InfoPolis #168
June 2017

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Dear members,

During the Velo-City conference hosted by Polis member Arnhem-Nijmegen, the first proposal for an EU Cycling Strategy was handed over to the European Transport Commissioner for Transport Mrs. Violeta Bulc. The EU Cycling Strategy - which contains recommendations to the EU institutions to ensure that cycling has an equal status in EU policy to other transport modes - is the result of a long multi-stakeholder consultation process which included Polis and its members among other experts.

Still on the cycling subject, we are pleased to announce that the next Working Group meeting on Bike Sharing Schemes will be hosted by Polis member Manchester, on 26 September 2017 back to back with the second UK Bike Share conference on 27-28. The next Polis working group on health and transport will take place in Paris, on 18-19 October 2017. You are invited to send your proposals to contribute to the programme by 14th July! Polis has funds available to cover travel costs for 15 local authorities. This working group meeting will be organised in conjunction with Autonomy, an international event on the future of urban mobility with which Polis has signed a new partnership. Read more in this newsletter.

Finally, I am very happy to inform you that we received many interesting abstracts as a response to our annual conference call for speakers. The Polis team is currently selecting the best presentations in order to deliver you again an excellent and innovative Polis conference programme, which we will launch next week!

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For now, I wish you a pleasant read.

Kind regards,

Karen Vancluysen


Karen Vancluysen moderated a session on cycling officers’ secrets at Velocity

More info: https://www.velo-city2017.com

Karen Vancluysen gave a presentation on electromobility in cities at the GREAT project mid-term conference in Copenhagen

More info: www.great-region.org


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A EU Cycling Strategy: Handover to EU Commissioner for Transport

The EU Cycling Strategy will be handed over to EU Commissioner for Transport Mrs. Violeta Bulc at Velo-city Conference 2017 on Friday, June 16 in Arnhem-Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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New Polis partnership with Autonomy, the annual international event on the future of urban mobility

Autonomy gathers the world’s most important, cutting edge mobility solutions and all new mobility players under one roof. The focus of Autonomy is to speed up the transition to active, shared, electric and autonomous mobility. For the 2017 edition, Polis is partnering with Autonomy to bring new insights and innovative ideas on sustainable mobility directly from European cities and regions at workhop on 19 October!

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Members in action

Polis member Leuven wins the European Green Leaf award for 2018

The Belgian city of Leuven together with the city of Växjö (Sweden) wins the title of European Green Leaf 2018. The capital of Norway, Oslo, wins the European Green Capital Award for 2019. The title was awarded by the EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, at the awards ceremony in Essen (Germany), which is the current European Green Capital.

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European projects

CITYLAB Observatory: new trends impacting urban logistics

As part of the CITYLAB ongoing Observatory of issues affecting urban logistics, the project has identified some of the most important trends in e-commerce, ‘instant’ deliveries, logistics land use and urban sprawl in a 16-page summary document

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The new CoEXist project has started!

On 8 June 2017 the new H2020 CoEXist project kicked off in Versailles, France. The project aims at preparing cities and mobility stakeholders to get ready towards a shared road network with an increasing number of connected and automated vehicles.

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Successful final conference in London for FREVUE

Cross-River Partnership and Polis presented the results of the FREVUE project with all of their 30 project partners, including the Polis city members: Amsterdam (NL), London (UK), Madrid (ES), Milan (IT) and Rotterdam (NL) at the FREVUE final conference on Wednesday 21st June 2017, at the City of London Corporation’s Guildhall.

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Around Europe and beyond

Assessing the health impact of transport policies

Some key urban transport policy measures can lead to positive effects on people’s health, while others have few benefits or can be harmful to public health, a new study has found.

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