Air quality and mobility: Greenpeace ranks European cities

Greenpeace has just published its first ranking of the most virtuous European cities in terms of mobility and the fight against air pollution.

Greenpeace has just published, in partnership with the Wuppertal Institute, its first ranking of the most virtuous European cities in terms of mobility and the fight against air pollution.

This classification takes into account five criteria: air quality; public transport; safety for cyclists and pedestrians; car restrictions and mobility incentives; active mobility.

Copenhagen leads the pack with first place (ex æquo) in safety for cyclists and pedestrians, first place in car restrictions and mobility incentives, and second place (ex æquo) in air quality. Amsterdam, "with more bicycles than inhabitants", comes second. Next come Oslo, Zurich and Vienna. Paris ranks 7th out of 13 of this ranking – 12th in terms of air quality –, "with still much effort to be made to reduce the place of the car, develop the use of the bicycle in everyday life and become more breathable. […] In France, air pollution is the third cause of mortality, just behind tobacco and alcohol", Greenpeace point.