Polis Newsletter
September 2018

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Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the Polis monthly newsletter!

European Mobility Week was full of action! While our cities were organising numerous mobility activities for their citizens as part of this campaign, transport experts met at the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen and CIVITAS Forum in Umea last week. Engaging with mayors, deputy mayors, and industry leaders at both events made one thing crystal clear yet again:

Real change comes from the local level. Cities make it happen!

The inspiring keynotes and panel discussions at the plenary sessions I chaired at the CIVITAS Forum emphasised this should be done in partnership with the private sector and industry, with cities setting the policy framework for the innovations coming our way.

Such innovations are not just for the big European capitals and happy few, also small and medium-sized cities are perfect test-beds for new solutions. Today's mobility session at the Nordic Edge conference marks the start of the SMC-platform within Polis, SMC now stands for Small and Medium-sized Cities! Read more in this newsletter.

Finally, let me remind you of our upcoming 2018 Polis Conference on 22-23 November in Manchester - you are just in time to register and benefit from early bird reductions until next week!

We hope you’ll enjoy this Polis news update!

Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General

Polis is the network of European cities and regions working together to deploy innovative technologies and policies for a more sustainable mobility. About Polis.


Opinion: No toying around with air quality for city dwellers

Polis published an opinion piece on Urban Vehicle Access Restrictions on Euractiv. Read it here.

Polis Network News

Securing the Future of Urban Mobility Research & Innovation in Europe

In its recent position paper, Polis would like to highlight some needs and points of attention in view of the current discussions and negotiations regarding Horizon Europe, the upcoming 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

What should urban mobility R&I address?

In the previous framework programmes, the focus of most urban mobility R&I projects has been on close-to-market deployment of innovation. This path is worthwhile continuing. However, more is needed than just developing new solutions and technologies. There should be increased attention for and effort on preparing and enabling local authorities to work with and deploy innovation. The R&I efforts within the field of urban mobility should create a policy outfit for cities and regions that makes it possible for them to point innovation, disruptive or planned, in the appropriate direction, in a way that it serves sustainable mobility policy goals.

The position of transport and urban mobility in Horizon Europe

Polis appreciates the new conceptual framework launched on the 2nd of May with regards to innovation funding programmes. However, as it stands, transport research would not see its own dedicated work programme – which was the case in the previous framework programmes. Transport will be part of a clustered challenge “Energy, Climate and Transport”. Polis regrets this choice: the importance of transport, and within that urban mobility, might become diluted.

Polis asks that transport research should receive an equal and balanced share in the clustered work programmes and be not made subsidiary to the policy fields it is clustered with, i.e. energy and climate. Also, within transport, a dedicated urban mobility stream of call topics should be defined, with appropriate budgets allocated to these topics. Transport should also raise its profile in those parts of the research programmes that currently fit under Energy (such as the Smart Cities and Communities Light House project stream), and ICT.

Urban mobility as a key issue in Horizon Europe missions

The concept of missions as part of the global challenges pillar is refreshing. Polis looks forward to further information about how they will take shape in concrete terms. The clear reference to clean mobility in the EC communication is welcome. A mission on clean mobility should clearly relate to ambitions and targets that have been expressed earlier in relevant EU policy documents, e.g. carbon-neutral logistics in cities by 2030. Polis would also welcome the mainstreaming of urban mobility in other missions. Indeed, most missions could clearly have an urban mobility or transport component. To name just a few, reverse logistics when referring to circular economy, healthy lifestyles and active travel as well as air quality improvement, when referring to the fight against cancer and obesity.

R&I Governance and instruments

Polis welcomes the overall view of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework, including Horizon Europe, that funding should be better targeted to policy relevant outputs. Polis calls for more policy relevance in research and innovation. Instruments for policy transfer and upscaling of solutions should be fostered. More funds for exchange and capacity building targeted at cities and regions – similar to the former IEE - STEER programme, which never saw a proper replacement – is therefore needed. Upscaling, transferability and replication approaches are also instrumental in making sure that EU-funded innovations and solutions do not disappear after having been piloted, but are taken forward through a legacy that allows for further roll-out, deployment and exploitation on a larger scale and on the longer term.

A full version of the document is available here. To read other Polis position and discussion papers, click here.

Register now for the 2018 Polis Conference

Registration is open for our annual flagship event: The 2018 Polis Conference takes place on 22-23 November in Manchester. Reduced early bird rates apply until 5 October.

