European cities embrace the future of urban mobility

While Hong Kong ranked first in the latest Future of Urban Mobility study, eight of the top ten spots were captured by European cities. The index, produced by consulting firm Arthur D. Little and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), reveals that most cities are still badly equipped to deal with the mobility challenges ahead.

The new version of the ‘Future of Urban Mobility’ study identifies the mobility challenges facing cities worldwide. The report identifies strategic directions and recommendations for improvement. Important indicators include the density of cycling networks, the number of vehicles registered per person, and the share of public transport.

The study looks at 84 cities around the world and shows that most cities are still badly equipped to cope with future mobility challenges. Hong Kong tops the ranking, followed closely by Stockholm and Amsterdam. Copenhagen and Vienna complete the top five. Singapore, in sixth, was the only other city outside of Europe to make it to the top ten.

The study identifies three strategic directions for cities to shape their future: (1) Establishing a sustainable core by investing in sustainable urban mobility infrastructure, (2) Rethinking the system by shaping the political agenda towards a shift to the public and sustainability, and (3) Networking the system by integrating different market players and networking citizens. It also includes 25 imperatives to consider by cities, such as coordinating transport planning with other policies, engaging with citizens and businesses to encourage well-informed and sustainable travel and location choices, introducing traffic calming measures, and initiating fair competition between public transport modes and business models.

Considering that today, 64 per cent of all travel made is within urban environments and that by 2050, it is estimated that 67 per cent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, this means that greater innovation will be needed in the future to address the increasing demand for urban journeys (expected to rise by 68 per cent from 2010-2030).

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