Australian cities have some of the most unsustainable transport systems in the world -- earning significantly lower scores than their global counterparts on Arcadis' 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index.
Most Australian cities sit around the middle of the index, failing to reach the rankings' top 50; a lack of comprehensive underground metro systems and dependence on private vehicles deters mobility in Australian cities, and all have less travel made by foot, bike and public transport than their peer cities.
Ranking 48 on the scale, Brisbane led Australia for sustainable transport, with Sydney close behind ranking 51. They were followed by Canberra (53), Melbourne (55) and Perth (87).
“Australia’s cities largely all ranked middle of the road for the sustainability of their transport -- this doesn’t mean that we are doing poorly, just that we can do better," Arcadis managing director for Australia-Pacific infrastructure Phil Kajewski said.
“We’ve seen significant infrastructure investment over the past year, with projects under way such as metro rail in Sydney and Melbourne, and major roads like NorthLink in WA.
“The benefits from these massive transit projects are yet to be realised. All the top global cities have integrated mobility systems including metro, light-rail, bus and road – many have had metros for years.
For Australian cities to continue to remain globally competitive and mobile we must continue to invest in a range of road and public transport projects, ensure transport planning for these projects is strongly linked to land use planning, and do what we can in this planning to encourage mixed-mode journeys that include active mobility such as walking and cycling.”
Arcadis' full report can be found at this link.
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