Green Cities Fit for Life

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Stockholm is ‘Europe’s best city for commuters’

Stockholm, European Green Capital 2010, has been named as ‘Europe’s best city for commuters’ according to a recent report compiled by international consultancy company Arthur D Little.  The Urban Mobility Index evaluated 84 major cities from around the world using 19 criteria.

A section of Stockholm’s 760 km of bike lane runs alongside Lake Mälaren

A section of Stockholm’s 760 km of bike lane runs alongside Lake Mälaren

The report found that Stockholm has one of the most advanced networks of cycling paths in the world, with over 4,000 km of bicycle lanes per 1,000 sq. km. The introduction of its multi-modal SL-Access smart card has dramatically increased the number of people using public transport with 0.64 cards recorded per capita. As a result of these initiatives, the Swedish Capital has one of the lowest concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and particulates (NO2 and PM10) in the air in the world. Stockholm came second to Hong Kong, followed by Amsterdam in third place and current European Green Capital Copenhagen in fourth place.

 

Urban mobility is one of the toughest challenges that European cities face today. Local transport is one of the key indicators assessed as part of the European Green Capital Award. This year’s European Green Capital Copenhagen is developing a fully integrated public transport network and is in the process of completing a third circular metro line which is due to open in 2018. When it is completed, 85% of all homes in Copenhagen will be under 600 metres away from a metro station.