Issue #85
October 2013

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Dear members,

Polis' latest successful Working Group meeting looked at how to link the two related policy domains transport and health. Participants found that joined messages on active travel are needed to get transport and health totally integrated.

The well-attended full-day conference was covered by the influential EU news portal Euractiv in an article titled "Cities eye closer link between transport and health policies". And Polis continues to bring the issue forward: With our members interested in the topic we are now working on an updated position paper on the link of transport and health. So stay tuned!

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Yours sincerely,
Sylvain Haon
Secretary General


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Polis Network News

Health and transport: Experts say we need to prioritise investments where there's more impact on health

Lack of physical activity and exposure to pollution in cities are among the four major causes of death in Europe. Meeting minimum levels of physical activity on a daily basis would considerably reduce by 30% the risk of all premature deaths. There’s a huge potential for improving health through transport and cleaner air, experts said at Polis meeting. But we need a joined up message on active travel to get transport and health totally integrated.

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2013 Annual Polis Conference and accompanying activities

A number of activities are scheduled around this year's Annual Polis Conference. To make travel arrangements in due time please see the following overview of events from 3-5 December and consult the updated draft programme.

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Members in action

Paris to double eco-bonus for purchasing hybrid and electric taxis

Taxi drivers in Paris will benefit from an eco-bonus to purchase rechargeable hybrid vehicles or fully electric vehicles. The financial incentive will be put in place for one year through September 1, 2014.

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European projects

The QUEST method – here to stay!

Over the course of the project 46 cities from 14 countries went through the QUEST process of auditing sustainable urban mobility policies and actions.

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MYWAY project kicks off in Barcelona!

The Generalitat of Catalunya hosted the kick off meeting last week for the brand new FP7 ITS project MYWAY which is a multi-modal journey planner with three test sites in Trikala (Greece) and Polis members Barcelona (Spain) and Berlin (Germany).

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EPTA project publishes feasibility studies for PTAs

EPTA will identify a model for Public Transport Authorities as powerful tools for governance. The project works on the 7 key functions related to public transport sector governance: Regulate, Plan, Tender/Award, Integrate, Promote, Manage, Control.

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Lessons from POLITE in regional transport plans

POLITE partners were trained on good practices in infomobility services from 4 countries during POLITE training workshop.

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News from the institutions

A European transport-technology strategy

The European Parliament adopted on 10 September a resolution on promoting a European transport-technology strategy for Europe’s future sustainable mobility. The resolution addresses the recent Communication from the European Commission.

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Clean Power for Transport Conference 21st October 2013

In the final stages of the EU inter-institutional negotations of the Clean Power for Transport Directive, the European Commission will host a conference to discuss the challenges and opportunities of alternative fuels.

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Around Europe and beyond

Are you a Supermodal? Photo competition on sustainable travel for UK’s youth

As part oft the European Commission's Sustainable Urban Mobility Campaign ("Do the right mix"), a nationwide photo competition has been launched in the UK titled "Are you a Supermodal?". Also part of the campaign is the European SUMP Award which currently accepts entries.

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2013 Transport Research Arena (TRA) calls for "Outreach Marketplaces"

Since TRA's call for abstracts is closed, a call for posters is now open, called "Outreach Marketplaces". Submission deadline is October 31, 2013.

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