InfoPolis #133
December 2015

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Dear members,

Welcome to this year's final issue of InfoPolis.

The past weeks' agenda was dominated by the negotiations taking place at COP21 in Paris. From 30 November till 11 December at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), governments agreed on the Paris climate deal, which requires significant emission reductions in the coming years.

Polis participated in several COP21 related events in Paris. For example, I joined a panel debate organised by the Île-de-France region on "Innovative and Sustainable Mobility: Towards a smart management of mobility and energy in a major metropolis", where I highlighted how Polis fosters cooperation on and support its members with the deployment of environmentally friendly mobility measures. Read more about COP21 in this InfoPolis.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the good cooperation throughout the year! Working with you all from across Europe, and now even beyond, has many inspiring facets, is challenging at times but always rewarding. The end of a year is a thankful moment to look back at the vivid cities and regions we have the chance to work with and to thank you for your trust. I look forward to continuing cooperation with you in the years to come!

The POLIS team wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy 2016!

Yours sincerely,
Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General

PS: Find here our Christmas card - zoom, pan and enjoy some photos of the 2015 Polis Annual Conference!


Polis AGA documents available for members

Documents from this year's Annual General Assembly are now available for members online. This includes the 2015 activity report and 2016 strategy. Access here.

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Polis Network News

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Looking back at COP 21

From 30 November till 11 December 2015,  COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference took place in Paris-Le Bourget.

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Polis contributing to Smart Cities event of UKTIE Organisation at the European Parliament

Nicolas Hauw adressed UK Transport In Europe (UKTIE) members during a conference hosted by Jacqueline Foster (ECR/UK) at the European Parliament on the topic of Smart Cities on 9 December.

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EU Coalition against Real-Driving Emission Tests Comitology results

Polis joined forces with T&E, Eurocities, EEB and other EU organisation in an open letter to oppose to the implementing measures agreed on the Real-World Driving Emission test agreed in the Technical Committee on Motor Vehicles (TCMV).

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Members in action

Join the European Cycling Challenge 2016!

After a succesful 2015 edition, the City of Bologna relauched the "European Cycling Challenge 2016 - ECC2016" and is now inviting European Cities and their urban cyclists to the fifth edition of this friendly urban commuters competition which will take place throughout the month of May 2016.

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Gent: the traffic management centre in the cloud!

You don't need a control tower to create an urban traffic management centre. That is the starting point of Gent's approach to establishing the regional traffic management centre. The purpose of the centre is to inform residents and visitors of the city as good as possible about mobility.

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European projects

The presentations from the "Building the Liveable and Healthy City" workshop on 18 November in Brussels are now available!

Organised by the EU project PASTA, this workshop presents good practice examples, tools, and free training on the Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) developed by the WHO, to help urban planners, transport and health practitioners better integrate cycling and walking into urban transport planning, and make the case for new investment in active mobility.

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The presentations from the Personalised Travel Planning training workshop on 18 November in Brussels are now available online

Sustrans, in cooperation with Polis, organised a free training workshop for European cities on Personalised Travel Planning tools and methodologies to develop and implement effective PTP in workplaces, universities and residential settings. The workshop was held in Brussels on November 18th, 2015.

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Save the date: STARS, PTP-Cycle, and MOBI projects final conference in Brussels on 18 February 2016

The conference aims to present results and share knowledge with European cities on embedding cycling culture in schools through accreditation and peer-to-peer methods, delivering personalised travel advice, and promoting sustainable mobility among employees through gamification.

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Save the date: SWITCH Final Conference "Embracing Active Travel for Health", 14 April 2016

The SWITCH project will organise its final conference on Thursday, 14 April 2016 in Bremen, to present results and share knowledge with European cities on embracing active travel for health, and developing sound local promotional campaigns.

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FLOW is calling for Exchange and Follower Cities

The EU co-funded project FLOW is currently recruiting Exchange and Followers Cities. Cities from across Europe can apply that are interested in modelling practices to maximise the congestion reducing potential of walking and cycling measures.

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News from the institutions

EU Consultation Open on the Renewable Energy Sources Directive midterm post 2020

The European Union recently opened a public survey on the future of the Renewable Energy Sources post 2020, one part specifically adressing the energy in the transport sector.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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Around Europe and beyond

THE PEP presented in the 2015 UN climate change conference of parties (COP21)

The French Minister of Health, Marisol Touraine, has stressed the importance of processes such as THE PEP - Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Partnership to promote cooperation between countries and stakeholders, in her speech at the WHO side-event on 8th December at COP21.

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Interested in cycling? This is why you cannot miss Velo-city Global 2016 in Taipei

The next edition of the largest world conference on cycling the Velo-city Global conference 2016 will take place from 27th February to 1st March 2016 in Taipei City. Will you be attending? Here's a selection of events not to miss to make the most out of your Velo-city experience.

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Member in the Spotlight: Evaluating mobility planning in Dresden

It has taken five years for Dresden from kick-starting the SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan) process to its political adoption, thus the outcomes are auspicious.

Even with a young SUMP, Dresden's approach of monitoring and evaluation of the SUMP and its implementation process has received recognition: Dresden along with Ghent, Bremen and Thessaloniki, Bremen was shortlisted for the most recent edition of the European SUMP Award which European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc presented in Brussels in March 2015.

Dr. Matthias Mohaupt, head of department for transport and development planning in Dresden, points out that monitoring the SUMP's implementation helps to identify problems early and to produce updates for decision makers and local stakeholders. He also stresses the importance of stakeholder involvement in an interview that has been published in 'Thinking Cities', Issue 4, May/2015, page 53. Read the interview here.

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