InfoPolis #167
June 2017

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Dear members,

Spring is a vibrant time of the year, and last week was no exception when two major transport conferences were held: ECOMM on mobility management took place in Maastricht, while the International Transport Forum's (ITF) Annual Summit was held in Leipzig.

Polis hosted an Open Stage Café session on urban mobility innovation at ITF: The innovation support tools and planning instruments presented and the good practice examples from Polis members in key urban transport innovation areas met with great interest from the participants. Some expressed the wish to see Polis reach out with our experiences to cities in other regions of the world as well as share our innovation methodologies with the logistics sector.

We also launched the 8th edition of Thinking Cities last week, the urban transport innovation magazine jointly published by Polis and H3B media. This new issue was available for delegates of both aforementioned conferences and looks at the notion of change in the city, and how to achieve it. Read more below.

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For now, I wish you a pleasant read.

Kind regards,
Karen Vancluysen


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Polis Network News

New edition of Thinking Cities magazine released

The 8th edition of Polis and H3B's joint magazine Thinking Cities has been released. Hot off the press, this 84 page-strong magazine was distributed at the Polis' Open Stage Café session on urban mobility innovation at the ongoing International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig and at the ECOMM conference on mobility management in Maastricht.

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Polis members sharing experience on MaaS and AV developments

Some 25 Polis members attended the meeting of the Polis Traffic Efficiency & Mobility Working Group on 19 May to share views and experiences on the two topical themes of Mobility as a Services/MaaS and automated vehicle developments.

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Lessons from Dieselgate: what is next for cities? - Outcomes of the Polis mobility breakfast

On the 6th of June, Polis members London and Ghent, joined the chair of the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) of the European Parliament, Kathleen Van Brempt for the third Polis urban mobility breakfast ‘Lessons from Dieselgate: what is next for cities?’’

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Members in action

Polis and Polis members contributing to upcoming Velo-city cycling conference

Next to Polis member Arnhem-Nijmegen as host, members Dublin, Leuven, Nantes Metropole also contribute to an attractive programme of the 2017 Velo-city cycling conference, which will take place from 13th to 16th of June in the Arnhem and Nijmegen Region of the Netherlands. Polis hosts a panel debate.

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EVs in Arnhem powered by electricity from braking buses

Since 24 May, electric vehicles in the Dutch city Arnhem can be powered by electricity obtained from braking buses.

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European projects

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CIVITAS SUMPs-Up call for planning authorities: deadline to apply extended to 7th June 2017

The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project recently launched its first call for applications for planning authorities to join its Innovation Pilot Pool (IPP). A total of 50 participants with different profiles will be recruited, and all local authorities can apply. Application is open until Wednesday 7th June 2017.

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FLOW project provides webinars, e-courses and market catalogue

The FLOW project offers e-courses on modelling that includes pedestrians and cyclists. In its latest newsletter, the project also announces the launch of its Online Market Catalogue listing European transport planning companies with expertise in walking, cycling and modelling.

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Cities are invited to join the BuyZET City Observer Group

The EU-funded BuyZET project aims to understand and optimise the impact of public procurement activities on transport patterns in cities – and to find innovative and sustainable delivery solutions for goods and services.

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Joint Declaration of Intent for electric freight vehicles: Join the initiative

Polis supports the joint Declaration of Intent (DoI) for electric freight vehicles developped in the framework of the FREVUE project. In order to accelerate the transition towards zero-emissions, cities, regions and local freight operators can support this initiative and sign the DoI.

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Cities perspective on C-ITS summarised in CIMEC publication

CIMEC has published a booklet providing a round up of the main project findings on the subject of C-ITS deployment in cities.

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News from the institutions

EC adopts legislative proposal concerning multi-modal information

The EC has just adopted a legislative proposal (in the form of a delegated regulation) concerning the provision of access to transport data, essentially public transport and other types of mobility services. This data, both static and dynamic, has to be made available via a national access point in a specified format over the 2019-2021 period.

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European Commission launches first part of its long-awaited 'Mobility Package'

Under the heading 'Europe on the Move: Commission takes action for clean, competitive and connected mobility', the EC is taking action for a fundamental modernisation of European mobility and transport. The aim is to help the sector to stay competitive in a socially fair transition towards clean energy and digitalisation. Several parts of this mobility package are highly relevant for cities and regions. Polis is planning for concrete follow-up.

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Around Europe and beyond

International Transport Forum elects Korea’s Young Tae Kim as new Secretary-General

Dr. Young Tae Kim has been chosen as the new Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF) by the transport ministers of ITF member countries at their annual summit in Leipzig, Germany, on 1 June.

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Sustainable Energy Week - Energy systems for smart mobility

ERRIN, European Regions Research and Innovation Network, and Polis are organising an event on “Energy systems for smart mobility” during the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2017).

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