Issue #98
April 2014

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Dear members,

Good news from the EU this week - by an overwhelming majority, the European Parliament has adopted the Weights & Dimensions directive for updated lorry cab design requirements, making streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Polis had been campaigning for the adoption of the new rules. You are invited to read our Policy Brief on the directive.

You are also invited to read about the announcement of the 1st European conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning, which will take place from 12-13 June in Sopot, as well as news from our members and projects.

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Yours sincerely,
Sylvain Haon
Secretary General


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TIDE e-learning courses start on 5 May

The EU TIDE project has established a series of online courses for those interested in bringing innovative transport solutions to their own town, city or region. Courses will be offered starting on 5 May with a new course starting every Monday until early July.

Learn more on the Polis website.

Do the Right Mix! call to apply for funding closes on 30 April

Until 30 April, urban mobility campaigns can apply for up to EUR 7000 in funding from the EU Commission's Do the Right Mix! campaign.

The registration form is avaible at the campaign website.


Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

Members in action

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Call for good practices: ‘Good Practice in Accessible Transport for Persons with Reduced Mobility – Flanders in Europe’, 13 October 2014

In order to bring recent developments to the public attention, the Flemish Expert Center on Accessibility (Enter) will organize the conference ‘Good Practice in Accessible Transport for Persons with Reduced Mobility – Flanders in Europe’ on October 13th 2014. The call for good practice examples is now open.

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European projects

Smart Urban Freight Conference: few places left!

This conference will take place on the 12th of June in Newcaslte, UK. Several EU research projects, industry stakeholders and public authorities will exchange on low emission vehicle technologies, policy initiatives, business models and much more!


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‘Planning for a Liveable City’ - 1st European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, Sopot, 12-13 June

The European Platform on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) is hosting its first ever European Conference, offering mobility planners and implementers from all over Europe an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the field of SUMPs.

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Applications open for CIVITAS Award 2014 for urban mobility excellence

The CIVITAS Secretariat invites CIVITAS Forum cities to enter the 11th Edition of the CIVITAS Awards competition. The Awards recognise outstanding efforts in CIVITAS’s mission of achieving a decisive modal shift toward sustainable urban mobility.

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Sustainable travel accreditation for schools: STARS project is looking for early adopter cities to attend training sessions

The European STARS project (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) is looking for early adopter cities that would like to attend training workshops organized by the STARS partners.

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Wireless charging of electric vehicles: Share your views!

The European project UNPLUGGED is interested in your opinion on the concept of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) systems for charging electric vehicles. This survey is part of a task to investigate the socio-economic impacts of WPT charging of electric vehicles. Polis is a member of the UNPLUGGED Advisory Board.

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News from the institutions

European Parliament adopts rules to make lorry cab design safer for pedestrians and cyclists

The European Parliament endorsed the Transport Committee’s proposal to make safety requirements to lorry cab design mandatory by an overwhelming 570 MEPs for and 88 against.

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MEPs endorse compromise on directive for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure across the EU

The European Parliament gave its final approval on the 15th of April to new EU rules to ensure the build-up of alternative refuelling points across Europe with common standards for their design and use, including a common plug for recharging electric vehicles.

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Around Europe and beyond

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Health and transport: Three success stories showcased at the Polis side event during the WHO-UNECE's THE PEP 4th High-level Ministerial meeting in Paris

London, Berlin and the Healthy City network presented their best practices before the THE PEP Members State delegates on how to make the link between health and transport policies, improve people's health through transport by promoting phisical activity in daily life, and create safer conditions for cycling and walking.

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Webinar on Urban Consolidation Centers: UK Experience

On May the 6th at 17h00 CET, the Volvo Research Educational Foundation Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems is organising the last webinar on consolidation centers.

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