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  • Added on 16 May 2019

    Cities-industry cooperation to accelerate deployment of sustainable city logistics solutions

    On May 15th, the urban freight and logistics dialogue group of POLIS and ALICE conveyed its second meeting in Brussels.

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  • Added on 23 November 2018

    Polis kicks off 2018 Conference

    On 22 November, Polis kicked off its 2018 Conference ‘Innovation in Transport for Sustainable Cities and Regions’ with a record number of 550 participants. The day before, Transport for Greater Manchester was re-elected as President.

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  • Added on 26 September 2018

    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.

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  • Added on 13 August 2018

    Cycling is the urban transport mode associated with the greatest health benefits

    A study carried out in seven European cities highlights the role of active transport in good mental health and self-perceived health.

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  • Added on 03 August 2018

    4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility – CSUM2018 - presentations available

    The 4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility – CSUM2018 was held in Skiathos Island, Greece on 24 – 25 May 2018. The Conference focused on Data analytics: Paving the way to sustainable urban mobility.

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  • Added on 25 April 2018

    PRESS RELEASE: Urban Vehicle Access Regulations Require EU Stakeholder Dialogue

    Brussels, 25 April 2018 - Representatives of European cities and automobile manufacturers call on the European Commission to continue to support the ongoing dialogue between all players involved in urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs). Dialogue is necessary to assess the impact of UVARs on mobility, and to achieve a more coordinated approach across the EU.

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  • Added on 23 April 2018

    EU Urban Freight Projects Find Common Ground

    PRESS RELEASE: The four European CIVITAS research projects CITYLAB, NOVELOG, SUCCESS and U-Turn, are sharing their solutions for cleaner urban freight transport in Europe’s cities at a joint conference in Brussels on 23 and 24 April 2018.

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  • Added on 14 March 2018

    How Cities across Europe Beat Road Congestion

    PRESS RELEASE: Over 200 urban transport professionals gather in Brussels for two days to discuss how walking and cycling can help reduce congestion on urban roads.The EU co-funded CIVITAS TRACE and FLOW projects have brought data from tracking trips and transport modelling up to a 21st century level.

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  • Added on 07 December 2017

    Cities around the world cooperate to save lives

    PRESS RELEASE: POLIS and the International Transport Forum’s “Safer City Streets” initiative cooperate for safer roads. The second joint workshop on 7 and 8 December brings cities from around the world, which are committed to reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured in traffic, to Brussels. [presse release as pdf]

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  • Added on 07 December 2017

    Is urban transport disruption good or bad? Cities will decide

    The public sector used to be the primary provider and contractor of local and regional transport services and data, but third parties - vehicle manufacturers, telecom companies, app developers - have entered this domain. This brought Polis to stage a debate on the question what should be the role of local authorities in the transport system of tomorrow. The session Who’ll take the chair? - The changing role of the local authority closed the Polis Annual Conference 2017. [Press release as PDF]

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  • Added on 06 December 2017

    Regulating vehicle access is opening up cities

    Access regulations help to manage mobility in cities. The Polis conference Opening Plenary session, titled Combat & Curb? Regulating access to city centres, focused on urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs). These can be successfully implemented to decrease air and noise pollution, curb congestion and improve liveability and safety in cities and regions.

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  • Added on 05 December 2017

    European cities and automobile manufacturers kick off dialogue on Urban Vehicle Access Regulations

    Brussels - Today representatives from European cities and automobile manufacturers came together for the first time in order to explore solutions to the challenges of increasing urban road traffic. [Press release in PDF]

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  • Added on 05 December 2017

    Greater Manchester elected as new Polis president

    PRESS RELEASE: At today’s Annual General Assembly, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) was unanimously elected to take the Presidency of Polis from Rotterdam. TfGM will chair the independent network of European cities and regions on urban transport innovation for the following year.

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  • Added on 24 May 2017

    Polis along with industry and NGOs call for urgent action on vehicle safety standards

    PRESS RELEASE: Polis co-signed a letter that was sent to the European Commission yesterday, in which we call to urgently bring forward new minimum safety standards for new cars, vans and trucks, after years of delays.

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  • Added on 21 April 2017

    Polis and 'Safer City Streets' cooperate for safer roads

    PRESS RELEASE: Cities from the Polis network and from the International Transport Forum’s ‘Safer City Streets’ network meet in Paris today. Local authorities from Europe and around the world work together to protect people from road crashes.

