Polis

InfoPolis
Issue #37
September 2011

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Editorial

Dear Members,

Starting with this issue, we are happy to inform you that we are increasing the periodicity of InfoPolis which now becomes bi-weekly. This is part of our efforts to provide you better information and services in a more convenient way. This will allow to make this newsletter more attractive to our members and to reduce the need to send you additional emails, though those will not of course disappear.

The increase of periodicity reinforces InfoPolis as our main communication tool towards our membership. We encourage you to consult it by accessing the members area of the website where you will also find many more useful information. Progressively, with the development of the website and our use of social networks, we are implementing a full range of complementary tools to inform and support you.

Back from holidays, the European institutions are at work again. Polis welcomes MEP Grosch draft report on the European transport White paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area” which includes several points in line with Polis position which was presented to him during the summer. We will tell you more about this in the next days.

Finally, I strongly encourage you to attend our working groups scheduled this autumn, on site or on line. The working group on transport and health in Dresden on the 29th of September brings an original but fundamental perspective to the work we are doing on mobility by looking at its health dimension. There is no doubt that this will be a more prominent topic in the years to come.

Our working group on mobility and traffic efficiency in Brussels will include on the 10th of October an important session on the ITS directive with representatives of the EC and Member States. The goal of the session will be to explain further the directive to our members and to identify its potential impact for them.

Yours sincerely,
Sylvain Haon


QUICK NEWS

Polis meeting Transport and Health

The next Polis working group meeting will take place in Dresden on 29 September 2011. The topic is 'transport and health'. Participation by phone conference to the meeting is possible. For more details, view the event page and the agenda.

Draft programme of Annual Polis Conference

The draft programme of the 2011 Annual Polis Conference has been released. On 29 and 30 November more than 40 presentations will be given. Seats are limited and members are urged to register and book your hotel as soon as possible. The reservation period of the prebooked hotel with special rates for conference participants expires next week. More information.

Connect with Polis on Facebook

On Polis' facebook page you get the latest news, videos and photos at a glance. Visit us on facebook and share your opinion, comment on our wall, post your news and find interesting initiatives.

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Calendar

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Polis Network News

Welcome to new Polis member: Puglia Region

Puglia’s main expectations from Polis membership are the participation in European projects and exchange of experiences as well as an active participation in European policy discussions.

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Members in action

Video clip on the European Green Capital 2011

The city of Hamburg is this year’s winner of the European Green Capital Award. A video clip illustrates the qualities that helped the German city of Hamburg become the 2011 European Green Capital.

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Two new high-speed bicycle routes in London

London has recently inaugurated two new high-speed bicycle routes through the city. Two routes that have been in use since summer 2010 prove their success.

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Utrecht: bicycle x 2 by 2030

The city council of Utrecht has committed to ambitious targets for modal split: the use of cycling should have been doubled, and the car use should be halved by 2030.

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Bologna’s review of upgrading public transport stops to be presented at Annual Polis Conference

The draft programme of the Annual Polis Conference is available. Polis presents members who will share their experience at the conference.

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European projects

Register now for courses to improve capacity in cycling

Registration is open for 7 free e-learning courses and one onsite training in Bremen, Germany.

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Workshop on exploitation of FOT results, 28 November 2011

FOT-Net workshop on expectations from various stakeholders, including policy makers, from results of Field Operational Tests

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Resources from clean vehicle event online

In June, CIVITAS VANGUARD, CIVITAS ARCHIMEDES and BIOSIRE organised a conference on deploying clean fuels and vehicles in European cities.

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Boosting advanced public transport systems conference, 29 September 2011, Darmstadt

Learn about the measures implemented to improve public transport service quality in cities around Europe

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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

IRF Environment Study Day on Green Public Procurement

The International Road Federation organises a study day on Green Public Procurement and Technology Advancements in the Road Sector. It will take place on 20 September 2011 in Brussels.

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