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Bicycle infrastructure Low levels of congestion and delays Protected green space Low levels of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation Electric-vehicle incentives Legislative efforts to lower transportation emissions Low levels of air pollution CAIRORIODEJANEIROSHENZHENFRANKFURTLOSANGELES 20 40 60 80 100 (bes t) EMBARK | DATA SHEET CITIES AROUND THE WORLD are striving to improve air quality and provide better transit options to their citizens by embrac- ing environmentally friendly practices such as creating bike lanes, using alternative fuels, and offering incentives for elec- tric vehicles. A recent survey of a hundred international cities ranks how well municipal governments are doing at helping people get where they need to go while also making cities more livable and attractive—and sustainable. ART: ÁLVARO VALIÑO. SOURCE: SUSTAINABLE CITIES MOBILITY INDEX 2017, PLANET SUB-INDEX, ARCADIS TOWARD GREENER CITIES BY RYAN MORRIS AND KELSEY NOWAKOWSKI ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES Selected cities; higher numbers are better scores. HOW THE CITIES RANK CITY LOCATION Africa North America South America Asia Europe Sydney, Australia (#61) Johannesburg, South Africa (#72) Mumbai, India (#84) Edinburgh, U.K . (#22) Boston, U.S . (#43) Seoul, South Korea (#11) Baltimore, U.S. (#25) Munich, Germany (#2) Berlin, Germany (#3) 1 FRANKFURT German cities score high due to advanced bike infrastructure, plentiful green spaces, and low greenhouse gas emissions. 28 SHENZHEN Despite its rapid growth from fishing village to mega- lopolis of over 10 million people, the Chinese city has developed sustainable transit. 52 RIO DE JANEIRO To combat major pollution, the Bra- zilian city launched a 50-year strategy in 2015 to improve air quality and local ecosystems by using cleaner fuels. 67 LOS ANGELES Electric-vehicle incentives and investments in public transit are improving mobil- ity in the U.S. city, which is known for its epic traffic jams. 97 CAIRO The densely populated Egyp- tian city struggles to meet demand for public transit. Offering a wider variety of transit options could help.