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Issue #35
July 2011

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Editorial

Dear members,

Polis is delighted to welcome the region of Puglia as a new member! We look forward to starting our cooperation with Puglia and develop a fruitful partnership.

The Puglia office in Brussels, which is conveniently located on the same street as the Polis office, hosted the first part of the meeting of our political group last 28th of June. The participants to this meeting then had the opportunity to meet with Commissioner Kallas and MEPs Simpson and Ţicău, the former being the chairman of the European Parliament transport committee. These meetings were an opportunity to present the views of participant cities and regions on the various aspects of the white paper on transport policy recently released. Photos of the meetings are available here.

Polis will finalise its position on this document in the next few days, and remains very interested in all your inputs and comments. This position will then be further promoted towards the European Commission and the European Parliament. It is important that we devote the appropriate amount of attention to this initiative. Beyond the white paper, the review of the European Action Plan on Urban Mobility is due to take place in 2012. Our position on the white paper should also provide a chance to influence the content of this review, which will no doubt also be influenced by the European Parliament report on the white paper. It is expected that the European Commission will intensify its initiatives on urban and regional transport in the coming years, hence the need for us to formulate clear messages.

Finally, we hope that you are developing the habit of visiting our new website. It is meant to be a tool for you, and we welcome all comments which would help us to improve it further. We also hope that you enjoyed our refreshed visual identity. As you know, during 2011 we are putting a special effort in improving our communication. This month, we have launched our twitter account (@polisnetwork), to explore a new way to communicate with you and interested parties, with different types of messages and information. We hope you will enjoy this, and that you will soon be among our followers!

Yours sincerely,
Sylvain Haon


QUICK NEWS

Presentations given at CIVITAS workshops available

Access the presentations of the CIVITAS workshop on individualised social marketing at 17-18 May 2011 in Toulouse, France, here.

Presentations from the workshop on integrated planning at 26-27 May 2011 in Bucharest are available here.

Material from the CIVITAS conference "Clean Fuels, Clean Vehicles, Cleaner City" on 15-16 June in Donostia San Sebastián can be found here.

Video available on NICHES+ final conference

On 7 April, the final conference of NICHES+ took place in London. Watch the video here.

Keep Polis updated

All members are highly encouraged to inform Polis about your local news! Simply update us via email about your projects, achievements and plans. We will do our best to spread your news within the Polis network and beyond: polis@polisnetwork.eu.

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Polis Network News

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Polis applies to the ITS advisory committee

The European Commission is proceeding with the selection of the members of the future ITS advisory group. Candidates submitted their applications until 10 June.

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Members in action

Brussels recognises that walking is more than just walking

On 21 June, Brussels Mobility hosted an international seminar on walking to kick-off the preparations for the first walking plan of Brussels.

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Real-time information available on Google Transit in Madrid

June 8 saw the launch of real-time information on Google Transit in Madrid.

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PIMMS TRANSFER: Sustainable Mobility in European Regions Conference

POlis member LEPT invites to the PIMMS TRANSFER conference on 4 October 2011 on sustainable mobility in European regions. The conference aims to share experiences from the PIMMS TRANSFER project and EPOMM.

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TfL releases results following removal of Western Extension Congestion Charge

Initial results show a lower than expected increase in traffic driving into and within the former zone and no discernable impact on air quality.

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One hundred million trips made with Paris’ public bike scheme Vélib

Vélib celebrated its one-hundred millionth trip on 6 June, less than four years after its launch on 15 July 2007.

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Hamburg is Europe’s Green Capital 2011

The city of Hamburg is this year’s winner of the European Green Capital Award. With the award, the European Commission acknowledges efforts to environmental improvement in urban areas since 2006.

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European projects

KPIs for ITS and traffic management

The CONDUITS project has developed a set of KPIs for traffic management and ITS and has tested these in several cities.

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How can you improve your city's transport policy? - QUEST project kicks off.

On 23-24 June, the QUEST project had its kick-off meeting in Ghent, Belgium. QUEST will develop an audit tool to evaluate the quality of urban transport policies. After a QUEST audit cities receive a certificate which recognises their efforts in sustainable urban transport planning.

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ECOSTARS project on urban freight recognition schemes kicks off

On 20 June, the European funded ECOSTARS project, which will promote more energy-efficient and cleaner freight movements by providing recognition, guidance and advice to operators of goods vehicle fleets, kicked off in Edinburgh.

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Paving the way for the integration of the urban mobility system

ERTRAC, the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council, has adopted its first batch of research roadmaps at its last plenary meeting on 9th June.

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Next Presto training workshop on cycling in October

The final of the five PRESTO onsite trainings will take place in Bremen, Germany, on 14 October 2011. This training workshop is part of a series that looks at developing cycling culture in European cities.

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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

Smart Accessibility Awards launched for outstanding smartphone applications

One topic of the competition to develop smart phone applications for older people and people with disabilities are mobility apps. Submission is open until 15 October 2011.

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Going the distance - Achieving better value for money in road maintenance

The UK’s Audit Commission has published a report on how local authorities can get better value for road maintenance.'Going the distance - Achieving better value for money in road maintenance' looks at the challenges faced by the country's 152 council highways authorities. England's 236,000 miles of local roads - used by 30 million drivers every day - are under attack from increasing traffic, severe winters, higher repair costs, and dwindling highways funding.

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