LENS is looking for members for its City Platform and stakeholder group to exchange and support the EU-funded project to reduce the noise- and air pollution of L-vehicles. 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.

Both groups will help your city to understand the extent of L-vehicle emissions and gain insights into emission assessment models and potential policy options to decrease the negative impacts. Furthermore, you will have the chance to learn about the detection methods for tempering practices with new and better tools, devices and methods. Policy tools, such as key recommendations that are drawn from the project results will be shared and discussed with you and other experts.

Learn more about the project plans, plans for cooperation and further information below and express your interest until 28 April and we will get back to you by 10 May.

For any further information, you can refer to the call to join the City Platform and the Call to join the Stakeholder Group, where you can find contacts in case questions remain unanswered.

The outcomes of the LENS project 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?

The LENS City Platform 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 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, which will likely take place 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. You will be able to join the following group of potential cities and regions, which already have expressed their support: Paris, Rome, London, Budapest, Ravenna, Helmond, Arad, Flanders, and the Province of Noord-Brabant.

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.