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Issue #36
July 2011

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Editorial

Dear members,

2011 is a year of transition for Polis, as many of the projects which we have been involved in together with you are coming to an end. As projects come to an end, we heartily welcome the good news received in the past weeks concerning the approval of project proposals in which several of you are involved. These projects cover complementary topics, such as freight transport, cross-border multimodal journey planners, electric vehicles for urban freight delivery and the assessment of ITS contributions to the reduction of transport related emissions.

We are also delighted to have the opportunity to offer you new perspectives on our common work on sustainable urban and regional mobility. At the beginning of July, we met with DG SANCO (health and consumers) of the European Commission, and identified a range of topics and issues which we are working on which could benefit from analysis of the health perspective. On the 29th of September in Dresden, our working group meeting on transport and health will bring together high level experts to explore this issue which has often been underestimated. We believe that stressing the health consequences of a more sustainable urban and regional mobility could help your activities in your cities and regions. We therefore encourage you to attend this meeting.

I wish you all a good summer!

Yours sincerely,
Sylvain Haon


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Update on Polis Annual Conference

The draft programme of the 2011 Polis Annual Conference will shortly be released; registration will open at the same time. The conference is being organised jointly with the European Economic and Social Committee and will be held in Brussels on 29 & 30 November. Please note that the Polis AGA will take place immediately after the conference on 30 November.

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Members in action

Prague and Dublin at Momo final conference: What's new in the world of car-sharing?

On 15 September the momo final conference on car-sharing will take place in Brussels and two Polis members will contribute their experiences. At the conference, the project's achievements will be presented as well as what is going on in that field in America and Asia. Also, the 'momorandum' will be released and discussed which is the political conclusions of the project.

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First taxi-motorcycles in Brussels to run from autum 2011 onwards

The Brussels Capital Region will experiment with Taxi-motorcycles. A first test phase will include 15 motorcycles.

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Flanders Region launches ambitious lighting plan

The Flanders Region has launched its vision on nocturnal lighting of highways and regional roads. The plan will save money, decrease light pollution and will not impact negatively on road safety.

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European projects

The traveller is always right

ENERQI monitors and listens to public transport users to improve the quality of public transport. First monitoring activities are to start.

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Presentations from Air Quality Conference now online

Rome hosted the CITEAIR II Final Conference on 24 June. You can now view the presentations online.

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Online courses for implementing Cycling policies

Are you working on cycling issues, and interested in learning how to improve cycling in a city with less than 10% modal share of cycling? The PRESTO project has developed 7 free e-learning courses for 'technicians' working in 'starter' cities to help them to implement cycling policies.

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Get ready to mainstream urban transport innovation: NICHES+ tools now available

Now that the NICHES+ project has come to an end, we’d like to offer you an overview of the tools, strategies and guidance that can help you to introduce innovative transport solutions at the local level.

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CIVITAS workshop on effective solutions for green urban transport in Brussels

The CIVITAS Initiative will hold its first workshop in the effective solutions for green urban transport - Learning from CIVITAS cities series, which will take place on 13 September 2011 in Brussels.

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News from the institutions

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New certification schemes for biofuels announced

Biofuels play a prominent role in reducing the dependence on fossil fuels, but there are questions as to their sustainability, and to their contribution to CO2 emission reduction in the transport sector.

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