InfoPolis #124
July 2015

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Dear members,

I am very pleased to announce that we have published the draft programme of this year's Annual Polis Conference (19-20 November, Brussels)! More than a hundred abstracts were submitted, which helped build an interesting and diverse conference programme with 16 technical sessions. We are especially happy to see a good number of submissions from Polis members!

Alongside the programme, registration for the conference has also opened. Note that each Polis member city and region is entitled to the free registration of up to 3 representatives. Please register as soon as you can to secure your seat(s)!

Also don't let summer pass before looking into the two Polis Working Group meetings scheduled for September, one on smart parking in Berlin and one on health and transport in Dresden. Both meetings take place in the same week, read more about the meetings below.

As usual, finally a reminder to please login to the Polis website as a member to access all information addressed to Polis members only (green headline)! If you do not know your login details, please contact us.

The final issue of InfoPolis before the summer break will be released in two weeks. For now, I wish you a pleasant read!

Yours sincerely,
Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


Overview of bikesharing in Spain

A blog provides an overview of bike sharing schemes across Spain, increase in numbers since 2003, spatial distribution incl. a map and usage. Access here.

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Polis Network News

2015 Polis Conference registration open

The draft programme of the 2015 Annual Polis Conference "Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions" has been released today. Early bird rates apply until 30 September 2015.

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Technology meets policy: join the Polis-EPA parking Workshop in Berlin - 22 September

Registrations are now open for the 2015 EPA-Polis parking workshop. The workshop will take place on the afternoon before the bi-annual EPA congress - 22 September in Berlin. For this edition of the workshop, Polis is happy to cooperate with the Push&Pull Project. Focus of the event is Smart Parking: Technology meets Policy.

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European projects

Cities and road automation

City authority and public transport representatives with an interest in road transport automation came together, with CityMobil2 partners, in Lausanne on 23 June for the third meeting of the CityMobil2 Reference Group.  

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Record participation at European SUMP Conference, presentations available on Eltis.org

The Romanian capital of Bucharest played host to a diverse mix of urban mobility professionals at the 2nd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, which took place from 16–17 June 2015 at the University Politehnica of Bucharest. This year’s edition saw more than 300 participants in attendance, up from 144 in 2014.

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Reminder: Register now for TIDE Final Conference in Barcelona 15-16 September + new updated version of the programme available

Come join us for the Final Conference of the TIDE project (Transport Innovation Deployment for Europe) that will take place in Barcelona on the 15 (Fully day conference and short visits) and 16 September (site visits). The TIDE final conference will present the results of three years of cooperation on innovative urban mobility.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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Around Europe and beyond

Call for data on local employment in the cycling sector in European cities and regions

What is the job creation potential of cycling at the local level? The World Health Organisation has launched a call for data inviting European cities, town and regions to collect local information and help understand how cycling is contributing to green growth in the Union.

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TRA 2016 taking shape

The next Transport Research Arena (TRA) takes place on 18-21 April 2016 in Warsaw. The first newsletter on the way towards the conference has been released.

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European and Chinese officials call for city-to-city cooperation at EU-China Urbanisation Partnership Forum

Taking place on 29 June 2015, back-to-back with the EU-China summit, the EU-China Urbanisation partnership forum brought together EU officials and city officials from the EU and China.

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First SUMP in Thessaloniki as a result of tremendous efforts

Despite major economic and social challenges, Thessaloniki has succeeded in drafting its first Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), which was adopted in February 2014. Thessaloniki's outstanding efforts have been rewarded by the 'Special Prize of the Jury' within the recent European SUMP Award.

Thessaloniki is engaged in mobility planning since the early 70s, however, until recent times efforts made in transport focused on road works. Through its new SUMP, Thessaloniki intends to reach four main objectives: a growth of public transport; a decrease of car flows in central area; a growth in active transport; and a decrease in pollution emissions. Read the full case study in Eltis.

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