Hong Kong has been deemed the best and most accessible city in the world for people to get around, according to a recent Urban Mobility Index report, although it still lags in terms of cycling paths and air quality.
According to the study, the city boasts “the most advanced urban mobility system in the world,” with public transport being the main mode of travel and the number of registered vehicles per head of population being one of the lowest.
The study involved 84 major cities across the globe. Hong Kong, which also topped the list in the last survey from 2011, scored 58.2 out of 100, followed by Stockholm with 54.7. Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Vienna and Singapore took the next rankings on the list.
While the city’s railway system is highly regarded, its score in cycle path density came out as the lowest in the top 11 cities, and the city didn’t fare well in air quality indicators.
The annual average transport-related emission of nitrogen dioxide stood at 50mcg per cubic metre, and there was 50mcg per cubic metre of particulate PM10.
Government figures show the roadside nitrogen dioxide level has increased by a quarter since 2006.
Hong Kong Cycling Alliance chairman Martin Turner said Hong Kong had great potential to become a bicycle-friendly city because of the compact urban area, and the government should stop treating cycling only as a leisure activity. […]
“We shouldn’t use [the high ranking of Hong Kong] as a reason for the absence of cycling.”
The study showed that 38 percent of Hong Kong residents use zero emission modes of transport, such as cycling and walking, which is higher than the public perceived.
Other recently released reports showed that Hong Kong has become the “world’s most visited city” for travelers but that expats in the city pay the most worldwide in terms of monthly rent.
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