InfoPolis #126
September 2015

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Dear members,

I hope you all had a relaxing summer break!

This week, the first European Week of Sport is taking place to promote physical activity. The sports week goes hand-in-hand with the well-established European Mobility Week that promotes more sustainable transport including active travel modes from 16-22 September each year. Cities are still welcome and encouraged to register their activities for this year's week online!

Also the 2015 Polis Conference programme has taken shape with 17 technical sessions, 2 high-level plenary sessions, 3 site visits and various workshops prior to the conference. I am pleased to share with you that European Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, has confirmed his presence! The updated draft programme will be published tomorrow (keep your eyes open for a mailing from Polis). Don't miss your chance to join us at the conference and register online as soon as possible to secure your seats! Please remember that Polis members are entitled to free entrance for up to three representatives.

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.

For now, I wish you a pleasant read!

Yours sincerely,
Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


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Polis Network News

Automation and passenger transport

Polis is holding a session on automation at the upcoming Busworld Academy taking place alongside Busworld, the oldest and most well establish bus and coach exhibition in the world.

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Secure your seat for 2015 Polis Conference

The 2015 Polis Conference (19-20 November 2015, Brussels) is your opportunity to connect with 350 committed transport innovation professionals who work in local and regional governments and related organisations. Early bird fees apply to registrations until 30 September.

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Members in action

Tisséo-SMTC wins National Energy Globe France

The national Energy Globe Award France 2015 was awarded to Tisséo-SMTC for its mobility management in Toulouse. The award recognizes outstanding performance in terms of energy efficiency, renewable energy and resource conservation worldwide.

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European Mobility Week: Join the movement

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK will take place between Wednesday 16 September and Wednesday 23 September in all volunteering cities and towns across Europe. There is still time to join the first thousand local authorities to make this year's edition a success.

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Greater Manchester launches 2040 transport vision public consultation

Residents and business across Greater Manchester are invited to express their views on ‘Greater Manchester’s Transport Strategy 2040: Our Vision’.  The four key elements of that vision are sustainable economic growth, quality of life, environment and developing an innovative city-region.

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Public transport advances in Catalonia this Autumn

Three new bus lines of Catalonia's ‘expres.cat’ (Buses With High Level of Service) network have entered service this September, and four new associated types of tickets for passengers have been introduced.

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European projects

EasyMile EZ10, from CityMobil2 to WEpods

The electric automated vehicle model EasyMile EZ10 which has been in demonstration on CityMobil2 sites are now involved in the Dutch project WEpods. This project, has been initiated by a Polis member, the province of Gelderland.

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NODES Final conference

Join NODES Final Conference: Creating the next generation of urban transport interchanges – 22/09/2015, Brussels

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Workshop on pedestrian detection & warning services

The result of two Spanish trials of detecting pedestrians at road crossings will be shared at a VRUITS workshop on 23 September in Valladolid.

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The FLOW project: measuring the congestion impact of walking and cycling

The European FLOW project sees a need for a paradigm shift wherein non-motorised transport (often seen from a transport policy perspective simply as a nice “extra”) is placed on an equal footing with motorised modes.

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ObsAIRveYourBusiness: Be the next city to test the new air quality mobile app!

As part of a EU funded project, this new service has been already defined and implemented in two model cities: Augsburg and Paris. Through its Roadshows, the obsAIRveYourBusiness consortium offers the opportunity to present this innovative tool in three selected EU cities.

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Clean fleets project recommendations for European and National Policy makers are now available

These recommendations for European and national policy makers have been developed based on the findings and expertise of the partners in the Clean Fleets project, and in co-operation with Polis.

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News from the institutions

Commissioner Bulc encourages multimodality during the European Mobility Week

In a short video clip, Ms Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for transport encourages European citizens to change their travel habits during the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (16-22 September) and to combine different modes of transport.

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Around Europe and beyond

Call for Papers open for Velo-city conference 2016

The deadline to submit an abstract is September 18th, 2015. The conference will take place 27 February to 1 March 2016 in Taipei City, Taiwan.

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CEDR workshops on Road Worker Safety, Oct/Nov

CEDR's (Conference of European Directors of Roads) Transnational Road Research Programme on Road Worker Safety organises three dissemination workshopsm on road worker safety in Belgium, the UK and the Czech Republic.

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Covenant of Mayors: 2015 Signing Ceremony will be held in Brussels on 15 October

On Thursday 15 October 2015, representatives from towns and cities leading the way on climate mitigation and adaptation will meet in Brussels to launch a new Covenant of Mayors at a high-level ceremony.

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