Cities all over Europe acknowledge the need for more sustainable urban transport and create people friendly mobility by developing new approaches to urban mobility planning and by stimulating a shift towards cleaner and more sustainable transport modes. Yet, how clean and safe are our cities in Europe?
The Wuppertal Institute, commissioned by Greenpeace, has released a report "Living. Moving. Breathing. Ranking of European Cities in Sustainable Transport" on urban mobility performance measurement, which enables European city stakeholders and the public to understand their current urban mobility situation through a point-based results framework, developed by the Wuppertal Institute.
The report is a comparison of 13 European metropolises, in terms of public transport, road safety, air quality, mobility management, and active mobility (walking and cycling). The result: Amsterdam and Copenhagen, residents travel about a third of their trips by bicycle, and these cities have the fewest bicycle accidents. Therefore, more cyclists and pedestrians can make cities safer for cycling and pedestrians."The infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists is well developed in Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Bicycle comfort and safety is a priority while designing streets and it can be seen in the physically segregated infrastructure for cycling in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
The study highlights that public transport, walking and cycling are the three pillars of sustainable transport and they need to be firmly embedded in urban planning and efficiently integrated for bigger results. "Our study shows that there is a close connection between poorly developed public transport network and air quality," says Santhosh Kodukula, Project Co-ordinator in the Research Unit Mobility and International Cooperation at the Wuppertal Institute's Division Energy, Transport and Climate Policy.
The magazines "Intelligent Transport" and "alphr" reported on the European City Ranking, that London is one of the most polluted and dangerous cities in Europe. The Travel Breaking News referred about Oslo, that the city is praised for a car-free city centre.
So, if safe, attractive and comfortable bicycle facilities are developed, we will leap onto the bike saddle more often – all over the world.
Change begins with a bike ride!
Christin Hasken & Anna Riesenweber