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Issue #74
April 2013

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Editorial

Dear members,

We have the pleasure this week to welcome our new colleague Gustav Friis who comes from a position as project manager at the city of Aalborg. Gustav will be involved in the IEE projects STARS and ENDURANCE as well as in CityMobil2 and FOT-Net2. He holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning and Management from Aalborg University.

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Yours sincerely,
Sylvain Haon
Secretary General


QUICK NEWS

TRA 2014: Deadline for abstracts prolonged

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2014 Transport Research Arena (TRA) in Paris has been postponed to 30 April. tra2014.sciencesconf.org

Save the date: 2013 Polis Conference on 4-5 December

This year's Annual Polis Conference will take place 4th-5th December in Brussels. Around this also the Annual General Assembly (AGA) for Polis members will be hold. Save the dates!

Latest Tweets

@POLISnetwork: Transport for London launches Accessibility App competition. http://bit.ly/10p8Qqz cc

@POLISnetwork: Some places left for CHAMP exchange workshops on "bicycle & pedestrians" (Ljubljana, 24/5) and "optimizing bicycle network" (Orebro, 27/5)

@POLISnetwork: MT @missrok: Żory: 1st Polish city to introduce free public transport! more in PL: http://bit.ly/Xjw4zN

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Polis Network News

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Members in action

Three Belgian Regions start kilometer charge test project

The three Belgian Regions  agreed upon the start of a test project on kilimeter charges for private cars to study the impacts on behavioural change with regards to such a tax.  1200 people will participate in the test. The test is carried out in the so-called GEN area, this is the territory covered by the Brussels Regional Express Network.

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European projects

Car-free mobility the focus of upcoming CIVITAS workshop

Facilitating less car-dependent lifestyles for citizens may seem like an uphill struggle, but through smart planning it can be achieved. The upcoming CIVITAS workshop “Effective solutions for green urban transport - Learning from CIVITAS cities” will examine the practicalities of this.

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127 Freight Electric Vehicles to be used within the FREVUE project!

Demonstrations in Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Rotterdam, Oslo and Stockholm will evaluate innovative urban freight transport solutions through a genuine public private partnership between municipalities and the logistics industry.

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News from the institutions

EU’s Strategic Transport Technology Plan (STTP) - Draft Report by the EP

The report, which was presented last week at the TRAN Committee meeting, stresses the need for linking better research with EU transport policy and suggests general and specific measures for a European transport technology strategy.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

Open call: Funding for sustainable urban mobility campaigns

The European Commission's Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUM) campaign ("Do the right mix") has launched a second call for SUM funding applications. The funding available under this call will co-finance campaign initiatives taking place during the period running from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014. Applications for the second round of funding must be submitted before 12:00 (CET) on 31 May 2013.

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Around Europe and beyond

Urban Freight Transport, stay tunned! Upcoming events and activities.

Urban Freight Transport is now a topic in the European mobility agenda. Several events and workshops will take place this month, here a short update.

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Pedestrian safety: Join the UN Global Road Safety Week, 6-12 May

Governments, with support from civil society, academia, the private sector and the international community, are all encouraged to plan and host national and local events during the Second UN Global Road Safety Week.

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MEMBERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Workplace Mobility Plans encourage companies towards sustainable urban mobility in Toulouse, France

The Greater Toulouse was selected a finalist for the SUMP Award 2012 for its "its long history in and experience with sustainable urban mobility planning" (Jury comment). The theme of the Award for this year was Stakeholder and citizen participation in the SUMP. Find out about the sustainable mobility challenges that Toulouse has been facing and how it dealt with them.

The Toulouse greater agglomeration area (its SUMP perimeter covers 117 municipalities) has experienced a steady increase of its population for over thirty years, which has resulted in the extensive development of its Western and Northern territories, but also in a strong urban sprawl beyond the first ring. This urban sprawl, however, strengthens car dependency and can be a major obstacle to the development of alternatives to private car use. In addition, a lot of companies in Toulouse are located outside the city with not enough public transport infrastructures. Continue reading.





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