As populations surge and urban infrastructure ages, sustainable mobility is one of the greatest concerns for any major city as engineers plan for the future.

And only four cities across the globe have better public transport than Prague, according to a new Sustainable Cities Mobility Index from design and management consulting company Arcadis.

The study ranks public transportation in 100 major cities around the world by three main factors and how they impact different concerns: Social (People), Environmental (Planet), and Economic (Profit).

Each country was given a percentage score based on how they Overall, public transportation in Hong Kong was rated the highest, followed by Zurich, Paris, Seoul, and Prague.

Cities in Europe and Asia dominated the top of the list, with New York, at number 23, the highest-ranking North American city.

Prague ranked highest in the Profit index, which ranked cities according to factors like commuting time, economic opportunity, public finance, efficiency of of roads, and affordability of public transport. Coming in at #2, only Zurich rated higher than the Czech capital.

In the People index, which included factors like access to public transport, rider connectivity, upkeep of the transport system, airport passengers, and fatalities, Prague came in at #13. Hong Kong, New York, and Tokyo topped this index.

The Czech capital rated lowest in the Planet index, at #23. German cities Frankfurt, Munich, and Berlin topped this index, which evaluated cities based on greenhouse gas emissions, provision of green spaces, congestion and delays, bicycle infrastructure, air pollution, and electric vehicle incentives.

Of all the sub-indices, Prague was ranked lowest in bicycle infrastructure (#74), airport passengers (#80), and electric vehicle incentives (#84).

Overall, these are the top 20 cities according to the Sustainable Cities Mobility Index:

1. Hong Kong
2. Zurich
3. Paris
4. Seoul
5. Prague
6. Vienna
7. London
8. Singapore
9. Stockholm
10. Frankfurt
11. Amsterdam
12. Copenhagen
13. Tokyo
14. Munich
15. Lyon
16. Beijing
17. Edinburgh
18. Milan
19. Shenzhen
20. Hamburg

You can view the entire report here.

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.
Daniel Lee