InfoPolis #136
February 2016

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Dear members,

within the next month, three Polis Working Groups are meeting to bring forward the topics of bike sharing schemes, road safety for vulnerable road users as well as open data, automated transport and multimodal information services. Read more about the meetings in this InfoPolis and register quickly to attend one or several of these meetings. Also don't hesitate to contact the responsible Polis staff to join the Working Groups and their mailing lists beyond the upcoming meetings!

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Yours sincerely,

Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC) 2016 call for papers

The International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC) brings together researchers and experts on cycling safety, this year on 3-4 November 2016 in Bologna, Italy. Call for paper is open until 30 April. More information. www.cyclingsafety.net

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Polis Network News

Save the date: 2016 Polis Conference takes place on 1-2 December 2016

We are pleased to announce  that the 2016 Annual Polis Conference "Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions" will take place on 1 and 2 December 2016 in the city of Rotterdam, which currently holds the Polis Presidency.

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Polis signed joined letter on direct vision requirements for HDVs

A joint letter has been sent to Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs on direct vision requirements for heavy duty vehicles. The lettter was signed by POLIS, Eurocities, ETSC and T&E.

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Members in action

Rotterdam signs agreement with Gobike for new public bike sharing scheme

On February 3rd, Rotterdam Alderman of Mobility and Sustainability Mr. Pex Langenberg signed an agreement with Gobike to deploy the city's first bicycle sharing system. The launch of this new scheme fits the ambition for a better cycling city and is one of the measures for healthier air in Rotterdam.

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Automated transport system test launched in Gelderland

On 28 January, the Dutch Minister Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure and the Environment) inaugurated the test phase of the fully automated transport system, called WEPod, on the campus of Wageningen University.

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European projects

ENDURANCE workhop on SUMPs and their national frameworks

For the ENDURANCE proejct, Polis is hosting a half day workshop on 25 Februray in Brussels. The workshop looks at the role and impact of overarching support, frameworks and guidance on sustainable urban transport planning.

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News from the institutions

EU Procedure on Real Driving Emission Tests comes to an end

During the plenary session in the first week of February, the European Parliament rejected a motion calling to reject the results of the comitology procedure regarding the implementation of the new rules toward emissions limits for cars (Euro 6).

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EC Commissioner for Climate Change hints about decarbonisaiton transport communication

During an event at the Bruegel on February 8th, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Mr Miguel Arias Canete, gave some hint regarding the decarbonisation of transport communication that is scheduled for summer 2016.

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Around Europe and beyond

TRA 2016: early bird deadline expires on 15th February

The early bird deadline to register for the Transport Research Arena Conference (TRA2016), being held in Warsaw, Poland, from 18th-21st  April 2016, expires on 15th February 2016.

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Member in the Spotlight: Amsterdam’s new Strategy for Road Safety

The City of Amsterdam is preparing a new Strategic Plan for Road Safety. The Plan should help to reduce the number of road accidents taking into account that new safety issues in Amsterdam are mostly linked to the fight for limited space.

In general, road safety is a precondition in all infrastructure projects of the municipality. Additionally, national ‘Sustainable Safety’ guidelines were processed under the guidance of the Central Transport Commission (CVC), forming the basis of road design in Amsterdam. More than 90 per cent of accidents are caused by unsafe behaviour. Therefore, an important pillar is traffic education such as coherent road safety programs in all primary and secondary schools. In general, policy-making processes in Amsterdam change from a reactive to a more proactive approach to traffic safety.

Read the full story published in Thinking Cities, Issue 5, November/2015.

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