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  • Added on 09 March 2017

    How can cities and regions turn barriers in long-term investments into future opportunities?

    Cities and regions call the EU  institutions for flexibility when making long-term public investments in strategic public sectors. On 8 march 2017 the Urban Intergroup and the Long-term Investment and Reindustrialisation Intergroup hosted a joint workshop led by Polis and co-organised by CEMR and EUROCITIES at the European Parliament in Brussels entitled "Long-term investments: barriers and opportunities for regional and local authorities".

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  • Added on 02 December 2016

    2016 Polis Conference calls for road automation to serve city and regional transport policy

    PRESS RELEASE: 450 mobility professionals from across Europe and beyond have come together to debate on urban and regional mobility at this year’s Annual Polis Conference held in Rotterdam. Local and regional authorities call for greater understanding of where automated road transport can benefit cities.

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  • Added on 01 December 2016

    450 urban transport stakeholders discussing innovation in Rotterdam

    PRESS RELEASE: At yesterday’s Annual General Assembly, the city of Rotterdam was unanimously reelected to be the president of the Polis network for a second term in 2017. This morning, Rotterdam Vice-Mayor and Polis President Pex Langenberg opened the 2016 Annual Polis Conference, hosted by his city. In the opening plenary session, cities demonstrated their commitment towards new and clean modes of transport to address the severe air pollution challenges they face.

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  • Added on 25 July 2016

    In Motion Charging (IMC): Vossloh Kiepe leads cross border project, setting the pathway of Battery-Bus-Fleets

    Arnhem’s overhead wire infrastructure for trolley buses will become a charging infrastructure for e-buses. In addition it will be the backbone of a smart grid. Arnhem’s new trolley buses will be able to be operated as battery buses in sections without overhead wires. Charging is carried out while the 18m battery bus is in motion, driving on charging roads (c-roads) under wires.

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  • Added on 28 January 2016

    PRESS RELEASE: How mobile is the smart city?

    On 28 January, the European Commission's DG MOVE has invited 200 Smart Cities stakeholders to discuss take up of smart urban mobility in Europe. Polis has issued a policy paper emphasising the role of transport in Smart City strategies. During Wednesday's Smart Mobility Breakfast in Brussels, Polis members Île-de-France and Helmond shared their experiences with making transport smarter, to which Axel Volkery of the European Commission’s DG Move responded.

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  • Added on 19 November 2015

    PRESS RELEASE: 2015 Polis Conference calls for fully using potential of urban mobility in making the city smarter

    400 mobility professionals from across Europe and beyond have come together to debate on urban and regional mobility at this year’s Annual Polis Conference in Brussels. Local and regional authorities call for putting the citizen at the heart of the Smart Cities process.

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  • Added on 18 November 2015

    City of Rotterdam elected as Polis president

    At this year's Annual General Assembly, the city of Rotterdam was unanimously elected to be the president of the Polis network in 2016. Rotterdam is taking over the presidency from the city of Madrid, which as outgoing president will welcome delegates to this year’s Polis Conference tomorrow.

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  • Added on 10 June 2015

    Call for Juncker to reverse decision to drop serious road injury target

    About 40 organisations concerned with road safety from across Europe together with 11 members of the European Parliament have sent a letter to President Jean-Claude Juncker urging him to not drop setting new EU target to cut serious road injuries. POLIS is among the signatories.

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  • Added on 02 June 2015

    Polis, EMTA and IRU discuss coach transport in European cities

    Polis and EMTA hosted a side event about cities and coach transport at the International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit. European cities such as Budapest and Amsterdam have developed strategies for coach access and routing in answer to the increasing challenges that coach tourism and travel bring. The International Road Union (IRU) presented the views of coach operators.

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  • Added on 09 April 2015

    European Funds for Strategic Investment: Polis and UITP alliance to keep CEF and Horizon 2020 funds for innovation and transport

    On April 8th, Polis and UITP sent an open letter to Members of the European Parliament in order to reject the reallocation of CEF and H2020 funds to the European Fund for Strategic Investment. Vote is scheduled on 14th April in the European Parliament.

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  • Added on 09 April 2015

    Midterm review on the White Paper on Transport: Polis position and EP Rapporteur draft report

    The draft report from the European Parliament rappoteur has been published last week. The European Commission launched a consultation open to all stakeholders on this issue. Polis published its position paper.

