InfoPolis #204
April 2019

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Dear members,

We are back from the Easter break with some exciting news. As some of you may know, this year marks the 30th Anniversary of Polis. To celebrate this with you, we are hosting a cocktail party on 20 June 2019 in Brussels. We hope to see many of you there!

The joint Working Group meeting on Active Travel and Road Safety, taking place on 8 May in Brussels, is approaching. We look forward to discussing cities’ safety challenges and needs with EC Road Safety Coordinator Matthew Baldwin. If you have not registered yet, you can do so here. The programme is available here. The meeting will be followed by the CEDR conference  on "Modal choice in a multimodal transport system" on 9 May.

I wish you a pleasant read.

Karen Vancluysen

Secretary General


Safe walking, cycling, new mobility services

This week is the last chance to register for the Polis Working Group on 8 May, discussing active travel and road safety: https://www.polisnetwork.eu/safeactivetravel


Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

Polis Network News

Polis supports the ongoing Stakeholders Consultation for the Urban Agenda for the EU - Call for contributions

With the help of Polis, stakeholders and the European Commission are proactively discussing the New Mobility Services Area and the Urban Agenda for the European Union.

As a consequence of this proactive partnership, the ongoing Stakeholder Consultation is a promising result that Polis supports.

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2019 ITS Europe Congress for cities and regions

Polis is delighted to be supporting this year's European ITS Congress, hosted by Polis members the cities of Eindhoven and Helmond, taking place from 3-6 June under the banner 'Fulfilling ITS promises'.

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Members in action

Île-de-France steps it up with 641 new clean buses for the Grande Couronne

Following the announcement that the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) has awarded the contract for the construction of 800 electric buses to three French companies, Île-de-France Mobilités voted on April 17 a massive first order of clean (CNG and electric) buses for the Moyenne and Grande Couronnes.

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Join the Green Week partner event: Urban Vehicle Restrictions - How to achieve stakeholder support?

On Wednesday 15 May 2019, during the Green Week partner event: "Urban Vehicle Restrictions - How to achieve stakeholder support?", London and Brussels will each present their newest local schemes and debate on the health and social impacts of low emission zones based on the available scientific evidence supporting the implementation of urban low emission zones (LEZ).

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Greater Manchester and Lisbon are EU sustainable mobility awards winners

Polis President, Transpport for Greater Manchester won the 7th EU SUMP Award while Lisbon, receieved the 2018 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award. Dresden & Basel, and Gdynia & Palma are the runners up of the awards that European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, presented during a ceremony in Brussels.

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European projects

The eHUBS project kicks off

The goal: A shift from private cars to shared electric mobility.

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14 May 2019: Rotterdam, Brussels and Southampton presenting they procurement strategies for zero emission transport

BuyZET has just released a draft agenda for its final event taking place in Brussels on 14 May 2019. Registration is open until 9 May.

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European and Latin American cities exchange experience how to make urban mobility safe and sustainable

Budapest, Lisbon, London and Madrid met with Latin American cities to share experience on "Safe and low-carbon urban mobility". A workshop was organised by UEMI and Polis on 9 April in Buenos Aires with the support of FUTURE-RADAR that allowed the cities to exchanging of knowledge beyond Europe.

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Urban Nodes Forum - presentations and pictures now available!

The Vital Nodes project aims to enable efficient, sustainable freight delivery across the TEN-T urban nodes (metropolitan areas). The first URBAN NODES FORUM took place on 3-4 April in Budapest.

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Urban traffic management and vehicle automation

As the MAVEN project enters its final straight, it will hold an event in Helmond on 6 June, taking advantage of the ITS congress, to share its main findings and conclusions.

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News from the institutions

European Parliament backs new vehicle safety standards

The European Parliament has given the green light to new minimum EU vehicle safety requirements that will come into force from 2022. The vote by the full parliament, at its last session of this mandate, follows a provisional deal reached by the EU institutions last month.

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The European Road Safety Charter is calling for Good Practice submissions

All submissions are eligible to win the Excellence in Road Safety Award. Submission deadline is 15 May 2019. Local authorities are encouraged to participate, including in the new special 'school challenge'.

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Around Europe and beyond

Three reasons to attend the SUMP Conference in Groningen this year

With the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans a little more than one month away, we explore the main reasons why you should attend.

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Olli Fleet Challenge: an opportunity to test autonomous shuttles in your city

The Olli Fleet Challenge is open to cities, developers, businesses and other public private organisations that want the opportunity to test a fleet of Olli – a 3D-printed, autonomous shuttle – for their desired use-case.

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ITF launches a new report on “Road Safety in European Cities”

This reports benchmarks road safety performance for 72 urban areas, mostly in Europe.

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Survey on impact assessment of urban freight transport solutions

The Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory (TTLog) of the University of Thessaly, Greece, is conducting an extended survey on “Impact Assessment of Urban Freight Transport (UFT) Solutions”.

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