TOWARD

GREENER CITIES

Cities around the world are striving to

improve air quality and provide

better transit options to their citizens

by embracing environmentally

friendly practices such as creating bike

lanes, using alternative fuels, and

offering incentives for electric

vehicles. A recent survey of a hundred

international cities ranks how well

municipal governments are doing

at helping people get where they

need to go while also making cities

more livable and attractive—

and sustainable.

by RYAN MORRIS AND

KELSEY NOWAKOWSKI

HOW THE CITIES RANK

CITY LOCATION

Africa

North America

South America

Asia

Europe

Munich,

Germany (#2)

Berlin,

Germany (#3)

German cities

score high due

to advanced bike

infrastructure,

plentiful green

spaces, and

low greenhouse

gas emissions.

Seoul,

South Korea

(#11)

Edinburgh,

U.K. (#22)

Baltimore,

U.S. (#25)

Despite its rapid

growth from fishing

village to mega-

lopolis of over

10 million people,

the Chinese city

has developed

sustainable transit.

Boston,

U.S. (#43)

To combat major

pollution, the Brazilian

city launched a

50-year strategy

in 2015 to improve

air quality and local

ecosystems by

using cleaner fuels.

Sydney,

Australia

(#61)

Electric-vehicle

incentives and

investments in

public transit are

improving mobility

in the U.S. city,

which is known for

its epic traffic jams.

Johannesburg,

South Africa

(#72)

Mumbai,

India (#84)

The densely

populated Egyptian

city struggles to

meet demand for

public transit.

Offering a wider

variety of transit

options could help.

ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES

Selected cities; higher numbers

are better scores.

FRANKFURT

Low levels of

congestion

and delays

Protected green space

Low levels of

greenhouse gas

emissions from

transportation

Bicycle

infrastructure

100

80

60

40

20

Low levels of

air pollution

Electric-vehicle

incentives

Legislative efforts to

lower transportation

emissions

SHENZHEN

100

80

60

40

20

RIO DE JANEIRO

100

80

60

40

20

LOS ANGELES

100

80

60

40

20

CAIRO

100

80

60

40

20

ART: Álvaro Valiño. Source: Sustainable Cities

Mobility Index 2017, Planet Sub-Index, Arcadis

TOWARD GREENER CITIES

Cities around the world are striving to improve air quality

and provide better transit options to their citizens by embracing

environmentally friendly practices such as creating bike lanes, using

alternative fuels, and offering incentives for electric vehicles. A recent

survey of a hundred international cities ranks how well municipal

governments are doing at helping people get where they need to go

while also making cities more livable and attractive—and sustainable.

CITY LOCATION

Africa

North America

South America

Asia

Europe

by RYAN MORRIS AND KELSEY NOWAKOWSKI

ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES

Selected cities; higher numbers are better scores.

Low levels of

congestion

and delays

Protected

green space

100

80

60

40

20

Bicycle

infrastructure

Low levels of

greenhouse gas

emissions from

transportation

Low levels of

air pollution

Electric-vehicle

incentives

Legislative efforts to

lower transportation

emissions

HOW THE CITIES RANK

Munich,

Germany

(#2)

Berlin,

Germany

(#3)

Sydney,

Australia

(#61)

Johannesburg,

South Africa

(#72)

Mumbai,

India

(#84)

Edinburgh,

U.K. (#22)

Baltimore,

U.S. (#25)

Boston,

U.S. (#43)

Seoul,

South Korea

(#11)

German cities

score high due

to advanced bike

infrastructure,

plentiful green

spaces, and

low greenhouse

gas emissions.

Despite its rapid

growth from fishing

village to mega-

lopolis of over

10 million people,

the Chinese city

has developed

sustainable transit.

To combat major

pollution, the Brazilian

city launched a

50-year strategy

in 2015 to improve

air quality and local

ecosystems by

using cleaner fuels.

Electric-vehicle

incentives and

investments in

public transit are

improving mobility

in the U.S. city,

which is known for

its epic traffic jams.

The densely

populated Egyptian

city struggles to

meet demand for

public transit.

Offering a wider

variety of transit

options could help.

ART: Álvaro Valiño. Source: Sustainable Cities Mobility Index 2017, Planet Sub-Index, Arcadis

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