Registration for the 2018 Polis Conference is possible online. Early bird rates apply until 5 October. Polis members register free of charge.

Click here for Early Bird registrations

Updated Polis Conference programme

Check out the conference programme, offering insights into the latest urban transport innovations through high-level plenary sessions, 30 interactive break-out sessions, and site visits!

How can cities prepare for automation, or rather, how should automation adapt to cities? Listen to examples from our members Amsterdam, Emmen, Gothenburg and Île de France in the session On the road to automation.

Data is everywhere, and offers a big opportunity for cities to improve urban mobility and move towards more evidence-based decision-making. The session Data-driven decision-making will show examples of the use of data-driven mobility policy.

Click here for the conference programme

Exhibit your work

Stands at our exhibition are still available. Would you like to showcase your organisation or project and get to know our attendees?

Workshop invitation: Electromobility in practice, 17 October 2018, Paris

The European INTERREG projects CleanMobilEnergy (CME) and SEEV4-City join forces to organise the "Electromobility in practice – solutions, experiences & lessons learnt" Workshop in Paris on 17 October 2018. The meeting is organised back-to-back with AUTONOMY & the Urban Mobility Summit.

Interreg’s CleanMobilEnergy and SEEV4-City projects have joined forces to organise a series of events this Autumn with the aim to illustrate breakthrough approaches and solutions being adopted across the public and the private sector for the deployment of electromobility charging infrastructure, including state-of-the-art energy storage technology and intelligent management systems for an efficient use of renewable energy powering electric vehicles and building facilities.

A joint workshop "Electromobility in practice – solutions, experiences & lessons learnt" will take place on 17 October 2018 in Paris, from 10h00 to 17h00, at IAU île-de-France 15, rue Falguière, 75015 Paris.

The workshop will look at:

  • City dialogue session: Electromobility charging infrastructure and smart energy management technology solutions piloted across European cities.
  • Expert discussion in small groups among public authorities and other electromobility experts on:
    • City needs & requirements;
    • Intelligent Energy Management System;
    • Social and societal acceptance;
    • Policy context ;
    • Business models;
    • EU legal aspects
  • Business models and policy recommendations

The workshop agenda can be found on the event page.

On the subsequent day 18 October 2018 a 45 minutes roundtable "E-mobility roll-out in cities" will be hosted during AUTONOMY & the Urban Mobility Summit, at La Villette, Paris.

The roundtable will see representatives of public authorities and the private sector exchanging views and ideas about challenges and solutions for the deployment of electromobility solutions in urban areas, and energy management.


  • Registrations to the joint workshop "Electromobility in practice – solutions, experiences & lessons learnt" on 17 October are open! Please use the Registration link
  • To attend the roundtable "E-mobility roll-out in cities" at AUTONOMY & the Urban Mobility Summit, registration to the Summit is mandatory. City and policymakers are eligible for a free ticket. To get a free pass, register here.

Traffic management in an increasingly connected and automated transport system

The MAVEN project invites you to joint its workshop in Greenwich (London) on 24 October about how increasing vehicle automation may affect urban traffic management. Local authorities are the main target group of this workshop; however, it is also open to other urban transport stakeholders with an interest in CCAV.

The workshop's aims are to:

  • explore in more detail how increasingly instrumented vehicles are likely to behave on city roads and how this may affect the traffic management task and wider transport goals
  • provide insight to the role that communication technology can play in the shorter-term of connected transport and the longer-term of automated transport
  • promote reflection among local authorities on their role and responsibility as CCAV evolves.

MAVEN is teaming up with the following related H2020 projects for this workshop: CoEXist and TransAID. The event follows two similar workshops held in Brussels in October 2017 and Barcelona in November 2016.

The draft agenda can be found here, online registration here and practical information here.

Register now: Joint Polis-ITF workshop on road safety and data on 20-21 November

The Polis Working Group on road safety and the International Transport Forum's Safer City Street initiative organise a joint workshop on 20-21 November 2018. The event will take place in London (20 Nov.) and Manchester (21 Nov). Registration is now open, draft agenda available.

The meeting is organised back to back to the 2018 Polis Conference (22-23/11 in Manchester), allowing you to combine the two events.

Polis members Aarhus, Amsterdam, Helmon, London and Utrecht are among the speakers. Download the draft agenda here.

