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LEPT eBulletin – December 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • By kate.mouncher

The LEPT  team would like to wish all our partners and colleagues a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Urban Innovation Actions
The second Call for Proposals of the UIA initiative is now open. The called opened on 16 December 2016 and the deadline for responding is 14 April 2017.

The Europe Commission has selected three topics that will be included in the 2nd call for proposals: integration of migrants and refuges, circular economy, and sustainable urban mobility.

LEPT published a briefing for boroughs on the UIA funding programme and the 2016 Call for Proposals. 

On 5 December 2016, the URBACT Secretariat launched the first call for good practices. This call is seeking good practices tackling complex challenges in urban environments and using an integrated and participative approach to problem-solving.

URBACT is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme that aims to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. URBACT does not directly invest in urban development. Instead the programme facilitates the sharing of knowledge and good practice between cities and other levels of government, with the aim to improve the quality of planning and implementation of integrated urban plans and programmes in cities. 


Thinking Cities Magazine Published
The 7th issue of the Thinking Cities magazine was published on 01 December 2016. The focus of this issue is ‘the role automated vehicles can play in cities, and how autonomous a city has to be, to meet the need of it citizens’.

Polis Management Committee
LEPT was successful in its candidacy to represent London on the Polis Management Committee. LEPT are looking forward to the role and working more closely with both POLIS and our European colleagues.


Increased investment in cycling in London
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that a record £154 million per year will be spent on cycling in London over the next five years. Over the course of the Business Plan, up to 2021/2022, a total of £770 million will be spent on infrastructure and initiatives to promote cycling. This investment represents an average £17 per head per annum and is on a par with Denmark and the Netherlands.

Odd/Even Traffic Sharing publishes the latest news, information and research on the growing practice of alternate day road-sharing to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. The focus is on innovations that measure air quality and traffic volumes, on efforts to curb vehicle emissions and on emerging technologies in the areas of spatial and digital mapping.


Polis Annual Conference
LEPT attended the 2016 Polis annual conference that took place on 1 and 2 December 2016 in Rotterdam. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions’. The conference was attended by over 450 mobility professionals across Europe; delegates were able to attend interactive sessions based around four thematic pillars:

  • Environment and Health in Transport
  • Mobility and Traffic Efficiency
  • Transport Safety and Security
  • Social and Economic Aspect of Transport.

All presentations from the conference are available to download on the Polis website. The conference provided LEPT with the opportunity to share and learn best practise with our colleagues in Europe and network with other European cities looking at EU funding opportunities in similar fields related to transport. 


24 January 2017, London, UK, Safer Cities: Safer Futures Conference
The London Road Safety Council is hosting a conference to look at the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for road safety professions working in the cities across the UK. Registration for the event is now open; the primary target audience is for road safety and active travel professionals.

20-21 March 2017, Vienna, Austria, European Cycle Logistics Conference
The next European Cycle Logistics Conference will showcase best practice in cycle logistics, highlight support needed and define the strategy required to implement successful cycle logistics solutions and initiatives. Registration for the conference will open on 01 December 2016.

22-23 March 2017, Brussels, Belgium, 5th EU Electromobility Stakeholder Forum
The ZeEUS and FREVUE teams will be hosting the 5th EU Electromobility Stakeholder Forum in March 2017. The event will bring together high level representatives from industry, research organisation, policy makers and experts to discuss the future of electromobility.

31 May-02 June 2017, Maastricht, Netherlands, European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) 2017
The next ECOMM will take place in Maastricht from 31 May – 2 June 2017. The conference theme in 2017 is: ‘public-private partnership in the field of smart mobility. Calls for presentation will open at the start of November.

13-16 June 2017, Arnhem-Nijmegen, Netherlands, Velo-City 2017
Registration for Velo-City 2017 will open on 12 December 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Freedom of Cycling’.