InfoPolis #200
February 2019

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Dear members,

Our next Polis Working Group on Governance & Integration, taking place on 25-26 February, will focus on new & shared mobility services and how these can be regulated and aligned with local policy goals. For that purpose, we’re bringing all new mobility service providers to the meeting as well, to engage in an open dialogue towards the best way forward in public-private cooperation. More information can be found here.

The next day, on 27 of February the Polis meeting of the Clean Vehicle and Air Quality Working Group will take place in Brussels. The meeting is organised in cooperation with Brussels Environment and will focus on “Zero emission cities: exchange of best-practices between EU cities and regions”. More information can be found here.

Please also note that on 25 March 2019 from 14.00-16.00, we will organise a webinar for our newly established SMC Platform, that brings together the Small and Medium-sized cities within Polis and gives them a dedicated platform to discuss governance issues, challenges and solutions that are inherent to their shape and size. At the same time, the SMC Platform wants to promote SMC’s to the outside world as living laboratories for innovation. During the webinar, we want to identify the SMC’s specific needs and interests and agree on 2019 priorities. The aim is also to collect success stories of how SMCs have been deploying transport innovations as part of their local mobility policies, which we can use for promotion purposes.

We hope to see you soon at one of our meetings!

For now, I wish you a good read.

Karen Vancluysen

Secretary General


Report on results from road transport research in H2020 projects now available

More info here.


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Members in action

New evidence to present the economic benefits of investment in walking and cycling

"Alongside improving health and the environment, investment in walking and cycling can achieve considerable economic benefits" says new report published by Transport for London. A summary pack containing the best evidence from London and elsewhere is now available to all local goverments interested in making the economic case for walking and cycling investment.

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Madrid is granting a permit to 18 electric-scooter operators

Following the recent adoption of a new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance (Ordenanza de Movilidad) last October 2018, Madrid City Council has granted 18 authorizations for shared electric scooter services in town.

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Cities sought for Traffic Management as a Service replicator programme

Cities interested in Traffic Management as a Service (TMaaS) are invited to join a replicator programme by the city of Ghent, the architect of this approach. The essence of TMaaS is an online platform offering local government and citizens an efficient and multimodal view of what is happening in a city in real-time.

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Lisbon announced as host city of the next European edition of Velo-city 2021

Another Polis member, Lisbon, is to host the next European edition of the annual Velo-city cycling conference in 2021. This year, the conference will be hosted by Dublin in June 2019.

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Flexigo: a new flexible on demand transport system available in Île-de-France

A new on demand public transport service will be launched as of June 2019 in Île-de-France to cover the suburbs of the Paris region.

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Smart Mobility Dashboard ManyWays launches in Brussels

ManyWays, a smart mobility platform, launched in Brussels in February. The dashboard displays real-time mobility data sourced from numerous technical platforms in an interactive map.

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European projects

Register now! Urban Nodes Forum, 3-4 April 2019, Budapest

The first URBAN NODES FORUM in Budapest (3-4 April) focuses on the central role of Urban Nodes in the TEN-T networks and is organised as part of the VITALNODES project, in which Polis is involved.

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Register now! BuyZET Final event, 14 May 2019

BuyZET aims to achieve zero emission deliveries through smart procurement. The final event take place on 14 May 2019 in Brussels.

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The path towards making cities "Automation-Ready"

A new resource is now available for local authorities who want to be ahead of the curve regarding the arrival of automated vehicles in urban areas. The Automation-Ready Framework has been prepared within the H2020 CoEXist project, using the experience of Helmond, Gothenburg, Stuttgart and Milton-Keynes and based - among other references - on Polis discussion paper on automation.

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News from the institutions

Commission releases criteria for Green Public Procurement of road transport services

The European Commission has published the final EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for road transport. The GPP criteria aim to help contracting authorities in their purchase of green vehicles and road transport services.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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Around Europe and beyond

New ETSC report on speeding and the vital role of in-vehicle technology

On urban roads, where 37% of all EU road deaths occur, the researchers found that between 35% and 75% of vehicle speed observations were higher than the legal speed. The report was launched by the European Transport Safety Council ahead of an important vote in the European Parliament.

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