Amsterdam’s mobility systems are ready for the future
Amsterdam has taken fifth place in the new Urban Mobility Readiness Index 2020. Created by American management firm Oliver Wyman in partnership with the University of California, the study examines how well-positioned cities are when it comes to leading “mobility’s next chapter.”
Looking at infrastructure, regulations and each locale’s commitment to innovation in the face of disruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, it places an emphasis on resiliency. Amsterdam’s excellent cycling infrastructure and its smart city initiative, which is spurring the creation of eco-friendly mobility solutions, played an important role in its high ranking.
Singapore, London, Stockholm and Hong Kong claimed the first four positions in the study. Overall, EU cities performed well, with Helsinki, Berlin, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona all making the top 20.
An innovative and creative smart mobility sector
A leader in smart mobility, Amsterdam has one of the world’s highest densities of electric vehicle charging stations. The city is working to meet the World Health Organization’s air quality guidelines by 2030 and has a Clean Air Action Plan that aims to reduce pollution and make it the global capital of emission-free mobility.
The local Mobility as a Service (MaaS) sector has grown considerably in recent years as well, thanks to the presence of pioneering companies like Felyx, which lets users rent electric scooters for short rides. Amsterdam bike rental company Swapfiets has also expanded in the last few months and now operates in London, Milan and Paris.
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