Amsterdam ranks fifth for future mobility readiness

Oliver Wyman Forum, in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley, has produced the 2021 Urban Mobility Readiness Index to show how 60 major cities rank in their capacity to lead the future of mobility. 

Amsterdam ranked fifth overall, scoring highly in infrastructure and connectivity, system efficiency, and innovation. It placed second globally in the newly introduced sustainable mobility sub-index, which evaluates how well cities are promoting green methods of transportation and making sure their infrastructure is resilient to the risks of climate change.

Stockholm ranked first overall, followed by San Francisco, Singapore and Helsinki.

The study found the six key attributes of future mobility ecosystems are: integrated, accessible, sustainable, innovative, collaborative and resilient. 

“The leading cities boast strong local economies, dynamic mobility innovators, and in many cases positive externalities from the continuation of remote work, which has reduced congestion and encouraged residents to adopt physically active mobility options like walking and cycling,” the report said.

Amsterdam beyond bikes

As well as its cycling culture, Amsterdam is renowned for its smart urban mobility solutions. The city’s relatively small size, low car ownership and commitment to sustainability makes it an ideal environment for innovation.

Boats, cars, buses and scooters are all going electric, as are all taxis from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is booming, with Felyx, ShareNow and others picking up where the extensive public transport system doesn’t quite fit the need. Next to this, Amsterdam has a high concentration of electric vehicle charging stations and there are many apps to help drivers find charging points and parking spots, contributing to a truly integrated system. Earlier this month, Roboat, the world’s first driverless boat, was launched on Amsterdam’s canals.

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