Sustainable Mobility in Bucharest. An Indicator-Based Assessment

  • Project no.251370, 251995
  • Duration 09/2019 - 11/2019

Cities all over Europe acknowledge the need for more sustainable urban transport and aim at creating people friendly mobility by creating new approaches to urban mobility planning and by stimulating a shift towards cleaner and more sustainable transport modes. In 2018, the Wuppertal Institute has developed the report "Living. Moving. Breathing. Ranking of European Cities in Sustainable Transport". It measures and evaluates the status of sustainable mobility in 13 European capitals. This point-based results framework enabled European city stakeholders and the general public to understand their current urban mobility situation, and a comparison of Berlin, London, Vienna, Brussels, Moscow, Rome, Zurich, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Budapest and Madrid.

The project "Sustainable Mobility in Bucharest" is a complementary piece to this ranking. The Wuppertal Institute collected 21 mobility indicators and compared the city of Bucharest with the 13 cities of the ranking from 2018. The cities’ comparison and the analysis of the status of sustainable mobility in Bucharest focused on five thematic areas, namely public transport, non-motorised transport, mobility management, air quality and road safety.

If the city of Bucharest had taken part to this original Ranking of European Cities in Sustainable Transport, it would have ranked 13th overall out of these 14 cities. With respect to public transport, Bucharest scored particularly well and ranked 2nd. The second place of Bucharest in the public transport thematic field is a result of attractive prices and userfriendly network. In all other categories, however, Bucharest was ranked second-last (road safety, air quality, active mobility) or even last (Mobility Management). The analysis by the Wuppertal Institute shows that these areas are in need of improvement. For Greenpeace, the results were starting point for a local campaign, in which possibilities for improvement were made a subject of discussion.

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