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Autumn | October 2011

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The 2011 Annual Polis Conference is under preparation: on 29-30 November, transport experts from local and regional authorities, research and industry will gather in Brussels. Innovative topics for sustainable transport, identified by Polis members, will be discussed and the Eltis Award presented. Read more.

Polis is a network of European cities and regions working together to deploy innovative technologies and policies for a more sustainable mobility. Polis fosters cooperation and partnerships across Europe in order to make research and innovation in transport accessible to cities and regions.
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Discuss recommendations on buses with high level of services at Annual Polis Conference

Don't miss your chance to meet the European bus experts: the analysis of 35 schemes from across Europe reveals barriers, lessons and recommendations for decision-makers to achieve high levels of service. This will be presented as the final event of the COST TU 0603 action on 29 November at the Annual Polis Conference in Brussels!

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Polis president at EPA congress: the parking sector is ready for the new deal

The European Parking Association's congress in Torino, Italy, reached its objective to reach out to people outside the parking operations sector, to establish parking as a key factor in urban transport management and to prepare ground for action to improve the image of the parking sector. Jörn Marx of the city of Dresden, Polis President, presented the city's case for public and private cooperation.

Starting from the tagline: “Parking, the new Deal”  the congress (from 14 to 16 September 2011) addressed the societal role of parking. Parking was identified as a key instrument for urban accessibility and quality of life. A lot of attention was paid to the importance of the  links between parking and other fields of expertise. Different arguments came together to enhance the image of the parking sector. ITS developments were discussed. One could describe the red thread throughout the congress as "Parking 2.0". Not the offer of different systems was put central, but the societal goals that can be accomplished with them.

Central in this discussion is the level and nature of cooperation between public authorities and private operators. Polis president Jörn Marx, the Dresden Mayor for urban development, described the Dresden case together with recommendations for successful cooperation: a coherent planning framework together with transparent cooperation agreements.

The potential of succesful parking policies was highlighted by a video message of Siim Kallas, vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner for transport. Kallas emphasised the importance of parking as an economic instrument. He recognised the importance of parking policy not only as a part of transport policy, but also as an urban development tool. This was the first time that the EC communicated at this level about parking policy. Mr. Kallas' intervention can be seen as an important back-up to the EPA's objective to raise the profile of parking policy at the political level.

The next EPA congress will take place in Dublin, 12-14 September 2013, Theme: VISION2020: intelligent transport management.

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.

The Urban Transport Innovation Box

One of the main objectives of NICHES+ is to promote succesful innovative approaches in urban transport and to encourage take-up by other cities in Europe. To this end, the NICHES+ partners produced a number of publications which have been collected in a “Urban Transport Innovation Box”. This box contains “Guidelines for Implementers” on 12 selected measures in the field of accessibility, infrastructure and interchanges, traffic management and automated and spaceefficient vehicles, a “Summary Brochure” and a “Study Tour Catalogue”. The Urban Transport Innovation Box can be ordered via the project coordinator, individual publications can also be downloaded from the project website.

Guidelines for Implementers

The Guidelines for Implementers, 16 page brochures in English, were developed in close consultation with leading experts and experienced transport professionals, providing an overview of costs and benefits, check lists, good practice examples and potential users and stakeholders that need to be involved. Even more important, the Guidelines offer a step-by-step approach in order to move from theory to practice, describing in detail what needs to be done to prepare and implement a selected measure, as for example the introduction of bus rapid transit or the construction of passenger-friendly intermodal interchanges.

Summary Brochure

This publication – a 36 page brochure available in English, German, French, Polish and Spanish - aims to introduce local authorities and urban transport professionals to the 12 selected innovative concepts. Each concept is illustrated with good practice examples, key benefits, decision criteria for implementation and useful references.

Study Tour Catalogue

Throughout the NICHES+ project, Working Group experts and Champion City representatives organised and joined a series of site visits to European cities that pioneered specific innovative transport measures. In order to allow other transport practitioners – and decision makers – to learn from these succesful examples, the NICHES+ team developed a travel guide on urban transport innovation in Europe, presenting 36 cities in three different categories: Innovation Leaders, Award Winners and Other Cities to Discover. Each of the city profiles contains useful contact information and weblinks, allowing you to prepare your own study tour.

e-Learning tool

As additional dissemination tool in innovative format, NICHES+ developed three e-learning courses on the following topics: travel training for public transport, neighbourhood accessibility planning and traffic management centres.  
The e-learning modules offer a guided training tour with text, illustrations, videos and quizzes. They are accessible through www.niches-transport.org.

NICHES+ is also proud to present a video report of its final conference: watch it here.

All the key outputs can be downloaded from either www.niches-transport.org or www.osmose-os.org, most of the publications are also available in print and can be ordered for free through project coordinator Polis via icre@polisnetwork.eu.

More information: click here.

European capitals commit to further use waterways for freight movement

Five European capitals signed the charter ‘Connecting with waterways: a Capital Choice’ in Brussels in the presence of the European Commission.

The five cities, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Budapest, recognise the potential of their inland waterways as a sustainable and efficient solution for bringing goods in and out of their city, thereby avoiding the road-based congestion in and around these large conurbations. One 16 September 2011, these five cities signed the charter ‘Connecting with waterways: a Capital Choice’.

Moreover, by promoting waterborne transport, these cities hope to contribute to achieving CO2-free logistics, one of the goals of the European Transport Policy. To enhance the role of waterway transport, the political authorities of these European capitals will strengthen dialogue with the inland port authorities and take the necessary steps to tackle the growing challenges of urban freight supply and distribution.

European capitals are expected to play an important role in the revision of the Trans-European Transport policy, as they will be considered primary nodes of the TEN-T core network. By signing this charger, the five cities aspire to be frontrunners in finding and promoting best practices to achieve the ambitious goes put forward by the Commission.

Other capital cities with ambitions to promote greater use of their waterways are welcome to join this initiative. For further information, go to: www.capitalsconnectwithwaterways.eu.


Dresden: Electronic Schedules at Public Transport Stops and E-Bikes in an E-Mobility Model Region

The issue of Member in the Spotlight comes from the city holding the Polis presidency, Dresden. It provides an update on many of the new and running projects in Dresden, including many innovations in public transport, planning, mobility management and education.

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