Topics to be discussed in the meeting will include:

  • Crash data collection & alternative sources of injury data
  • Speed monitoring, enforcement and the role of street design
  • Pedestrian / cyclist / motorcyclist safety sessions
  • New directions for data-driven transport safety (big data, data sharing, etc.)
  • Benchmarking road safety across world cities
  • Integration of road safety in Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs)
  • Use of road safety data in policy definition and evaluation

To attend the workshop, please register here!

Polis members interested to present their work at the meeting should send short abstracts until September 7th to Dagmar Köhler, dkoehler@polisnetwork.eu

7th SUMP Award: Submit your application until 1 October!

Cities and regions are invited to submit an application for the European SUMP Award until Monday 1st October. The award is presented for excellence in sustainable urban mobility planning, this year specifically for its capacity to address multimodality.

On 14th May 2018, the application period for the 7th SUMP Award was launched at the SUMP Conference in Nicosia (Cyprus). With this year's theme Multimodality, the European Commission will reward the European planning authority which will show the best integration of Multimodality in its Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning process.

The winner of the award, as well as the two finalists will receive their trophies, during an award ceremony in Brussels, from the hands of the EU Commissionner for transport. The winner will also receive a professional promotional video showing their achievements as well as a Europe-wide visibility, with invitations at key urban mobility events (e.g. SUMP Conference) and publications in the European urban mobility platforms and magazines (e.g. Eltis, CiViTAS, Thinking Cities, etc.)

How to apply?

The application form can be found online at http://sump-award.mobilityweek.eu/. Applicants now have the possibility to save their application online and to modify it at a later stage, therefore, draft applications can be submitted already now! The deadline is Monday 1st October.

All planning authorities, from the EU member states, the EFTA and candidate countries are eligible. Planning authorities are public authorities (cities, towns, urban metropolis or regions) which have the formal competencies for developing and implementing a SUMP.

More information

The European Commission's award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP Award) was launched in 2012. The aim of the award is to encourage the adoption of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) by local authorities across Europe and to reward outstanding achievements in each year’s thematic priority area.

More information about the SUMP Award can be found online, on the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK website. The call for application and the criteria are available online.

Questions can be sent to: sumpaward@mobilityweek.eu


"Parking is a catalyst for urban mobility innovation"

Polis organised a meeting on parking innovation on 13 September 2018 in Prague, in partnership with the European Parking Association (EPA) and the Czech Parking Association. Polis members Prague, Lille, La Rochelle and Sofia presented their latest innovations in parking.

Historically, cities have been powerful out of randomness not the slick and clean that the digital revolution forwards, said ITF's Philippe Crist in his opening keynote. Creativity is different from developments that impact our cities, such as the artificial intelligence, which will bring anticipating of our behavior.

Petr Horsky of the Czech Parking Association, explained that initially, people saw cars as their jewels and argued that the city would be decorated by them, but slowly the perception of cars changes. Tsvetan Tsolov of Sofia reinforced the story. They received criticism of the local businesses and residents. But putting more efforts in promotion of the causes helped gaining acceptance of parking restrictions.

Karen Mounier of La Rochelle and Olivier Asselin of Metropole Lille talked about French depenalization reform, in which every city had to develop a new parking policy. Together with others, theystressed the integration of on- and off-street parking, saying that underground parking needs to become cheaper than on street parking, particularly for long parking periods. Vaclav Lukes of Prague enriched this with experience from Prague, where digital parking enforcement is already a reality today.

The Park4SUMP project, introduced by Tom Rye will develop the ParkPAD tool to review review parking policies, achieve consensus on improvements and to develop an action plan for parking in the participating cities.

All presentations can be downloaded as follows:

Key note: moving from parking to managing the curb space

Parking Policy in the Czech Republic

Fair and Efficient Enforcement: Backbone of Your City’s Parking Policy

Parking as Catalyst for Urban Mobility Innovation

Current Research and Policy Developments in Parking

PRESS RELEASE: Small and Medium-Sized Cities (SMCs) Unite for Better Mobility

Stavanger, Norway, 26 September 2018 – Small and medium-sized cities (SMCs) no longer see themselves in the shadow of large metropolitan cities when it comes to transport innovation. Instead, SMCs increasingly recognise their role to be an ideal ground for testing and implementing new transport technologies and services that address the most pressing mobility challenges, such as congestion, pollution and accessibility.

Today’s mobility session at the Nordic Edge conference in Stavanger marks the beginning of a new stream in Polis, in which small and medium-sized cities (SMCs) discuss their specific transport challenges and develop their capacity as living laboratories for innovation. The mobility session at Nordic Edge is titled “Mobility in Europe’s Small and Medium-sized Cities: challenges, opportunities and innovation” and takes place on 26 September 14-17.00h.

