InfoPolis #152
October 2016

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Dear members,

Busy agendas undeniably confirm that autumn has arrived with full force - with only one month to go until this year's Annual Polis Conference!

We announce with proud that this year's conference programme features a variety of session formats including more room for direct exchange in panel discussions. The site visits already proof to be very popular. The two plenary sessions dig deeper into the air we breathe ("How to tackle the air quality challenge?"), and discuss how cities deal with automation ("Automation in Cities: Opportunity or Threat? Hype or Holy Grail?").

Conference registrations are coming in continuously and we urge you all to register quickly and secure your seat!

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For now, I wish you a pleasant read!

Yours sincerely,

Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


Polis Bike sharing working group outcomes

Presentations of the Polis working group meeting on bike sharing held in Paris on 12-13 October are now available to download from the Polis website.

Polis spoke at Smart Cities Conference

Polis' Daniela Stoycheva spoke at the event “Smart Cities in Europe: Promoting Sustainability, Innovation and Cooperation”. Her intervention on “Promoting Sustainable Mobility Solutions: Encouraging Low Carbon Means of Transportation” will soon be available here.

Polis presented project opportunities at the LEPT borough forum in London

Presentations are now available on the Polis website. The Interreg North-West Europe deadline is 18 november!


Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

Polis Network News

The number of cyclists increases in Polis member Brussels

The number of cyclists continues to increase in Polis member Brussels. The city is focusing on a cycle policy where more people (women and children) can feel safer to cycle and on providing better bicycle parking infrastructures.

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Three electric buses will ride through Polis member Ghent

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European projects

Last chance to get free training on transport modelling of cycling and walking. Apply by 31 October!

The EU funded project FLOW is looking for 20-30 companies that offer innovative walking and cycling-related products and services targeted at cities that could play a role in congestion reduction (e.g. apps developers, consultants, bike share operators, cycle logistics companies). These FLOW Market Followers will be selected to take part in a series of online learning, exchange and networking opportunities.

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CIMEC, CODECS & NOVELOG presented at ITS World Congress

Polis was present at the ITS World Congress in Melbourne from 10-14 October 2016 to share information and findings about these (C)ITS projects.

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First Announcement: PASTA Final Conference & 2017 International Cycling Conference, 19-21 September 2017, Mannheim, Germany. Call for Papers and Contributions now open!

PASTA project - Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches, is organising its final conference in cooperation with the International Cycling Coference (ICC2017) in Mannheim on 19-21 September 2017. Save the date!

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News from the institutions

Public health groups also call for EU target to reduce serious road injuries

In addition to road transport stakeholders, the public health community is now also calling for a European serious road injury target. Led by the European Public Health Alliance and ETSC an open letter has been sent on Tuesday.

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The EU "one-stop shop" website on urban policies

A brand-new portal for urban policies has been recently launched by the European Commission. The website aims at becoming the "One-stop shop" website that can further enable cities to foster the exchange of best practices and the development of urban strategies across Europe.

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Eurostat - New guidelines on the use of Public Private Partnership and Eurostat rules

Eurostat has published new guidelines to further details how local and regional authorities should build their Public Private Partnership project based on the risk sharing

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EC's urban C-ITS group prioritises C-ITS applications

The first meeting of the urban group of the C-ITS Deployment Platform took place in Brussels on 21 September with a restricted group of attendees: mainly local authority and Member State representatives. Polis members Noord Holland, Helmond and Transport for London took part as did a Polis member of staff.

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'Smart, Innovative & Sustainable urban mobility', Brussels 23 November 2016

The European Commission kindly requests you to save the date for the conference 'Smart, Innovative & Sustainable urban mobility' which will be held on 23 November 2016 in Brussels.

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CEF Info Day - Presentation available!

On 25th October, the European Commission hosted an Info Day on the Connecting Europe Facility Programme.

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Joint Position Paper on the Midterm Review of the EU Budget - Improve Connecting Europe Facility Budget!

30 European transport associations call on the European Parliament and the Council to approve the Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework.

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Around Europe and beyond

Transport Security Workshop to be held in Brussels

The Transport Research and Innovation Portal TRIP invites stakeholders to its 4th stakeholder workshop on transport security on 10 November 2016 in Brussels.

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European Conference on road safety campaigns to take place in Brussels

The 2nd edition of the European Road Safety Campaigns Conference is hosted by Brussels Region on 17-18 November 2016 in Brussels. The conference will feature presentations on the latest road safety campaigns from across Europe with a focus on distraction and speed.

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Developing urban rail transport: Environmental performances and financing solutions

The Maltese Presidency together with POLIS, UNIFE, UITP and EUROCITIES will host a seminar on urban rail transport in Malta in Spring 2017

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