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  • Added on 11 February 2015

    GrowSmarter: European Smart Cities lighthouse project started

    Mayors and delegates from a number of European cities, industry and networks including Polis gather in Stockholm from 10 to 12 February 2015 to mark the launch of a new 25 million euro project: GrowSmarter is designed to shorten the path towards a more sustainable, energy efficient and environmentally smarter Europe, and is expected to create up to 1,500 new jobs. GrowSmarter is one of the first European Smart Cities lighthouse projects funded by the H2020 Research & Innovation Programme of the European Commission.

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  • Added on 09 December 2014

    Health and transport planner experts meet to discuss active travel

    In the framework of the European co-funded project SWITCH Travel, cities and experts met in Donastia San Sebastian, Spain, to discuss about how to promote active travel and increase physical activity. Residents from five European cities are to change their transport habits for short journeys to walking and cycling. This project will help set an example and draw a methodology for personalised travel planning to foster alternative transport in urban areas.

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  • Added on 26 November 2014

    City of Madrid elected as Polis 2015 president

    At this year's Annual General Assembly, the city of Madrid was unanimously re-elected to be the president of the Polis network in 2015. Madrid continues to hold the presidency for a second year and will open this year’s Annual Polis Conference tomorrow.

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  • Added on 09 December 2013

    2013 Polis Conference calls for Greater Coordination of EU policies related to urban and regional transport

    PRESS RELEASE: 350 mobility professionals from across Europe came together to debate on urban and regional mobility at last week’s 2013 Annual Polis Conference in Brussels. Participants call for greater coordination of European policies that affect urban and regional transport.

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  • Added on 04 December 2013

    City of Madrid elected as Polis president

    At yesterday’s Annual General Assembly, the city of Madrid was unanimously elected to be the president of the Polis network in 2014. Madrid is taking over the presidency from the city of Perugia and opened this year’s Polis Conference with the launch of the network’s latest initiative “Thinking Cities”.

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  • Added on 11 September 2013

    Three EU projects join forces to suggest policy improvements in infomobility

    PRESS RELEASE: The POLITE project together with two other European projects – SUPERHUB and RITS-Net - will join forces in an Intermediate Open Workshop organised by POLITE. During the workshop they will make a common analysis on policy and governance improvements in ITS for Public Transport.

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  • Added on 12 June 2013

    ECOSTARS Europe nominated for EUSEW Award

    Polis members CDV, Edinburgh and Rotterdam have set up the ECOSTARS fleet recognition scheme, and have been nominated for the Sustainable Energy Europe (SEE) Award. The Award recognises outstanding projects in energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and clean transport.

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  • Added on 04 June 2013

    Polis and H3B Media join forces for exciting "Thinking Cities" multimedia project

    Polis, the network of European cities and regions for innovative transport solutions, and H3B Media, publishers of Thinking Highways magazine, are pleased to announce the launch of a joint venture multimedia project, Thinking Cities.

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  • Added on 13 May 2013

    New stations for better city transport: a new generation of interchanges for a more efficient and sustainable urban mobility system

    NODES, New Tools for Design and Operation of Urban Transport Interchanges is a three-year  European research project, focusing on providing and demonstrating tools for better transport interchanges to support a more efficient urban transport system.

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  • Added on 29 April 2013

    New ITS Planning Tool available for cities hosting large events

    Last week saw the release of the newly developed STADIUM ITS online guide. The guide features an interactive ITS Decision Support Tool allowing cities to choose the most appropriate ITS tools to respond to transport challenges. The system has been developed to support cities which are hosting large events.

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  • Added on 19 March 2013

    Launch of the Platform for the electrification of surface transport

    Eleven organisations from across industries and transport modes joined forces today to drive forward the electrification of surface transport.

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  • Added on 18 December 2012

    Press release: Horizon 2020 transport budget

    European transport research actors call for the Horizon 2020 budget for “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport” to be maintained at the EUR7.69bn level proposed by the European Commission.

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  • Added on 30 November 2012

    Press Release: Urban Transport experts meet at Polis Conference

    This year’s Polis Conference “Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions” has started. The international conference for urban transport professionals was opened yesterday by the city of Perugia, the conference host.

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  • Added on 28 November 2012

    City of Perugia re-elected for Polis presidency

    At today’s Annual General Assembly the city of Perugia received a unanimous vote to hold the presidency of the Polis network once again. On Thursday, Perugia will open this year’s Polis Conference to an audience of more than 200 urban mobility practitioners from across Europe.

