InfoPolis #178
January 2018

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Dear members,

First of all, I would like to wish you a happy and healthy 2018! I hope you had a nice holiday break!

I am glad to open this first issue of InfoPolis by announcing the new discussion paper that Polis and its Working Group on Traffic Efficiency & Mobility (TE&M WG) has released yesterday on road vehicle automation. The paper has the purpose to bring your perspectives on this key topic to policy makers, industry and researchers, and in particular to the European Commission and to national governments who are strongly supporting the research on AVs. Cities and regions want to ensure that the benefits that automated cars may bring in do not undermine the achievements of sustainable urban mobility, in terms of congestion, environmental and health impact.

Polis is looking forward to a fruitful discussion on which policies regional and transport authorities around Europe and beyond will take in order to ensure positive outcomes from the AVs deployment. The Polis paper is available here and you can also read more about it in this newsletter.

Please login to the Polis website as a member to access all information addressed to Polis members only (green headlines). If you do not remember your login details, don’t hesitate to contact us.

For now, I wish you a pleasant read.

Kind regards,


Karen Vancluysen


Polis will join panel debate at MaaS Market in London on 20-21 February. Polis members entitled to discounted registration fee.

More info here: https://www.maas-market.com/events/london-uk-2018

Polis will join international stakeholders and experts at first International Transport Forum Cycling Safety Roundtable - Paris, 29 - 30 January.

More info here: https://www.itf-oecd.org/cycling-safety-roundtable

On 30 January, Florinda Boschetti will join a panel debate at the 2018 “Assises européennes de la transition énergétique”, in Geneva.

More info here: http://bit.ly/2E40m25

Registration has opened for the European Commission's 5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans on 14 and 15 May in Nicosia, Cyprus.

For more information, visit www.eltis.org/sump2018.


Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

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Polis launches discussion paper on automated vehicles

Polis has launched its discussion paper on automated road vehicles, which offers the perspective of city and regional transport authorities on AV developments and their potential impacts on city and regional mobility.

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Members in action

First Danish Light Rail opens in Polis member Aarhus

The first stretch of the first stage of Aarhus Light Rail was inaugurated on the 21st of December. The Light Rail – the first of its kind in Denmark - will improve mobility and environment while also work as a driver for urban development.

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Utrecht Spring Conference 2018: “Managing Urban Change and Growth; Connectivity – Lifestyles - Governance”

Polis member Utrecht has announced the upcoming Utrecht Spring Conference 2018 (23-25 May), organised in partnership with Metrex. Building on the “Learning Cities Platform” event held in Utrecht in 2012, the conference will provide professionals and thinkers from all around Europe with a unique opportunity to explore new ways to approach urban development.

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European projects

New release: European cities and regions' SUMP Needs Assessment Report

In 2017 a large survey on the status of Sustainable urban mobility planning in Europe was conducted engaging urban mobility practitioners from more than 300 European cities, interviews with experts from 10 EU Member States, and a focus group meeting with 17 major to medium-sized European cities. The results are now available.

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SEEV4-City Newsflash: Combining electric vehicles and renewable-energy sources

The first SEEV4-City Newsflash was released in December 2017. Read more about smart static EV charging in Amsterdam and subscribe to receive regular updates.

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Urban C-ITS workshop - Dublin - 22/03/18

The final workshop of the CODECS C-ITS City Pool will be hosted by Dublin City Council on 22 March 2018. The workshop will provide an opportunity to continue the city-focused discussions about C-ITS, including, what is the deployment status and prospects today, where can C-ITS bring benefit for transport authorities and what role could they play in the connected/C-ITS world of tomorrow.

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"Decongesting Europe: New approaches to freeing our cities", FLOW and TRACE final conference - Brussels 13-14 March 2018

The CIVITAS FLOW and TRACE projects have joined forces and invite you to a final interactive conference on 13-14th March 2018 in Brussels titled “Decongesting Europe: New approaches to freeing our cities”.

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News from the institutions

Get Involved in the post-2020 MFF Consultations — Deadline 8 March 2018

In 2018, the European Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). A series of public consultations has been launched to give citizens, organisations and businesses the opportunity to express their views online until 8 March 2018.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

FrontierCities2 call for proposals in the Smart Cities sector

Funded under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, frontierCities 2 is offering up to EUR 75,000 equity free funding for projects with FIWARE-powered solutions and applications in the Smart Urban domain. SMEs and start ups clustered in local Smac City initiatives can be eligible.

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Around Europe and beyond

New UCL report assesses the implications of MaaS on car ownership and public transport

A new report by the UCL Energy Institute assesses “Londoners’ attitudes towards car-ownership and Mobility-as-a-Service’. It suggests that Londoners believe that MaaS will improve the quality of daily travelling.

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Join the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum & Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place – 21 February, Brussels

Learn from successful projects on financing climate adaptation, clean urban transport, energy efficiency in public assets and home renovation in cities and regions, as well as initiatives working across Europe to facilitate the market for climate and sustainable energy finance. Practitioners will provide their concrete experience in the development of bankable investment pipelines in dedicated interactive workshops. Registrations are now open!

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Bikeable City Masterclass - Learn from the Danish Cycling Culture on May 14-18, 2018

The Cycling Embassy of Denmark is hosting a Bikeable City Masterclass on May 14-18, 2018 in Copenhagen and Odense, Denmark. The masterclass targets policy and decision makers, urban planners, NGOs and other relevant actors committed to create more liveable and bikeable cities.

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Join the Transport Research Arena 2018 – Vienna, 16-19 April

The 7th edition of the Transport Research Arena, the biggest European Transport Research and Technology Conference, will take place from 16 to 19 April 2018 in Vienna under the motto “A Digital Era for Transport – solutions for society, economy and environment”.

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Join the Conference: "One Million Electric Vehicles Just Around the Corner - What Next?"

The conference is organised by the Platform for Electromobility, of which Polis is a member. It will take place in the Member's Restaurant of the European Parliament on February 27, 2018, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CET).

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European Cities Could Avoid up to 10,000 Premature Deaths by Expanding Cycling Networks

A study published in ‘Preventive Medicine’ found associations between cycling network length, transport mode share and related health impacts. The analysis of data from 167 European cities suggests that the length of cycling infrastructures is associated with a cycling mode share of up to 24.7%. The study also estimates that if all the assessed cities achieved this mode share, over 10,000 premature deaths could be avoided annually. The analysis is part of European Commission funded Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches (PASTA) project which ended in October 2017.

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Urban Transitions 2018 conference is accepting abstracts until 8 June

The Urban Transitions 2018 conference on Integrating Urban and Transport Planning, Environment and Health for Healthier Urban Living will take place on 25-27 November 2018 in Sitges, Barcelona Spain.

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Deadline for ITF 2018 Awards - 4 February

There is time until February 4, 2018, to apply for the annual Transport Awards, which will be assigned at the International Transport Forum Annual Summit in Leipzig on May 23-25, 2018.

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