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InfoPolis #173
October 2017

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Dear members,

Polis members will gather soon for two important Working Group meetings:

First, next week's Traffic Efficiency & Mobility WG meeting will be your platform to continue discussions on the impact of automated vehicles and Mobility as a Service (MaaS). The meeting is organised on 9 October in Brussels, back to back with the 'European Week of Regions and Cities' (formerly 'The Open Days'). Its rich programme includes a number of events organised by Polis member cities and regions.

In two weeks’ time then, Polis members will come together to share new insights on integrating transport and health. This Working Group meeting takes place on 18 and 19 October in Paris, and we are able to support travel costs for up to 20 local authorities! We strongly invite you to make use of this extraordinary opportunity! Please read more in this newsletter and contact Florinda Boschetti.

Please login to the Polis website as a member to access all information addressed to Polis members only (green headlines). If you do not remember your login details, don’t hesitate to contact us.

For now, I wish you a pleasant read!

Kind regards,
Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


QUICK NEWS

2017 CIVITAS forum took place last week

The CIVITAS FORUM Conference was held on 27-29/9 in Torres Vedras, and Polis along with many members actively contributed. http://civitas.eu/forum2017

2 weeks left to apply for Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards

The deadline for both European Awards is 18 October: Read more.

Polis members invited to publish in Thinking Cities

The magazine's next edition will be released at the 2017 Polis Conference. Editorial deadline: 6/11. Please contact Dagmar Köhler if you are interested to contribute.

Calendar

Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.


Polis Network News

Draft programme updated of 2017 Polis Conference

This year's Annual Polis Conference takes place on 6-7 December 2017 in Brussels. Many members speak in the parallel sessions and plenaries, including political representatives of Flanders, Ile-de-France and Rotterdam.

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EPA-Polis-CROW parking workshop: presentations now available!

Rotterdam was the central place for the European Parking Congress in the week of 18 September. CROW and Polis organized an additional session for parking stakeholders on 'Parking and behavior' on September 19th, before the start of the congress – and this in close cooperation with the EPA. An international audience listened to practical examples from Leuven, Lille, Southend-on-Sea, Zwolle and The Hague.

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Polis members of working group on bike sharing met in Manchester to take a closer look at the first free-floating bike scheme launched in a major European city

The Polis working group on bike sharing was hosted by Transport for Greater Manchester in the U.K. on September 26. The workshop looked at the most recent launch of free-floating bikes in Manchester. The event was organised back to back with the Future of Bike Share Conference by Bike Plus on September 27-28.

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POLIS Urban Mobility Breakfast held on MaaS

Polis hosted a breakfast meeting on 19 September in Brussels to discuss its newest discussion paper: "Mobility as a Service: What's the role of cities and regions?"

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Members in action

Member in the Spotlight: How fast cycling in Gelderland encourages modal shift

Sjors van Duren is Policy Advisor for the Province of Gelderland in the Netherlands and Programme Director of Velo-city 2017, the major cycling conference that takes place from 13-16th of June in the Arnhem and Nijmegen Region. He tells Florinda Boschetti more about his job as the lead Cycling Officer and Programme Director of the world’s leading cycling event.

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Milan and Florence launch free floating bicycles

Two dockless bike operators have responded to the public tender published by Milan City Council last June. The first fleet of 4,000 free floating bikes was deployed in the streets of Milan on August 30th. A total of 12,000 bicycles will be progressively introduced by the end of the year 2017.

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European projects

Electric freight in cities: ELIPTIC and FREVUE joined forces in Barcelona

On Wednesday 13th September, the FREVUE and ELIPTIC projects organised a joint workshop in Barcelona on the theme of "the use of electric PT infrastructure for charging freight vehicles". The workshop was followed by site visits in the city.

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FREVUE comes to an end

After 4.5 years of demonstration and research activities, the FREVUE project came to an end this month. Find all the final results online and read the project's recommendation to local authorities.

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New conference gathering research results from H2020 road transport projects

On 29 and 30 November, the 1st EGVIA-ERTRAC conference is taking place in Brussels, entitled "Results from Road Transport Research in H2020 projects". With the support of the European Commission, the conference shall be a display of research results from road transport projects funded under Horizon2020.

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Travel funds available to Local Authorities for the “Active Travel for Healthy Cities” workshop, 19 October 2017 in Paris

Polis, in cooperation with PASTA project will host the workshop “Active Travel for Healthy Cities” during Autonomy’s Urban Mobility Summit in Paris. The workshop aims to present the new Health economic assessment tool (HEAT) and city case studies of the use of HEAT to inform sound transport policy and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP).

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Electric freight in cities: ELIPTIC and FREVUE joined forces in Barcelona

On Wednesday 13th September, the FREVUE and ELIPTIC projects organised a joint workshop in Barcelona on the theme of "the use of electric PT infrastructure for charging freight vehicles". The workshop was followed by site visits in the city.

Read more

NOVELOG cities stories - workshop in Brussels, 11 October!

Over the past two years, the NOVELOG project has developed four tools to support city logistics policy formulation and decision-making, which have been tested in 12 cities. The preliminary outcomes from selected city cases will be presented at this workshop.

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SULPITER training programme recruits

SULPITER selects cities and regions for joining its training programme on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Functional Urban Areas. The call is open until 15th October 2017.

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Cities & Regions invited to "The European Reality of SUMP" conference - Registration open

The REFORM conference “The European Reality of SUMP” will take place at the POLIS offices in Brussels on 26 October 2017.

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News from the institutions

New Diesel testing Requirements for vehicles go into force as of 1st of September 2017

The European Commission has announced that as of 1 September 2017, new car models will have to pass new emissions tests that will be performed in real driving conditions ("Real Driving Emissions" – RDE) as well as an improved laboratory test ("World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure" – WLTP) before they can be driven on European roads.

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Remote sensing: towards a more accurate analysis of traffic emissions

On Thursday 28th September, a conference on the remote sensing technology was held at the European Parliament. On the longer term, this promising technology for measuring vehicle's emissions should help cities implementing low-emission zones.

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The Future of the Connecting Europe Facility post 2020

On the 5 September, Polis together with ERRIN, the European Regions Research and Innovation Network, welcomed Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the Tran Committee of the European Parliament, to discuss the future of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) at the premises of Ile De France.

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Around Europe and beyond

SUMP Award: Shared mobility in sustainable urban mobility planning

Each year, the award focuses on a specific theme. For the 6th edition of the SUMP Award, the theme is "Shared mobility in sustainable urban mobility planning". Applications from European cities and regions are welcome until 3rd November 2017.

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