InfoPolis #169
July 2017

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Dear members,

I am happy to announce that the draft version of the 2017 Polis conference programme has been released last week! Please, make sure to secure your seats as soon as possible for our annual highlight, this time taking place on 6th and 7th December in Brussels.

Polis members can register for free. As usual, our Annual General Assembly is scheduled the day prior to the conference, the 5th of December. All you need to know about the Polis conference and the practical information is available on the dedicated Polis conference webpage. Further details will follow soon.

If you are interested in joining the next Polis working group on health and transport to be held in Paris, on 18-19 October 2017, don’t forget to send your proposals to contribute to the programme by 14th July!

As usual, InfoPolis also informs you about interesting outcomes from Polis and Polis’ members work in projects, upcoming funding opportunities and more. In this newsletter you will read more about the CIVITAS FLOW 15 Quick Facts, a brand new publication which collects evidence on how walking and cycling measures reduce urban congestion while improving the quality of life in our cities.

Please login to the Polis website as a member to access all information addressed to Polis members only (green headline). If you do not know your login details, please contact us.

For now, I wish you a pleasant read.

Kind regards,

Karen Vancluysen


A U.S. delegation sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) visited the Polis Secretariat on June 30 on a study visit to Brussels.

Delegates are conducting a Global Benchmarking Study on Shared Mobility. Previously they had visited Paris and Munich.

Polis presented its views on Mobility as a Service at the Fluidtime Symposium in Vienna.

More info here: http://bit.ly/2tksrP5


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Polis Network News

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Travel funds available to Local Authorities for the “Active Travel for Healthy Cities” workshop, 19 October 2017 in Paris

Polis, in cooperation with PASTA project will host the workshop “Active Travel for Healthy Cities” during Autonomy’s Urban Mobility Summit in Paris. The workshop aims to present the new Health economic assessment tool (HEAT) and city case studies of the use of HEAT to inform sound transport policy and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP).

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Registration open for European Road Safety Summer School

Polis along with the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge VSV, ETSC, IMOB and Road Safety GB invite cities to the European Road Safety Summer School 2017. It takes place in Mechelen, Belgium from 28 August to 1 September. Registration is now open.

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2017 Polis Conference: Programme launched and registrations open!

The draft programme of the 2017 Annual Polis Conference "Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions" has been released.

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Parking and behaviour: Polis, CROW and EPA invite you to a joint workshop

On Tuesday 19 September, from 13.30 to 17.00, Polis, CROW and EPA organize a workshop on parking and behavior in Rotterdam.

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Members in action

Île-de-France Mobilités is set to launch an electric bicycle service with a long-term lease

The new service aims to encourage the Francilians (the inhabitants of the Ile-de-France region that includes Paris and its wider urban area) to shift means of transport towards the bicycle, especially when commuting to work. STIF will launch a call for tenders this summer with the service to start in spring 2019. Objective: 20 000 e-bikes leased at a monthly rate of 40 euros "maximum".

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Promising results of Leuven's new circulation plan

Last year, the city of Leuven introduced a new traffic circulation plan, aiming to keep the inner city liveable and accessible. Counts and measurements have now shown that car traffic in the inner city is indeed decreasing while the number of cyclists grows.

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European projects

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How walking and cycling reduce congestion: FLOW Quick Facts published in 7 languages

What happens when you remove a car lane to put in a new bicycle lane? Or you give pedestrians more time to cross a busy road? FLOW published a new collection of Quick Facts from cities who measured the impact pedestrian and cyclist measures have on congestion.

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EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Webinar for Small Cities

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK organizes its first webinar for small municipalities on Tuesday, 18th of July. Join us!

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Joint FREVUE-ELIPTIC Workshop: 13 September in Barcelona

The EU projects FREVUE & ELIPTIC will hold a joint workshop for local authorities in Barcelona on Wednesday 13th September. Cities interested in the use of PT electric infrastructure for charging urban electric freight vehicles are welcome!

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First REFORM Newsletter is available

The first REFORM newsletter is available. REFORM is an Interreg Europe project which focuses on the role of regional authorities in the adoption of SUMPs by cities.

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News from the institutions

Road Safety Awards: Commission rewards initiatives in Greece, France, Portugal, Romania and Sweden

At a ceremony in Bucharest, the European Commission presented today the Excellence in Road Safety Awards 2017 to five winners. This prize recognises commitments to road safety that have a significant impact on saving lives on Europe's roads.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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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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