The Index explores mobility through the three pillars of sustainability—social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit) to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s leading cities.
Measures social and human implications of mobility systems including quality of life.
Captures environmental impacts; "green" factors like energy, pollution and emissions.
Assesses the efficiency and reliability of a mobility system to facilitate economic growth.
Brazil's most populous city, São Paulo, is the only Latin American city in the index to feature in the overall top 50. Yet, the capital cities of Lima and Mexico City are two of the highest performing globally when it comes to the share of trips taken by public transport.
|1. São Paulo||4. Mexico City|
|2. Rio de Janeiro||5. Buenos Aires|
|3. Santiago||6. Lima|
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The data highlights that the wealth, size or age of a city does not necessarily equal sustainable urban mobility. This is clearly demonstrated as we compare wealthy cities like Hong Kong (1st) with Los Angeles (72nd); massive urban centers like London (7th) with Jakarta (89th); and some of the earliest developed cities like Paris (3rd) with Cairo (94th).
Those cities that have pursued bold moves of innovation and planned for future growth see the greatest sustainability and quality of life benefits. Sustainable systems depend on the decisions of leaders in the public and private spheres, and emerging transport technologies mean there are more opportunities than ever to create cities that are built to move us into the future. With all the pressures that come from rapid urbanization, policymakers must take note and become well informed of their options in order to be able to offer residents real social and economic benefits.
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