Asian cities top green commuter index

Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore are the greenest commuter cities in the world, according to data insight company Kantar. Commuters in those three cities tend to walk or take public transport.

Data insight company Kantar released its Green Commuter index, which assesses the world’s greatest cities on their environmental urban mobility credentials. Tokyo came in first place, followed by Beijing and Singapore.

According to Kantar, the three Asian metropolises rank highly because they have a low proportion of solo drivers and a high proportion of walkers, cyclists and public transport users. Seoul also made it into the top ten, coming in seventh.

Four European cities – London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Moscow – made it into the top ten, as did Nairobi and São Paulo. No North American made it into the top ten.

Despite growing environmental concerns, 39% of urban commuters worldwide still drive to work alone – more than any other mode of transport. “One of the biggest challenges facing global cities is moving commuters away from the convenience and comfort of their cars and onto more sustainable transport options,” Kantar’s Guillaume Saint said in a statement.

Berlin topped overall City Mobility index on account of its cost-effective travel and ease of access to a wide variety of public transport infrastructure and ride-sharing services, while Amsterdam, unsurprisingly, is the champion of the Cycle index. South East Asia leads the way in travel app usage, with residents of Mumbai and Jakarta using an average of over five apps to navigate around their city.

The study is based on more than 20,000 commuter interviews in 31 cities, together with in-depth interviews with leading mobility experts around the world.

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