InfoPolis #119
April 2015

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Dear members,

Following a hopefully relaxing Easter break for all of you, Europe's urban transport agenda is back in full force. Yesterday, Polis together with other stakeholders met MEP and rapporteur Karima Delli to discuss the European Parliament's draft report on urban mobility.

Polis particularly welcomes rapporteur Delli's call for additional European financing for and earmarked funding of urban mobility. At the same time, we believe that there is still some room for improvement in the report. Read more about our feedback on the report in this InfoPolis. Your views are always welcome and can be sent to Polis' policy officer Nicolas Hauw.

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I wish you a pleasant read!

Yours sincerely,
Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


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2015 Polis Conference: Call for speakers open!

We invite urban and regional transport professionals to submit an abstract for the 2015 Annual Polis Conference "Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions". Submission deadline is 15 May.

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European projects

Transferring knowledge from London to TIDE leading city Milan

On 14 and 15 April representatives from the city of Milan and the transport authority, Agenzia Mobilità Ambiente Territorio, visited Westminster City Council and Transport for London to exchange on Smart Parking, the London Ultra-Low Emission Zone and Low Emissions Zone (LEZ).

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CityMobil2 demonstration in Lausanne inaugurated by French and Swiss Presidents

The second large-scale demonstration of an automated road passenger transport system was inaugurated on 16 April 2015 at the EPFL campus in Lausanne (Switzerland) in the presence of the presidents of France and Switzerland.

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PTP-Cycle fourth newsletter online

The project has entered into its third and final year this April and the team wants to celebrate their success so far by sharing with you an impressive list of results from phase 1 implementation of PTP in the five PTP-Cycle cities. Read on to learn more.

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The first SWITCH newsletter is online

The first issue of the SWITCH project is now ready for download. SWITCH stands for a personalised travel planning process; addressing people at points of change in their life to change their travel behaviour by substituting short car trips with active travel choices like walking and cycling.

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SWITCHing in Gdansk: mid-term meeting of the SWITCH project

In the framework of the SWITCH project, different meetings and workshops took place in Gdansk (Poland) between Tuesday 7th March and Friday 10th March. SWITCH is an innovative EU-funded project which implements campaigns in five European cities to make people in life-change moments SWITCH from short car trips to active mobility.

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CH4LLENGE launches online course on participation in SUMP development

CH4LLENGE has started its series of online courses on SUMP development and implementation! The first course “Participation in Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning – How to successfully engage citizens and stakeholders in SUMP development” has been launched on 13 April 2015 and will run moderated for six weeks.

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Clean Fleets policy recommendations workshop

This workshop (21 May 2015, Brussels) discusses activitites EU and national decision makers can undertake to encourage the introduction of cleaner vehicles in public fleets. The workshop on 21 May in Brussels is organised by the Clean Fleets project, Polis supports the event.

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News from the institutions

Stakeholder meeting on Sustainable Urban Mobility

On April 21st, Polis secretariat, among with other EU organisation, met with Karima Delli regarding her draft report on sustainable urban mobility at the European Parliament.

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Around Europe and beyond

2nd European Conference on SUMPs - pre-programme available and registration open

A pre-programme and registration are available for the 2nd Europe Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, held under the'Sustainable mobility for everyone' on 16 & 17 June at the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania.

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Boosting Start-Ups and SMEs for smart urban mobility, 22 May, Berlin

This conference will take place on 22 May 2015 in Berlin back to back with the annual meeting of the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities. It will bring together around 150 participants from SME accelerators/innovation hubs, sponsoring companies, start-ups, innovation agencies, city halls and other actors of relevance in the fields of smart urban mobility and power.

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