traveller information systems
  4. Electric mobility
  5. Public transport organisation

Participating cities will learn about the latest innovations in sustainable transport in Europe and about how to successfully transfer good ideas from one city to another. They will benefit from the knowledge and experience of other cities and share their own expertise. Travel and accommodation subsidies are available.

Activities include:

  • Innovative ideas and how to take advantage of them – An interactive workshop on innovative transport measures and how to transfer them, 12-13 November 2013 – Stuttgart, Germany
  • Making innovation reality, a first-hand view – A topic-specific site visit and workshop, Spring 2014 – visits to TIDE partner cities Budapest, Donostia-San Sebastian, Milan, Reading, Rotterdam (specific dates and locations TBC, depending on topic area)
  • Putting it all together – A workshop on integrating transport innovation and sustainable urban mobility planning, Spring 2015 – location TBC

What we offer:

  • Topical site visits and presentations in the context of the workshops
  • Exchange with other cities in person at workshops and virtually between workshops
  • International networking opportunities
  • First-hand information on the latest research and implementation on a range of sustainable mobility measures
  • Training and a handbook on how to transfer innovative mobility measures from one city to another
  • Training and a handbook on how to apply cost-benefit analysis to transport initiatives
  • E-learning courses, webinars and resource materials for you and your colleagues
  • The opportunity to participate directly in developing innovative mobility for Europe
  • The TIDE project has some resources available to reimburse travel and accommodation costs for workshops.

What we ask of you:

  • Attendance at 2 workshops between November 2013 and the end of 2014 (the third workshop in 2015 is optional)
  • Completion of a questionnaire prior to each workshop (to structure the workshop and provide a starting point for discussion)
  • Preparation before each workshop (i.e. reading briefing documents, possibly preparing a short presentation)

Who is eligible:

Applicants can be any local or regional public authority responsible for urban transport issues, i.e. municipalities, regions, public transport authorities or public agencies) or NGOs with a letter from the local authority supporting their participation. Applicants may be from the EU28, Iceland, Montenegro,
Serbia, FYROM, Turkey, Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Albania or Moldova.

Member selection for the TIDE Circle of Innovative Cities will be based on creating a good balance of innovative cities – geographically, by city size and across the TIDE topic areas.

All activities will take place in English.

Please send your completed application form to Ivo Cré at: icre@polisnetwork.eu by Friday 20 September 2013.

Further details and the application form can be found here: http://www.tide-innovation.eu/en/News/TIDE-call-for-Circle-of-Innovative-Cities-now-open/


First evaluation of Catalonia's new interurban bus network expres.cat

Catalonia set up the interurban bus network ‘exprés. cat’ with high level of service (BHLS) in October 2012. Last month, the fifth line of the network started operations

3rd June 2013 saw the launch of a new line of the Catalonia BHLS’s network “exprés.cat”. This fifth line of the network connects Igualada and Barcelona in only 50 minutes with high commercial speed using highway A2. This new line is characterized by real time information at bus stops, ticketing integration in the ATM of Barcelona, and a low number of stops (2 in Igualada and 3 in Barcelona).

New vehicles are applied who increase the number available seats during peak hours - especially in the mornings which see high concentration of students and workers. The vehicles are 100% adapted for disabled people and offer free wifi for passengers.

Network evaluation after 7 months

The evaluation of the “exprés.cat” network is very positive after seven months. All lines are increasing the number of passengers carried, line e3 saw an increase of 7%, line e4 witnessed 10% more passengers.

Passenger numbers on lines e1 and e2 also increased significanctly since October 2012, however, these lines have been newly introduced with the expres.cat, which hinders comparison. However, the increasing demand confirms the apprectiation of users who evaluate lines e1 and e2 with an average of more than 8 (out of 10) points in the satisfaction surveys.

More information:

Member in the Spotlight: The new interurban bus network in Catalonia with high level of service (BHLS) (4 December 2012)

Full report (in Spanish): click here.

New speakers confirmed at Polis Working Group meeting on Health and Transport

New speakers have confirmed their participation at Polis Working Group meeting on Health & Transport (Active Mobility) on Thursday, September 19th in Brussels. Registration is open online!

The Polis Working Group on Health & Environment in Transport is organising a meeting and roundtable discussion on promoting Active Mobility and how to make the link between health and transportation planning.

New speakers have confirmend their participation:

  • Mr Christian Schweizer from WHO;
  • Mr Benjamin Collin from the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, presenting Transport Research Arena's (TRA) plans for sessions about active travel and health, and side events at THE PEP 4th High-level meeting in Paris under the 2014 French presidency of the International Transport Forum (ITF);
  • Mr Daniel Sauter, Sociologist from Urban Mobility Research, Switzerland, presenting perceptions and policies about walking;
  • Mr William M. Lyons from the Volpe National Transportation system Center, USA and Ms Leslie Meehan from Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, USA, will connect via telephone conference and will present the preparation of a health and transportation tool by the US Department of Transportation, including best practice from the US and Nashville.

The Working Group meeting agenda is available here.

Registration to the meeting is open on the event web page.

For more information, please contact Florinda Boschetti.

Register now for the EPA-Polis Parking Workshop - Dublin 10 September 2013

How can we make on street parking a success? That is the question EPA and Polis try to answer on the 3rd EPA-Polis workshop to take place in Dublin, the day before the EPA congress. Presentations from TU Dresden, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Lille, EPA and Polis are currently confirmed.

The event will focus on good practice in planning, operating and enforcement of on street parking. Aspects such as information and data management will be addressed as well. The event will also be the moment that the EPA-Polis annual paper/ report is presented. This will be based on a series of interviews with urban transport and parking stakeholders in European cities. The seminar will also build on first results of the TIDE project.

Parking is important for the redefinition of the role of cities, between the “motorway” culture and re-urbanisation. Centralised parking in cities has been proven to decrease the dependency on car trips and improve the urban public space. However, implementing integrated parking strategies is a challenging task, for both local authorities and parking operators.

To create a better understanding between the different actors in parking activities, the European Parking Association (EPA) and Polis have established a partnership to discuss the interaction of urban transport and parking activities. Both organisations regularly exchange information and expertise about making parking in cities better. As part of their creating an interchange of ideas, Polis and EPA organised a successful seminar in Stuttgart, on the 16th of May 2011, and in Helsinki on the 17th of September 2012. A third event is now planned on the 10th of September 2013.


For more information visit the event's webpage or contact icre@polisnetwork.eu

The event is free of charge.

To know more about the EPA congress, visit www.epacongress.eu

Polis position paper on open transport data

Polis has released its position paper on open transport data. The paper describes why local authorities gather transport data and what are the findings to date from publishing transport data. Bulding on the why and the what, the paper also makes recommendations to the EC about the ITS Directive.

Donwload the position paper


For further information, contact Suzanne Hoadley


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