InfoPolis #162
March 2017

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Dear members,

The call for speakers for this year’s Polis conference was launched yesterday. The conference takes place on 6 and 7 December in Brussels and is preceded by the Annual General Assembly on the 5th-. The conference offers a great opportunity to showcase your local best practice and innovations in transport. The call for speakers closes on 29 May 2017, end of day, and we look forward to receiving many proposals from your side!

On 28 and 29 March, Polis attended the high-level stakeholder and Ministerial Conference on road safety in Malta. During the two-days event, a declaration on Road Safety was endorsed with the target to reduce serious injuries on Europe's road by 50% between 2020 and 2030.

Several Working Group meetings are coming up, notably the Working Group meeting on Active Travel and Road Safety on 20-21 April in Paris, the Polis Working Group on Bike Sharing Schemes on 26-27 April in Madrid, and the Polis-EPA parking working group meeting on 27 April in Brussels.

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For now, I wish you a pleasant read.

Kind regards,

Karen Vancluysen


Karen Vancluysen participated in the Advisory Board meeting of the DORA project on door-to-door information for air passengers, featuring Berlin as one of the test sites

More info: http://dora-project.eu

Polis is playing an active role at this 4th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans with the moderation of two parallel sessions, a presentation on Smart Cities and many members involved

The 2017 European Transport Innovation Challenge is looking for young innovators passionate about decarbonising transport. Apply by May 2!

More info here.


Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

Polis Network News

How is road safety data collected across cities in Europe?

Polis road safety working group is undertaking a survey with support of the University of Hasselt to understand how road safety data is collected in different cities. We invite cities to respond to our survey.

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2017 Polis Conference: Call for speakers open until 29 May 2017!

Polis invites you to submit your abstract for the 2017 Annual Polis Conference "Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions".

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Members in action

Brussels receives the sustainable mobility award

Brussels received the SUMP Award on Monday from Commissioner Violeta Bulc on Monday for the way they adress urban freight in sustainable urban mobility planning. Malmö won the Euroean Mobility Week Award for its long-term focus on active transport modes such as cycling and walking.

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Polis members' attendance at the forthcoming 4th European Conference on Sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP) on 29-30 March in Dubrovnik

Several Polis members are travelling to Dubrovnik, Croatia, at the end of March to present their good practice under this year's SUMP Conference theme "Intelligent planning for sustainable mobility."  Take a look at the program overview and come over greet them!

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Brussels small inner ring road: safe cycle lanes and secure pedestrian foot paths

Within three years, the Brussels small internal ring will undergo a historic transformation in terms of mobility. After a preparatory consultation between the Brussels Capital Region and the Mayors of the municipalities concerned, the Minister of Mobility and Public Works Pascal Smet, presented today the plans for the redevelopment of safe (separated) cycle lanes and secure pedestrian foot paths alongside the small ring.

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European projects

Stay tuned! We're launching soon the first Call for cities and regions working in Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning to join the SUMPs-Up Innovation Pilot Pool of mobility experts

The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project is launching soon two Calls for Applications for local and regional public planning authorities to join its Innovation Pilot Pool (IPP) of mobility experts. The IPP is a select group of transport and urban mobility planning practitioners who will test and assess innovative tools and services to help Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) development in European cities.

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If you are working on smart grids and renewable energy, this event may be of interest to you! Second "Vehicle 2 Grid" conference & SEEV4-City launch event, 11-12 May in Amsterdam

Electric vehicles, local renewable energy & smart ICT systems enable the city’s transition towards sustainability. The conference aims to provide solutions to advance the transition, focusing on possibilities emerging in city life.

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CityLab workshop "Growth of Electric Freight and Consolidation in Urban Logistics"

The London CITYLAB implementation is a trial of a scaling-up of a business model run by a large parcel carrier specialised in B2B deliveries (TNT) and a small ‘last-mile’ carrier specialised in electric freight deliveries (Gnewt Cargo).

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NOVELOG Turin Workshop ‘Green solutions for the urban logistics’ - 5/04/2017

The NOVELOG Turin Workshop ‘Green solutions for the urban logistics’ is the fourth of six NOVELOG city workshops. It includes a technical visit of 5T (Telematic Technologies Transports Traffic Torino), to show how the vehicles involved in the NOVELOG project are monitored by the traffic control room of the City of Turin.

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Electromobility Stakeholder Forum: Europe needs to move up a gear to make e-mobility happen

Electrification is widely considered as a viable strategy for reducing the oil dependency and environmental impacts of road transportation. Managing this transition and accelerating the electric vehicles deployment was the main focus of the European Electromobility Stakeholder Forum, which came back to Brussels for its 5th edition on 22-23 March. Organised by flagship projects on electromobility, FREVUE, I-CVUE and ZeEUS and supported by the European Commission, this annual event has brought together over 300 representatives from government, industry, academia, and other professionals from the transport sector.

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2nd ELIPTIC webinar: E-bus planning supported with simulation tools

Simulation tools help public authorities in the planning of e-bus systems and electrification of their fleets. This topic will be presented during the 2nd ELIPTIC webinar from 10:00 to 11:30 CET on 7 April 2017. Simulations are an integral part of the work in the use cases of Pillar A “Safe integration of e-Buses using existing electric public transport infrastructure” of the ELIPTIC project.

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News from the institutions

EU target to reduce serious injuries and road safety statistics 2016 published

The 2016 road safety statistics released by the European Commission show a drop of 2% in the number of fatalities. The statistics for the first time include numbers about people suffering serious injuries following accidents. An EU target to reduce serious injuries by 50% by 2030 has been agreed upon at this week's Road Safety Informal Council meeting in Malta, which Polis attended.

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Around Europe and beyond

UK guide to C-ITS communication technology options - policy implications

The UK’s Transport Technology Forum, an independent voluntary body, has produced a guide about communication technologies for C-ITS which is intended to support policy developments.

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