InfoPolis #163
April 2017

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Dear members,

Since 2009 Polis has been an active member of the European Road Safety Charter together with several Polis members. The Charter is the largest civil society platform on road safety which today includes over 3,200 public and private entities. To further strengthen road safety culture across Europe, the Charter has recently launched a call for good practices that have proven to be successful in increasing road safety. The deadline for submission of such good practice is 15 April 2017 and you will find more information in this newsletter.

Several Working Group meetings are scheduled for this month, 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 with new speakers being announced, and the Polis-EPA parking working group meeting on 27 April in Brussels, with now a final agenda online.

Please make sure to be logged in as a member to the Polis website to also have access to events restricted to the membership. This is especially vital to access information on Working Group meetings. If you do not remember your login details, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of the upcoming meetings and events and for now I wish you a pleasant read.

Kind regards,

Karen Vancluysen


Valetta declaration on Improving Road Safety published

Member States endorsed the Valetta declaration on 29 March, which sets a target to reduce serious injuries in Europe by 50% by 2020. All documents are now available online.

Presentations, report and pictures (including several Polis members) of the 29 March conference ‘Opportunities for a Knowledge and Innovation Community in Urban Mobility’ now online

More info here.


Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

Polis Network News

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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New speakers confirmed - Polis-EPA parking working group meeting 27 April - registrations open

Polis and EPA join forces to discuss parking issues in cities. The joint working group will meet on the 27th of April in Brussels. On the agenda: parking and urban planning, enforcement and the role of parking apps. Registrations are open!

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Members in action

Brussels to host Belgian Road Congress

Brussels hosts the 23rd edition of the Belgian Road Congress, which is to take place at SQUARE-Brussels Meeting Centre from Wednesday 4 until Friday 6 October 2017. The Belgian Road Congress is organised every four years, and is not to be missed by professionals dealing with designing, constructing, managing and operating roads.

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Velo-city, the largest cycling conference is hosted this year by Polis member Arnhem - Nijmegen Region. Registrations are open!

The main theme of Velo-city 2017 is ‘The Freedom of Cycling’, as cycling has a major impact on the well being of our citizens and makes our cities more livable and enjoyable. Themes like Governance, Infrastructure, People, Bikenomics and Urban Planning are the main topics of this edition. In addition, it will explore the Dutch story and the relation between health and sustainability.

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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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News from the institutions

European Transport Innovation Challenge 2017: young and creative transport innovators wanted! Apply by May 2

The European Commission has just launched the European Transport Innovation Challenge 2017, a new recognition award being offered to young transport innovators for the first time this year.

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Urban transport roadmaps: a web-based tool to help cities develop sustainable mobility strategies

The urban transport roadmaps tool is a web-based tool to help city authorities develop urban transport roadmaps that address the most pressing environmental, social and economic issues faced by their transportation systems between now and 2030.

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European Road Safety Charter: call for good practices extended to 15 April 2017

The European Road Safety Charter is the largest civil society platform on road safety which today includes over 3,200 public and private entities. Road safety actions and initiatives have strengthened road safety culture across Europe, improved common knowledge about the causes of accidents and helped to create preventative measures and solutions.

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'Noise in Europe' conference, 24th April, Brussels

In the European Union, more than 120 million people suffer from noise levels that are considered to have a negative effect on health. On 24th April 2017, the European Commission will be holding the 'Noise in Europe' conference in Brussels, to present and discuss the latest scientific evidence on the negative impacts of noise from transport on human health.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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