Kuala Lumpur ranked 95th in the global index and this result is an indication that the city should explore the use of mobility to build economic growth. Although it received a low score, it highlights the untapped opportunity for Kuala Lumpur to build a sustainable future around large scale infrastructure and the ability to bring public transport to the masses. With emerging city challenges around growth in population and rapid urbanization, Kuala Lumpur recognizes the need for sustainable mobility which is reflected by a number of large infrastructure projects that will have an impact the city’s ranking over the coming years.
In this latest edition of the Sustainable Cities research, we examine 100 cities across 23 evaluation indicators to give an indicative ranking of each city’s mobility and how sustainable its system is in terms of the 3 pillars of sustainability, PEOPLE (social), PLANET (environmental) and PROFIT (economy).
The emerging Asia city scored an 31% overall in the Index. Although having a global ranking of 94, the report findings substantiates the government’s goal to transform Kuala Lumpur into a world-class metropolis by 2020. For instance, a number of large scale projects aimed to improve urban mobility are in development including a 40km pedestrian walkway network, cross-country high speed rail links and a mass transit rail expansion. These are all contributing to a sustainable mobility for Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur scored well with 98% on the upkeep of its current transport system and 63% for wheelchair access. However, the city’s ranking was brought down by a low score in controlling transport network fatalities (12%), limited access to transport services (11%) and active commuting (0%). The ranking presents an opportunity for future infrastructure projects by addressing these limitations.
Under the Profit pillar of sustainability, Kuala Lumpur scored 57% on affordability of public transport. Yet, the biggest opportunity links with the lack of large scale infrastructure. The city needs to bring public transport to the masses to enable improved movement of its citizens, as currently it only scored 14% for accessibilty.
Under the Planet pillar, the Malaysian capital scored 0% which shows a clear potential area for adopting a greener approach – such as low emission zones, green transport links and electric vehicle incentives. However, large scale projects such as high speed rail and pedestrian walkways are on their way to popularize public transport and reduce the reliance on private-owned vehicles.
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