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Data Study Reveals The Most Innovative and Sustainable Global Cities for Mobility

Parul Dubey on February 16, 2022 - in News, Transportation

Study reveals the global cities that are leading the way in sustainable transportation and improving the lives of their citizens through mobility innovation.

  • Barcelonais the world’s leading city for mobility innovation with a population of over 3 million people, followed by Berlin and
  • Copenhagenranks as the world’s best city for mobility innovation with a population of between 600,000 and 3 million people, followed by Dortmund and
  • Lund (Sweden)is the best ranking city for mobility innovation with a population of between 50,000 and 600,000 people, followed by Aalborg (Denmark) and Kortrijk (Belgium).

Stockholm, Sweden, February 2022 – easyparkgroup.com, the global parking tech company, has released the Smart City Mobility Index, based on The Cities of the Future Index 2021, that reveals the cities around the world that are adopting the most advanced and cleanest transport infrastructure solutions. As mobility innovators, EasyPark Group understands the opportunity to accelerate green schemes, like car-free zones, that the pandemic presented and recognise that the modern city landscape is evolving accordingly. Some cities around the world are developing in line with climate targets and creating sustainable urban areas that enhance the lives of their inhabitants. The company therefore set out to determine which global smart cities are leading the way in embracing technological advancements in the field of mobility.  

How the study was conducted:

To evaluate the level of innovation in mobility in each location, researchers focused on three main indicators: innovative parking solutions, the overall traffic management system and how clean transport is in each location. A score of between 50 and 100 was then established for each factor, based on the result each city achieved in the Cities of the Future Index 2021.

A score for the parking innovation in each city was calculated by assessing the overall number of parking spaces per capita, the number of parking spaces capable of accepting digital payments, the number of parking technology providers operating in the city, the civilian adoption level of parking technology, and how widespread parking technology implementation is.

To calculate a score for traffic management in each city the congestion levels, time spent in traffic during a commute and citizen dissatisfaction due to long commute times for each location was considered.

To establish how clean the transport is in each city, the number of electric cars per capita and new electric car sales, electric car charging stations per capita and CO2 emissions were assessed.

The cities were divided into three categories depending on their size: cities with more than 3 million inhabitants, cities with between 600,000 and 3 million inhabitants and cities with between 50,000 and 600,000 inhabitants. Population data refers to each city’s metropolitan area. For the final list of locations, the top 50 in each category were chosen; urban areas with insufficient data were excluded.

The table below reveals the top 20 cities in the world with a population of over 3 million people for overall mobility innovation. Scores were calculated using data on parking innovation, traffic management and clean transport. All scores are out of 100, with 100 being the highest possible score.


1.     Barcelona, Spain

2.     Berlin, Germany

3.     London, UK

4.     Rotterdam, Netherlands

5.     Manchester, UK

6.     Madrid, Spain

7.     Milan, Italy

8.     Minneapolis, USA

9.     Paris, France

10.  Birmingham, UK

11.  Busan, South Korea

12.  Cologne (Cologne Bonn Area), Germany

13.  Tokyo, Japan

14.  Taipei, Taiwan

15.  New York, USA

16.  Seattle, USA

17.  Fort Worth, USA

18.  Montreal, Canada

19.  Washington D.C., USA

20.  San Diego, USA






















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To view the results, data sources and full methodology of the study, please refer to the results page here: https://easyparkgroup.com/studies/cities-of-the-future/en/ 


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