Issue #113
January 2015

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Dear members,

2015 promises to be an engaging and interesting year for Polis members. This includes a number of relevant conferences, trainings and Working Group meetings. Time to mark your calendars and save the date for the 2015 Annual General Assembly on 18 November 2015, followed by the Annual Polis Conference on 19-20 November in Brussels.

To help our members plan the year, we have prepared a comprehensive overview of relevant events. Those are either organised by Polis or cover relevant topics and initiatives.

Please note that you need to login to the Polis website as a member to access the full overview and read below's article completely! If you do not know your login details, please contact us!

I wish you a pleasent read!

Yours sincerely,
Karen Vancluysen
Executive Director


Save the date: 2015 Polis Conference

This year's Annual General Assembly (AGA) & Annual Polis Conference will take place 18-20 November in Brussels. Save the date!

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Member in the spotlight: The Year of Living Sustainably

In 2015, Polis member Bristol is Europe's official Green Capital. George Ferguson, the Mayor of Bristol, gave Polis' Dagmar Köhler an insight into the role transport plays in a sustainable city region, attitudes towards changes in the transport system and why international cooperation has been a major pillar of Bristol's path to success.

What role does a city's transport system play in it becoming a sustainable city, and ultimately to be awarded the Green Capital of Europe?

Ferguson: It is a vital one that makes a major contribution to the bigger picture of a healthy and sustainable city. Bristol is a complex, historic city making transport connections especially challenging. There is no simple solution to an unacceptably high level of congestion. We must pursue a flexible but high performing public transport network, encouragement of active transport in the form of walking and cycling, and a 'carrot and stick' approach to entice people out of their cars, and to share them, if we are to have streets that are no longer clogged with traffic, and air that is safe to breathe.

Many cities face opposition against measures perceived to be threatening drivers. Do you have the support of citizens to make Bristol's transport system more sustainable?

I think I do in general, although the noise from some drivers might indicate otherwise! New transport measures will always be controversial and there has been some opposition to the introduction of... [CONTINUE READING]

The full interview has been published in the 'Thinking Cities' magazine, a joint publication of Polis and H3B Media. Issue 3, November/2014, page 16. Access it here.

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