Join the LENS City Platform & Stakeholder group!
POLIS is looking out for members of the LENS City Platform and Stakeholder Group - do you want to join?
Are you a city eager to improve your local air quality? Are your citizens annoyed by motorcycles' noise and uncontrolled CO2 and particle emissions? Then... the LENS City Platform will help you monitor and reduce the negative impacts of motorcycles in your city!
Are you a motorcycle expert, manufacturer, rider, or controller, willing to help cities address related challenges? Are you interested in building the community and improving how light vehicles support citizens' mobility? In this case, we wait for you in the LENS Stakeholder group!
What is LENS?
LENS (L-vehicles Emissions and Noise Mitigation Solutions) is an EU-funded project that started in September 2022 and ending in August 2025. It is conducted by a consortium of 15 partners including R&D organisations, academic institutes, LVs manufacturers and suppliers, and a network of local administrations.
It aims at assisting enforcement authorities, cities and regulators to decrease the contribution of L-category vehicles (mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadri-mobiles) to noise and air pollution.
This assistance will be twofold: on one side, LENS will develop and promote interventions and best practices to address noise and pollutant emissions of current fleets. On the other side, the project will make suggestions for regulations to improve the performance of future vehicles.
The project outcomes will be:
- Performance data from an extensive test programme of noise and pollutant emissions, including onboard, on-track and in-lab tests;
- New measurement systems, techniques and procedures to detect the worst noise & emission from light vehicles (LVs), incl. tampered ones;
- A smart app with project findings to assist riders in adopting a more city-friendly riding style in terms of noise and emissions;
- Recommendations for quieter and cleaner LVs.
Why should YOU join the LENS City Platform?
LENS will facilitate the exchange of cities with experts on the topic of noise and air pollution of two-wheelers. The project will offer capacity-building activities to cities, including webinars, training and bilateral meetings with the partners developing LENS tools. The consortium partners will provide customised feedback to cities for innovative business models and solutions uptake.
Members of the LENS City Platform will have the opportunity to review the tools and recommendations developed in the project, so they best serve their purpose. They will be the first audience to provide local information, guide project activities, engage with partners and disseminate findings.
LENS City Platform members will participate in interviews and surveys to identify and analyse their needs, requirements and expectations towards the LENS solutions.
They will attend two workshops (ideally in person):
- One at the beginning of the project to collect their initial expectations and advertise upcoming LENS activities;
- One at the end of the project to present the main results and tools, and to inform them on how these may be utilised.
The first workshop will be aligned with a POLIS members' activity, while the second workshop will be organised back-to-back with the LENS Final Conference. City Platform members will be invited to this final conference as well, which will include a training activity for their uptake of the LENS tools.
The LENS City Platform will be composed of cities and regions exclusively. Some have already expressed their support: Paris, Rome, Flanders, Budapest, Ravenna, Helmond, Arad, London, and the Province of Noord-Brabant.
The budget is foreseen to contribute to City Platform members' travel and accommodation expenses, for the three events they are expected to take part. Online activities will be the norm for further engagement.
Why would YOU join the LENS Stakeholder Group?
In this group, you will have access to the expertise of diverse stakeholders on noise and air pollution of two-wheelers, and be part of the community created in the project. You will benefit from the opportunity to share and value your work and experience related to L-vehicles with other experts, and with authorities and users.
The Stakeholder Group members will be involved in a dialogue with local authorities willing to address these challenges through engagement with the LENS City Platform. They will influence the project outcomes aimed at local authorities, by providing requirements and/or feedback on the work in progress. This will ensure the acceptability, validity, and maximal uptake of LENS’ results and outputs. The LENS project consortium members will frame this exchange, contribute with their expertise, and make sure it results in better LVs’ integration in urban mobility planning.
The group will be composed of up to 20 external members belonging to the project’s target groups:
- Public authorities (other than cities)
- Private sector
- Academia and researchers
- Enforcement bodies
- Technology suppliers and industry
- End-user organisations
- Riders and concerned citizens
It will materialise through a mailing list and a closed Linkedin group for specific and targeted exchange. In addition, group members will concretely meet in semi-annual gatherings at other key events or online. And they will of course be invited to all LENS public activities.
The group is free to join. There are two possible levels of involvement:
- Active involvement
- Provide feedback on the LENS outcomes (noise and emission measurement systems, testing procedures, tampering impacts assessment, mitigation measure recommendations)
- Join the LENS semi-annual Stakeholder Group meetings/calls
- Participate in the two workshops and the final event together with the city platform
- Basic involvement
- Receive information through targeted emails for a defined mailing list and through a closed LinkedIn group
For both the City platform and the Stakeholder Group, participating in LENS activities will help:
- Understand the extent of the noise & emissions issue
- Access policy options to decrease their negative impact
- Detect tampering practices with new and better tools, devices and methods
- Access noise and pollutants emission assessment models
- Improve new/existing LVs with key recommendations
We are just waiting for you!
Express interest until 28 April and we will get back to you by 10 May.