Issue #115
February 2015

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Dear members,

This week has been very eventful for both Polis members and the Polis secretariat. Among others, the city of Dresden has been announced to be a finalist of the European SUMP award, this year focusing on the evaluation of urban mobility plans - congratulations!

The Polis secretariat was active, too: We chaired the Stakeholders' Vision roundtable at the third European Electromobility Stakeholder Forum and the urban e-mobility session at the joint SOLUTISION and UNHABITAT workshop in Brussels; we held workshops on how to deploy innovative urban transport measures (TIDE), and how to integrate innovative mobility measures with sustainable urban mobility planning (TIDE, CH4LLENGE, SOLUTIONS), and attended the 77th UNECE's Transport Inland Committee meeting in Geneva.

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I wish you a pleasent read!

Yours sincerely,
Karen Vancluysen
Executive Director


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UNECE's Inland Transport Committee exchanged on urban transportation challenges

Polis was invited to attend this week's 77th meeting of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee (ITC), the highest policy-making body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in the field of transport. The meeting kicked off with the policy segment "Rethinking sustainable urban transport and mobility", featuring Polis members Rijkswaterstaat (NL), among other speakers.

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Members in action

Routecoach: Leuven's smart way to modal shift

RouteCoach is a website and app for android devices. An application which tracks your daily trips. And a website to analyse everything. RouteCoach is more than that. RouteCoach coaches you in developing your mobility lifestyle. By giving you useful advices. To try something else. Another route, a different time, a different mode. Advices are personal, tailor-made and real-time.

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Dresden invites to Climate Alliance's Annual Conference

This year's International Annual Conference and General Assembly of the Climate Alliance takes place in Dresden, titled “Developing Europe – Securing local energy supplies” from 22-25 April 2015.

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New lorry safety restrictions in London to protect cyclists and pedestrians

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils have given the go-ahead for a London-wide ban on any lorry not fitted with safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians. As of September, vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes need to be equipped with sideguards and Class V and Class VI mirrors to increase safety of vulnerable road users - or face to be banned from London's streets.

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Bristol involved in UK-funded driverless car trial

VENTURER is the name of the consortium, which will trial autonomous vehicles in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire council areas to explore the feasibility of driverless cars in the UK.

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European projects

TIDE helps transport innovation to happen

Between 24 and 26 February 2015 the TIDE project saw over 60 participants in two workshops in Brussels. Topics of the events: making innovation happen, future research priorities and sustainable urban mobility planning.

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News from the institutions

EC's ITS Conference, 24 April 2015, Brussels

"A Digital Strategy for Mobility: from capacity to connectivity" is the theme of the EC's 5th ITS conference.  

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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Reward for cities and SMEs using Europe's satellite system

The EU project Jupiter is making available financial support for up to 15 cities and 25 SMEs to attend the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux in October 2015. Eligible candidates for this reward need to show how they are using or plan to use the European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS).

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Around Europe and beyond

Finalists for SUMP and Mobility Week Awards revealed

Polis member Dresden is shortlisted for the European Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) Award, along with Bremen and Ghent. The winner will be revealed at the award ceremony on 23 March in Brussels, during which European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, will present both the SUMP and the Mobility Week Award.

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Pedelecs in urban areas

The European Cyclist Federation is looking for information from cities about the usage of pedelecs. Given the rapid uptake in pedelec usage, notably in Germany and the Netherlands, and the different types of pedelecs (pedelec=bike, speed pedelec=type approved, electric bike=type approved), it is proving a challenge for national authorities to apply and/or adapt the relevant road regulations.

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