InfoPolis #187
June 2018

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Dear members,

Polis has set up the Governance pillar and WG to offer a dedicated platform for regular exchange between members on more horizontal and transversal mobility policy topics such as innovation & disruption, financing, SUMPs, smart cities, access restrictions, citizens participation etc. Our new horizontal Pillar dedicated to Governance will officially kick off on 3 - 4 July in Paris with a joint Political Group – Governance Working Group meeting.

On 3 July Polis members will meet high-level experts on transport innovation of the OECD’s International Transport Forum at the ITF headquarters to discuss the potential as well as challenges of emerging transport innovations for transport policy and public authorities. ITF experts will share their insights and recommendations with Polis members on shared and new mobility services, automation, blockchain approaches for MaaS, drones for urban freight delivery, and smart kerbside management. On 4 July, we will discuss how to safeguard citizens’ health and well-being through access regulations. Congestion and air pollution leave no choice for policy makers, but to take drastic measures which might meet with resistance or are unpopular at first. What are the risks and opportunities linked to implementing low-emission zones, congestion charging or other access regulation/pricing measures? The 2-day meeting will end with a site visit in the region of Ile-de-France and the city of Paris.

Join us in this discussion together with other members of the network who will share their bold approaches with us. Please register through this link asap: https://goo.gl/forms/IGaRoedcGl8kKDWB2

We are looking forward to meeting many of you in Paris!

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I wish you a pleasant read!

Kind regards,

Karen Vancluysen


Polis Secretary General Karen Vancluysen opened Energy-Mobility Transition session

Part of the European Sustainable Energy Week, the event (5 June, Brussels) brought together cities and regions that are combining innovative renewable energy solutions with EV charging infrastructure. Read more.

New "Thinking Cities" can now be read online

This year's first "Thinking Cities" magazine features Manchester, Amsterdam, Milan, Barcelona, Bologna, Flanders, Catalonia, Dublin, London, Madrid, New York City, Paris and Rome and can now be read online here. Contact us to contribute to the November 2018 edition!

19 September is this year's European Day Without A Road Death (EDWARD)

On Monday, the 100 day countdown begins for this year's action day for no fatalities on Europe's roads. (#ProjectEDWARD)

Polis Secretary General Karen Vancluysen participated in an expert panel at the Outlook session of the ITF summit in Leipzig to discuss the major transport disruptions and innovations ahead of us.

The session recording is available here.

Polis will be at Transports publics summit in Paris on 14 June 2018

The session will be on INCLUSION, the H2020 project on accessible and inclusive mobility solutions. More info here.


Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

Polis Network News

Securing the Future of Urban Mobility Research & Innovation in Europe

In its recent position paper, Polis would like to highlight some needs and points of attention in view of the current discussions and negotiations regarding Horizon Europe, the upcoming 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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Cities' road safety efforts in the spotlight at Polis' side event at International Transport Forum

On 23 May, more than 60 delegates of the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, discussed road safety priorities in cities and regions at a side event. Polis organised the event in cooperation with ETSC, iRAP, NACTO, New York City, the Open Transport Partnership and Volvo Group and contributed to increasing attention for the local level at this year's ITF summit. NYC presented their way towards "Vision Zero", for which it was presented the 2018 Transport Achievement Award the day after.

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Members in action

Madrid Approves New Mobility Ordinance to Make Mobility Safer and More Sustainable

The new mobility by-law, elaborated by Madrid's Department for Environment and Mobility, aims to increase road safety, favour public over private transport and promote walking and cycling.

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Brussels region launches ComOn, the new "Tinder for carpooling"

The Brussels capital region has launched a new app that helps people to find the right ‘transportation match’ in order to share the journeys to and from work.

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Leaders gather in Tallinn to plan free public transport

Leaders from municipalities, researchers and civic activists from all over the World came to Tallinn in May to discuss free public transport at the conference "Free Public Transport for all. Dream or reality".

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European projects

Subscribe to the INCLUSION project newsletter!

The EU funded project INCLUSION is looking at various aspects related to transport poverty, accessibility and social inclusion with a specific focus on vulnerable user categories in remote urban and rural areas across Europe.

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CIVITAS Webinar: Can Mobility as a Service contribute to sustainable mobility and how to establish it successfully?

Join this webinar to hear about the chances, risks and opportunities that arise from MaaS, from a researcher’s perspective and a city network. Learn from Turku about smart integration into transport policies and understand how Vienna managed to establish its own MaaS. The webinar will take place on 26 June 2018, 11 AM CEST.


Register now

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New report release: Standards for Developing a SUMP Action Plan

The report provides city planners with guidance on what to include in their Action Plans in terms of responsibilities, resources, stakeholder coordination, time plans, and funding sources. It contains good examples of action plan documents and templates, alongside a user manual.

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Three new manuals give advice on SUMP measure selection

Three new manuals provide guidance on a topic crucial to SUMP development - measure selection for and the integration of measure packages into a SUMP. There are three manuals, one for beginner, intermediate, and advanced cities respectively.

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Invitation to EGVIA Workshop: EVs and their integration into the grid, Brussels

The #EVinthegrid2018 workshop aims at highlighting the challenges and potential solutions for a large scale uptake of electro-mobility in European cities and peri-urban areas.

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News from the institutions

Commission begins search for 2021 European Green Capital and 2020 European Green Leaf Award winners!

The European Commission has launched the competition and the search for the 2021 European Green Capital and 2020 European Green Leaf Award winning cities.

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Third Mobility Package includes road safety initiatives and new vehicle safety standards

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission published new transport policy proposals known as the ‘Third Mobility Package’ (see Polis news from 24 May, for Polis members). Among the proposals are 4 road safety items, which ETSC explains and summarizes in a concise briefing document.

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JASPERS-European Commission-UITP Workshop on Bus fleet renewal through deployment of clean and efficient vehicles

All interested parties are invited to join this seminar coorganised by JASPERS, the European Commission and UITP. It will take place on 26-27 June at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

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