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  • Added on 07 November 2012

    Active travel can drive urban economic growth and contribute to citizens health

    Experts in health, city planning, environment and transport from Europe and the United States, including several local authorities, debated at workshop in Brussels on 30 October on integrating health aspects in transportation planning to improve urban mobility and gain substantial savings in public health.

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  • Added on 04 September 2012

    First EU Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) award launched

    Within the framework of its Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign, the European Commission launched the EU’s first award to encourage the adoption of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) by local and regional authorities. Under the inaugural theme ‘stakeholder and citizen participation’, local and regional authorities can submit their applications for the award of EUR 10 000 on

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  • Added on 10 August 2012

    Intelligent eyes keep London moving on Olympic route network

    Six additional smart cameras have been set up on the London Olympic route network to keep the city moving. The application has been made possible through the EU co-funded research project STADIUM. The lessons learnt will culminate in an interactive ITS Online Guide.

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  • Added on 03 July 2012

    Sustainable urban mobility: Commission campaign boosts support to fight congestion and pollution

    The European Commission's Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign was launched today and represents a three-year initiative aiming to support sustainable urban mobility campaigners in 31 countries. Activities began today with the opening of a registration system to support outstanding actions for fostering positive change in attitudes and behaviour.

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  • Added on 23 March 2012

    Press release: Securing the health benefits of active travel in Europe

    The urban mobility network Polis calls for action on active travel and health in a position paper produced following the roundtable discussion on Transport & Health held at the 2011 Annual Polis Conference. The paper stresses the urgency of emphasising the link between transport and health in certain EU policy areas, and the need for more initiatives, including by the EU institutions, to actively promote the health benefits of active travel.

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  • Added on 29 February 2012

    Shooting Stars across Europe

    PRESS RELEASE: How to achieve cleaner transport in European cities and regions? The ECOSTARS scheme recognises fleet operators’ efforts to save energy and provides authorities with a method of environmental engagement with fleet operators of HGVs, buses, coaches and vans.

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  • Added on 10 February 2012

    CHAMPion cities in cycling teaming up!

    PRESS RELEASE: The bicycle is one of the corner stones in creating sustainable and liveable cities. To meet that challenge, 7 European champion cycling cities have joined forces. They aim to become even better at making the bicycle a key mode of transportation in their cities, while sharing know-how with other cities.

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  • Added on 07 November 2011

    Momentum to share outcomes with the users: Final OASIS User Forum on 15 and 16 November 2011 in Milan, Italy

    OASIS, a research project partially funded by the European Commission under FP7, promises to revolutionize the interoperability, quality, breadth and usability of services addressed to older persons through ontologies and semantic web services.

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  • Added on 08 September 2011

    Co-Cities: Cooperative Mobility Services to Improve Urban Traffic Management

    Pilot project Co-Cities incorporates travellers’ feedback to existing mobility services to offer better transport information services.

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  • Added on 27 June 2011

    SUGAR Project Entered its Final Round

    Press release: Good practice selection on public actions in urban freight management to be released. SUGAR entered its last round and is now in its final project year. The project addresses inefficient and ineffective management of urban freight distribution. In its last period a tool on good practices on freight is being developed.

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  • Added on 06 April 2011

    Five European cities and regions honoured with the OSMOSE Awards for their transport innovations

    Madrid (ES), Essex (UK), Barcelona (ES), Aalborg (DK) and San Sebastian (ES) are the winners of this year’s OSMOSE Awards for local traffic innovations. The awards are presented to the winners on 7 April in London.

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  • Added on 06 April 2011

    Stakeholders in future EU Electric Vehicle Market to collaborate around urban deployment

    London – International NGO The Climate Group and Polis – who have members that makeup a network of European Cities and Regions – hosted a joint event on 6 April at the offices of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) to discuss how local governments, fleetowners, and the energy and motor industries can work together to grow the European market forelectric vehicles (EVs).

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  • Added on 18 November 2010

    Dresden welcomes over 200 international mobility experts to POLIS annual conference

    This year's annual conference of the European network POLIS is to be held at the MESSE DRESDEN exhibition centre on 25 and 26 November 2010. Over 200 participants, including guests from Britain, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Russia and other European countries, are expected to attend the international conference: Specialists for mobility, urban and regional transportation, traffic management, goods traffic and road safety from politics, authorities, transport providers, universities and industry.

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  • Added on 28 April 2009

    Polis welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of a report on an action plan on urban mobility

    Polis press release (28/04/2009). Polis welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of a report on an action plan on urban mobility.

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