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Australia in the first HERE Urban Mobility Index

Sydney transport network map
Source: HERE

HERE has launched its Urban Mobility Index, a look at transport data from 38 cities across the world. Included from Australia are our two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.

What was measured?

The four themes used to rate each city’s results were based on:

  • Connectivity
  • Affordability
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation

From these HERE drew on fourteen indicators, to ‘measure specific aspects of city mobility.’ They were:

  1. Traffic flow
  2. Public transport efficiency
  3. Public transport coverage
  4. Public transport density
  5. Traffic congestion
  6. Time delay in traffic
  7. Percentage of congested roads (in peak hours)
  8. Percentage of green spaces
  9. Percentage of low emission zones
  10. Public transport expense
  11. Relative fuel cost
  12. EV charging station density
  13. Metro rail automation
  14. Docked share bikes

‘The Urban Mobility Index provides a new lens through which we can explore urban mobility across different cities,’ said Peter Kürpick, EVP and Chief Platform Officer at HERE Technologies.

‘The metrics we have chosen draw on a wide range of data to show where leading cities are in providing urban mobility to their citizens and visitors.’

How did Sydney and Melbourne do?

Overall, both Sydney and Melbourne finished quite low across the fourteen indicators measured by HERE. For instance, in traffic congestion Sydney ranked 29th of the 38 cities, while Melbourne came in at 27th. In percentage of roads congested in peak time, Sydney ranked 28th, Melbourne faring better at 19th. For a look at the full set of data for each city, click the links below:

Sydney results

Melbourne results

For a look at all 38 cities, visit the The Urban Mobility Index site.

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