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InfoPolis
Issue #50
March 2012

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Editorial

Dear members,

This issue is an opportunity for celebration, as it is the 50th edition of the new version of our members newsletter InfoPolis. Our latest change in the format of this newsletter has been to reverse back from a monthly to a bi-weekly periodicity to provide more updated information in a condense format.

We hope that you consider InfoPolis useful to find your way through European initiatives of relevance for urban and regional transport, to learn about other members and to build project proposals. We constantly welcome your comments and suggestions to improve this essential tool, to allow us to look forward to the 100th edition with confidence!

We can celebrate this anniversary welcoming Catalonia back as a member in the Polis network. We are delighted to work with Catalonia and look forward a fruitful cooperation and integration of this new member in the network.

Finally, more good news are reaching us has we have now the confirmation that the POSSE project will formally start soon. POSSE results from the work of our working group on Mobility and Traffic Efficiency in which Polis members and organisations on open traffic management systems (UTMC for the UK, OCA for German speaking countries) were brought together to discuss convergence of open ITS systems at the European level. This led to a succesful project proposal gathering these groups. POSSE will kick off soon and contribute to the definition of open ITS specifications and standards.

Such open systems should contribute to bring down costs for local authorities, prevent them from being locked in with specific suppliers and to accelerate ITS deployment. It illustrates the benefits of our member’s collective cooperation and initiatives through our Polis network.

We look forward involving an ever increasing number of our members in this work through the open ITS forum that POSSE will launch.

Yours sincerely,
Sylvain Haon


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Polis Network News

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Polis Released Position Paper on Active Travel and Health

The paper calls upon European institutions and other European actors to take action, to ensure that the promotion of health benefits of active travel are maximised in all relevant European policies and programmes.

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Members in action

Amsterdam has 881.000 bicycles

Amsterdam has got what it takes to be the most bicycle friendly city in the world! With the methodology “Wisdom of the Crowds" the number of bicycles in the city has now been estimated.

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Reduction on public transport rates for unemployed in Catalonia

200,000 unemployed people will have an 80% discount on public transport in Catalonia. The Government of Catalonia introduced this measure to facilitate mobility to find a new job. Catalonia became a Polis member this month.

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European projects

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Instrumental role of Polis in successful project proposal on open ITS systems

Polis has been successful in bringing together our members, UTMC and OCA in a new project on specifications and standards for ITS.

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QUEST: 50 European cities commit to improve urban transport

The EU funded Project QUEST (“Quality management tool for Urban Energy efficient Sustainable Transport”) will improve the quality of urban sustainable transport. Fifty cities in seventeen countries signed in to join the project. These fifty cities will develop action plans that will substantially improve urban transport, and urban live in general.

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CHAMP project kicks off peer review process in Burgos

At the beginning of March, the European project CHAMP kicked off its peer review process in the city of Burgos. CHAMP brings together champion cities in the field of cycling. By looking at their counterparts in Europe, the CHAMP cities want to find ways to upgrade and optimise their cycle policy and collect new ideas for making cycling even safer and more attractive.

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Stakeholders exchange on vehicle developments for better urban freight delivery

On the 20th of February in Brussels, the CityMove workshop brought together 23 persons from various groups of stakeholders including local authorities,  industry (freight operators, OEMs), and research organisations to discuss vehicles development to increase the efficiency of urban freight delivery operations in European cities.

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CityHush research results to reduce traffic noise in cities

The EU project CityHush published updates on research results in its third newsletter. Two workshops for local authorities to learn about the CityHush concepts to reduce traffic noise will be held later in 2012.

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News from the institutions

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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Around Europe and beyond

Registration open for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans seminar in Bari, Italy 13 April

Polis has been invited to open the seminar organised by Eltis+ and the CIVINET Italy network on developing and implementing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

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Paper submission to 19th International Transport and Air Pollution Conference, 26-27 November

This year’s conference takes place in Thessaloniki and focuses on energy efficient transport and its implications for air quality.

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TRA 2012 programme available

This year's Transport Reasearch Arena (TRA) covers initiatives and innovation on urban mobility. This includes sessions on CIVITAS and on the European Bus Service of the Future (EBSF). TRA 2012 takes place 23-26 April in Athens.

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