Issue #67
December 2012

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Dear members,

Last week saw this year's highlight, the 2012 Polis Conference hosted by Polis president Perugia. More than 70 representatives of Polis member cities took the opportunity to showcase their transport achievements, to exchange with colleagues from across Europe and to shape the Polis workplan for 2013.

The high number of conference participants who actively engaged in the debate combined with the live streaming of the conference on the Polis website and delegates sharing their impressions live on twitter using #polis12 made the conference a big success. We thank all our members for their support and contributions!

At the Annual General Assembly prior to the conference the city of Perugia was re-elected for Polis presidency in 2013. Congratulations to the president! Read more about the elections below.

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Enjoy reading this year's penultimate issue of InfoPolis and we we wish all our members a pleasant Christmas time!

Yours sincerely,
Sylvain Haon
Secretary General


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Workshop: Reducing transport noise in cities

Are you working to reduce transport noise in your city? Last day to register to CityHush expert seminar & city workshop on 11 December in Stockholm!


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Polis Network News

2012 Polis Conference presentations available online

200 urban transport professionals gathered at this year's Annual Polis Conference in rainy Perugia last week, many more followed the conference online using the live streaming service on the Polis website. The presentations given at the conference are now available online.

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City of Perugia re-elected for Polis presidency

At last week's Annual General Assembly (AGA) Polis members re-elected the city of Perugia to hold the presidency of the Polis network once again. Following the AGA, Perugia opened this year’s Polis Conference to an audience of more than 200 urban mobility practitioners from across Europe.

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Members in action

Autolib’ celebrates its first birthday

Paris shares some results on the first year’s achievement of its self-service electric car scheme

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Emilia-Romagna presents electro-mobility projects at conference in the European Parliament on 4 December

Emilia-Romagna region hosted a conference at the European Parliament on December 4 to present their electro-mobility projects and debate on how European Regions can contribute to the EU strategy for cleaner cities.

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Three Polis members receive SUM Campaign funding

The cities of Ghent, Utrecht and Cork are among the proud winners representing their countries in the first edition of the EU campaign "Do the Right Mix". They receive a co-funding up to 7,000 EUR for their local awareness raising activities.

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European projects

TIDE project: you decide which innovative urban transport measures are worth exploring!

The TIDE projects invites to suggest and prioritise innovative measures in the field of pricing, non-motorised modes, advanced traffic management for traveller information systems, electric mobility and public transport organisation. This survey will help the TIDE project to decide which innovative urban transport measures should be explored in the course of the three years of project activity. TIDE will support 15 cities in planning the implementation of the selected measures.  

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CityLog & CityMove European projects joint stakeholders workshop

The two project CityLog and CityMove invite you to a workshop "Towards a clean, safe and sustainable city logistics" in Torino, Italy on 18 December.

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Final STADIUM User Group of Cities Meeting on ITS at large events

The STADIUM project invites cities from across the world to meet in London and exchange on the experiences made using ITS applications to organise transport during large events. This final user group meeting will be hosted by Transport for London who will share experiences from the Olympics 2012.

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News from the institutions

Commission proposal to make government websites accessible for all

Rules proposed by the European Commission on the International Day of People with Disability.

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The new interurban bus network in Catalonia with high level of service (BHLS)

Nowadays, the interurban bus network of Catalonia is made up of more than 700 lines with 53.3 million trips per year (2011). The new ‘exprés.cat’ network covers 40 lines which together represent 40% of demand, with an average occupancy of 30 passengers per journey.

The bus networks with high level of service (BHLS) around Europe are mainly characterised by buses with high frequency using modern, sustainable and accessible vehicles, with high commercial speed, real-time information at stops, dedicated bus lanes and high demand. In the case of Catalonia, a new interurban bus network called ‘exprés. cat’ has been implemented since October 2012 in order to meet the large increase in demand during the last ten years (57%).

The project represents a firm commitment of the Government to promote interurban buses as an efficient and competitive mode of transport to connect quickly, sustainably and economically the main places of Catalonia which are experiencing the greatest increase in mobility demand.

The implementation of the network will be progressive and began in October 2012 with the first 4 new lines which will link four different cities with Barcelona. Moreover, these lines will run on the new HOV-BUS lane, which has a length of 6.8 km and is located on one of the most congested highways to Barcelona (C-58). This new HOV-BUS lane requires an expected investment of 80M Euro.

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