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Issue #105
September 2014

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Editorial

Dear members,

In my first editorial to you, I would like to express my gratitude for the kind and encouraging messages I received from many of you, following my appointment as Polis Executive Director. Together with the rest of the Polis team, I look forward to continuing our good cooperation!

As Sylvain mentioned in the previous editorial, we have kicked off a very busy second half of the year. Last week we held a very interesting Bikesharing workshop here at Polis with several members exchanging on their respective bike share schemes, while coming Friday our Polis – EPA parking event is taking place in Lisbon. Let me also remind you of the upcoming Electromobility workshop in Rotterdam on 9 October!

Later this week, you will receive the detailed programme and registration will also open for our annual Polis conference, hosted by Polis President Madrid on 27-28 November, and preceded on the 26th of November by a Polis working group meeting on Air Quality and the Polis Annual General Assembly. We received a lot of interesting abstracts as a response to our call for papers and are convinced you will find many presentations on innovative transport solutions in the programme that are of direct interest and use to you.

While the first transport call of Horizon 2020 only closed two weeks ago, we are also looking into the upcoming opportunities that will be part of the second transport call, to be launched in December 2014. As you may know, this call will include the next round of CIVITAS, offering new funding opportunities for cities to test innovative urban transport solutions. You will soon receive further details on the CIVITAS call, together with an invitation to express your interest and/or launch partner searches, so that we can establish optimal partnerships between complementary Polis members as well as with external relevant urban transport stakeholders.

In the meantime, I wish you a pleasant read, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Kind regards,

Karen Vancluysen

Executive Director


QUICK NEWS

EU Commission survey on Key Performance Indicators for ITS

This online survey should take no more than 30 minutes to complete and will provide valuable input to the development of suitable and commonly accepted Key Performance Indicators that could be used and rolled out in the future by the European Commission.

https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=140664387725

POLITE Final conference: agenda available

The POLITE Project Final Conference will take place in Cosenza (ITA), on 9th October 2014. An updated agenda has been published and is available on the project website.

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Polis Network News

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Polis members talked bike sharing schemes at workshop in Brussels on 10 September 2014

Four European capital cities: Madrid (President of the Polis network in 2014), Brussels, Budapest, London, the Blue-Mobility in partnership with the Belgian Railways and a representative of the European Cyclists’ Federation have contributed to the expertise exchange among peers on how to set up and run cycle hire schemes, and what are challengs and potentials of cycle hire schemes as we look to the future of urban mobility.

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Members in action

Arnhem and Nijmegen submit bid book for Velo-city 2017, the world's largest cycling conference

Arnhem and Nijmegen aim at organizing the international bicycle conference ‘Velo-city’ in 2017. The municipalities of both cities therefore submitted a bid book with the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), in cooperation with the Province of Gelderland and the Arnhem-Nijmegen City Region, a member of the Polis network.

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European projects

First NODES newsletter puts NODES testing site in Birmingham in the spotlight

The illustrated example of the Snow Hill interchange gives an insight into the work being done in tools testing as well as the strategic dimension of interchanges.

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Electromobility Workshops in Rotterdam

On October, 9th Polis organises two Electromobility Workshops in frame of the 2014 Rotterdam Electric Mobility Conference, André Kuipers, astronaut and driver of an electric car is invited as CLEANFLEET keynote speaker.

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QUADMAP project final conference in Rotterdam, 19-20 February 2015

On 19 and 20 February 2015 the closing conference of QUADMAP will be held in Rotterdam. QUADMAP has developed a methodology for identifying, delineation, designation and preserving Quiet Urban Areas.

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News from the institutions

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Maroš Šefčovič, the new Transport & Space Commissioner

The Slovak Maroš Šefčovič, a diplomat with an excellent understating of EU affairs and legislation, is European Commissioner for the third time.

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Jean-Claude Juncker announces composition and portfolios of new European Commission: Maroš Šefčovič, current Commissioner for Inter-institutional relations and adminstration, gets Transport & Space

After much speculation and negotiation with the head of States, the President of the Commission Jean-Claude Junker announced the names and portfolios of all 27 commissioners today in a press conference. The next step will be their approval by the European Parliament before the new European Commission takes office on 1 November 2014 for a five year term.

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