Transport practitioners from the following SMCs travelled to Stavanger to share their specific transport challenges in the session, the opportunities they offer as well as the exciting transport initiatives that are already underway in these small and medium-sized cities:

The mobility session at Nordic EdgeMobility in Europe’s Small and Medium-sized Cities: challenges, opportunities and innovation – marks the beginning of a new stream of activities dedicated to SMCs within Polis, the network of cities and regions for transport innovation. The contribution of transport practitioners from several SMCs will enable the audience to learn about the specific transport challenges that SMCs face, the opportunities they offer as well as the exciting transport initiatives underway.

  • Matthieu Graindorge from La Rochelle, France says: “La Rochelle has taken an active role in the development of automated road transport systems in an urban environment. We strongly believe that automation - notably shared and collective – will have an impact on SMCs in the future. SMCs have to cooperate if they want to be ready for this evolution.”

  • According to Gert Blom from the city of Helmond, The Netherlands, “SMCs have the potential to make the step from technology testing to mobility solutions. Together with Automotive Campus Living Lab Helmond, we support large-scale deployment of C-ITS technologies to address the mobility challenges that cities of all sizes face”.

  • Pieter Faber from the city of Emmen, the Netherlands, also sees great potential in “C-ITS as well as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in helping sparsely-populated regions to keep their towns connected, stimulating alternatives to car use and keeping the area socially viable and connected for people of all ages.”

  • Sophie Gillaerts from the city of Ghent, Belgium, demonstrates “how a consortium of universities, companies and NGO’s in partnership with the City of Ghent are working on a new platform to bring Traffic Management solutions to a next level. TMaaS is developing an open and modular cloud-based platform to enable cities to manage traffic from anywhere at any time. TMaaS, with financial support from the Urban Innovative Actions initiative by the European Union is futuristic, efficient and inexpensive. Moreover, it can be used in any urban context.”

  • Trond Hansen from the municipality of Gjesdal, Norway, sees the need for collective action: “SMCs need to come together and look for alternative and innovative solutions to address the large increase of car usage and parking needs.”

  • Similary, Benoit Balmana from IVÉO, a Quebec-based NGO focussing on SMCs, is an advocate of “SMCs cooperating more and being inspired by each other. Pilot projects are a good opportunity to enable step-by-step innovation, leading to significant savings for SMCs.”

  • The view of Tina Engen from the city of Oslo, Norway, is that “a discussion on different methods of crowdsourcing data and on big data can be used as a knowledge base in our decision-making.”

  • On the same subject of data, Harald Sævareid from the city of Stavanger, Norway, is interested in “How can we tweak existing data, infrastructure and services to reduce the demand for transportation? Cities that solve mobility become more attractive as well as reduce the amount of resources needed. At the same time, travel must be supported by physical solutions and services supporting seamless mobility.”
  • Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General of Polis, suggests that “while new technologies and mobility services may bring benefit to cities of all sizes, the regulatory framework may need revisiting to ensure the benefits outweigh any possible negative outcomes and new governance models may need to be defined.”

  • Dr Jon Lamonte, CEO of Transport for Greater Manchester and current Polis president, is "happy for TfGM to contribute to this debate by providing insights into the very successful Leigh-Salford-Manchester Bus Rapid Transit, and its application for small and medium-sized cities.”




Polis is the network of cities and regions for transport innovation. Within Polis, decision-makers are provided with the necessary information and tools for making sustainable mobility a reality. More information about Polis can be found here.

Contact: Francesco Ripa, fripa@polisnetwork.eu.


Nordic Edge is the largest smart city event in the Nordic countries. It is one of Europe's most important events for experts and professionals engaged in new technological solutions that make cities, businesses, organisations, and homes smarter. More information about Nordic Edge can be found here.


Great interest into Ile-de-France's first public call for cycling projects

In May 2018, Île-de-France launched the first regional call to fund projects dedicated to daily cycling. In a few weeks, more than 30 applications have been submitted.

The region will finance the development of projects around Paris in the areas of employment and education, and around railways stations within the region.

Region Île-de-France has high ambitions to put the Parisians back in the saddle and to triple daily cycling by 2020. By adopting the regional cycling plan in March 2017, the Region has given a new impetus to cycling policy in Île-de-France. Read the full story here.


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