InfoPolis #198
January 2019

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Dear members,

First of all, I would like to wish you a happy, healthy and successful 2019!

Our agenda for the beginning of the year is already quite busy. On 25-26 February, the Polis Working Group on Governance and Integration will hold its second meeting in Brussels on the topic of “Regulating new and shared mobility services”. The day after, on 27 February, the Clean Vehicles and Air Quality Working Group will gather for an exchange of best practices on zero-emission cities. That makes for an intense three days of interesting discussions: make sure to be there!

The deadline to join the last SUMPs-Up Learning Programme has been extended to Thursday 31 January. This is an excellent opportunity to get advice and support on how to finance and procure services for your Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.

For an overview of the key events of 2019, please visit the dedicated page on our website. Talking about key event, please save the dates of this year’s AGA and Polis Conference: 26-28 November in Brussels!

I wish you a good read.

Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


Polis invited to present in Paris City Council on the future of the boulevard périphérique

On 15 January Florinda Boschetti presented European examples in sustainable mobility planning to the 15th Commission. More info here.

Check out the overview of upcoming Polis Working Group meetings and 2019 key events

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Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

Polis Network News

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Save the date: Polis-ITF Working Group on road safety on 16-18 October 2019

Lisbon will host the 4th joint road safety workshop between Polis and the International Transport Forum's "Safer City Street". Save 16-18 October 2019 in your calendars. The previous joint workshop was held back to back to the 2018 Polis Conference on 20 and 21 November 2018 and marked the launch of the first global urban road safety benchmark.

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Members in action

Boosting innovation at interregional level in the mobility sector

The Safe and Sustainable Mobility partnership is organising a meeting on 24 January in Brussels to mark the launch of this new partnership which has been created by several regional authorities to promote a bottom-up approach to industrial innovation in the automotive sector.

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Polis member Lisbon will host Velo-City in 2021

Polis Member Lisbon will be the host city of the 2021 edition of Velo-City, one of the world’s leading conference on planning for cycling-friendly cities. The Portuguese capital is the third Polis member to host one of the latest editions of the conference after Arnhem Nijmegen (2017) and Dublin (2019).

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ITS European Congress in Helmond: Deadline for Papers and Session Proposals Extended!

The ITS European Congress, organised by ERTICO and hosted by Polis members Eindhoven and Helmond, is extending the Call for Contributions deadline to 18 January 2019.

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European projects

Call to join next round of SUMP Learning Programme extended to 31st January

The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project has extended the call for local authorities to take part in its next SUMP Learning Programme to 31 January 2019. Up to 25 planning authorities have the chance to join the 6-month long learning activities starting in May 2019.

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Save the Date: URBAN NODES FORUM, 3-5 April, Budapest

For the first URBAN NODES FORUM in Budapest, we invite you as urban nodes representative, planners, infrastructure coordinators and operators, freight and logistic operators, or funding specialist in mobility, infrastructure, passenger transport and freight or logistics.

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MAVEN project fourth newsletter now available

MAVEN Managing Automated Vehicles Enhances Network is a project launched in September 2016 and is investigating the future traffic management of connected, cooperative and automated transport. In the fourth newsletter we report about the expert-group meeting and third stakeholder consultation in Greenwich last October.

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Research project launches survey on autonomous driving in European cities

AVENUE 21, a research project based at the future.lab of the Technical University of Vienna, is studying the possible roles of automated vehicles in the context of European cities.

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News from the institutions

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EC releases draft delegated act on C-ITS

Draft European legislation relating to the implementation of cooperative ITS has been published. The proposed delegated regulation does not mandate the deployment of C-ITS, rather it sets out the technical and legal specifications that must be adopted should C-ITS stations and services be implemented.

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EC study on internalisation of external costs in transport

The preliminary findings of the EC-funded study on the internalisation of the external costs of transport were presented at a conference in Brussels on 17 December. The study showed that the external costs of the transport system now amount to EUR 1 000 billion per year, with road transport making up the bulk of external costs at 75%, which is not surprising given the relative size of road transport compared to other modes.

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EC's ITS plans likely to apply to cities and regions

The European Commission has adopted the 2018-2022 Work Programme of the ITS Directive. It covers a range of areas including legally-binding rules relating to the publication of transport data in a standardised form covering all roads in Europe.

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Romanian EU Council Presidency: what’s in for transport?

On 1st January Romania took over the Presidency of the European Council. What are the implications on the transport sector? The environmental NGO Bellona has analysed the likely scenarios.

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Around Europe and beyond

Walk21 Conference in Rotterdam: call for contributions is open

Walk21 is the international charity dedicated to ensuring the right to walk and opportunity for everyone across the world. The next Walk21 Conference will be held in Rotterdam from 7 to 11 October 2019.

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Call for abstracts: 6th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation

The 6th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation will take place in Irvine, California on 10-13 September 2019. The title of the conference is “Insights, Inclusion, and Impact: Framing the Future for Women in Transportation”.

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UK consultation on adapting legal framework for automated vehicles

As part of a review of the UK’s legal framework to ensure it is ready for the arrival of automated vehicles, the Law Commission of England & Wales is seeking views on its preliminary findings and proposals. Its review covers many areas requiring legal adaptation, ranging from the role of the vehicle ‘user’ to adaptation of road rules.

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Covenant of Mayors upcoming events in January/February 2019

As a Covenant Supporter since 2010, Polis is pleased to share with you this overview of upcoming events organised by the Covenant of Mayors across Europe this January/February 2019. Save the dates to your calendar.

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6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

The 6th edition of the European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans will be held on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June 2019 in Groningen, The Netherlands.

The theme of the conference is 'Planning for Sustainable and Active Cities'.

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Opinion: EU needs clean vehicle procurement rules to boost e-mobility in cities

The Platform for Electromobility, of which Polis is a member, published an opinion piece on Euractiv on the rules for the procurement of clean vehicles.

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European Startup Prize for Mobility. Last days to apply!

Startups that want to shape tomorrow's mobility have time until Monday 21 January to apply for the second edition of the European Startup Prize for mobility.

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American transport platform publishes "Shared Mobility Playbook"

The US-based Transportation for America released a new “Playbook” to help cities think about how to best manage shared micromobility services like dockless bikes, electric scooters, and other new technologies that are rapidly being deployed in cities across the country.

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