Calgary is Canada’s best city to drive, and the 10th-best place to drive in the world, according to a new study commissioned by a German auto parts company.
Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver also placed in the top half of the 100-city ranking.
Calgary rounded out a top-10 list that included Dusseldorf, Germany; Dubai, UAE; Zurich, Switzerland; Tokyo, Japan; Basel, Switzerland; Singapore; Dortmund, Germany; Vienna, Austria; and Munich, Germany.
Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa placed 13th, 14th, and 22nd respectively, while Vancouver squeaked into the top 50, in 48th spot.
KFZTeile said it started out with a list of 500 cities with the most registered vehicles, and then narrowed that down to the 100 for which the company found the most traffic data in navigation system manufacturer TomTom’s Traffic Index.
Other factors it took into consideration were the costs of parking and fuel and the average speed of traffic along a route from the city’s downtown to its international airport as calculated at midday and during the morning and afternoon rush hours.
The survey also polled drivers in each city to discover the prevalence of road rage, and consulted the World Economic Forum’s 2013 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report to find out about the quality of the roads in each city.
Finally, KFZTeile investigated the quality and effectiveness of each city’s public transportation system. The reasoning there is that better mass transit infrastructure encourages more people to use it instead of commuting by car, thus smoothing the flow of traffic for ardent car commuters.
We look forward to future versions of this study that include data about which cities are quickest to adopt infrastructure to support self-driving cars, technology that many industry experts say will reduce traffic congestion in built-up areas and could further improve conditions for those who prefer to drive for themselves.
“Cars are an important accessory of modern life, yet poor urban planning or a lack of civil education can make driving the most stressful experience of somebody’s day,” said Thomas Kloubert, KFZteile24’s Chief Marketing Officer.
“We hope that this study will act as a catalyst for those cities in the negative end of the ranking to invest in safer, cleaner and more efficient roads.”