Amsterdam is the bicycle capital of the world. This is evident from the Mobility Futures study by Kantar.
Berlin and Auckland are the world leaders when it comes to urban mobility. The German capital is 1 in the City Mobility index, partly due to the cost-efficient public transport and the extensive and varied transport infrastructure. The metropolis also has a wide range of ride-sharing services. Cities such as Sao Paulo and Nairobi perform very poorly because they have poorly functioning public transport. The City Mobility Index is the ranking that measures the affordability and availability of transport options in major cities, worldwide.
Kantar’s ranking was established through research among 20,000 commuters in 31 cities. In addition, in-depth interviews were held with 53 leading experts in the field of international mobility.
Amsterdam scores on travel pleasure
In addition to the City Mobility Index, Kantar has also made a ranking of the most environmentally friendly large cities in the world. When it comes to environmentally friendly commuter traffic, the Asian cities are clearly champions. Tokyo is in one, followed by Beijing and Singapore. These cities achieve the high places in the rankings because residents walk and cycle a lot here or use public transport and carpooling a lot.
London is the most environmentally friendly city in Europe, partly due to the extensive train and metro network. Amsterdam is on 9 and almost 23 percent of the commuters in our capital take the bike to work.
The research shows that people worldwide are looking for alternatives to move around in and around cities. Amsterdam scores above average when it comes to travel pleasure. Commuters traveling by car to work in Amsterdam on their own would like to find an alternative, such as walking or carpooling. On average, the Amsterdam commuter uses a lot more apps with 4.5 navigation apps than other cities.
Nevertheless, the car remains the most popular despite the growing concern about the environment. This is because the car is seen as a status symbol and stands for convenience, but people certainly need it, often because public transport does not offer a decent and acceptable alternative. 37% of people who now go to work with their car would even like to leave their car at home, but have no option for this. Amsterdam also continues to improve the infrastructure for bicycle traffic; the city is currently working on a step-by-step plan to become even more friendly and accessible to cyclists and pedestrians.