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Study ranks world’s best cities to drive and guess what? It’s not Vancouver

Patrick Johnston, Postmedia Network

Traffic along Kingsway near Victoria in Vancouver, B.C., June 5, 2017. (Arlen Redekop/PNG)

Traffic along Kingsway near Victoria in Vancouver, B.C., June 5, 2017. (Arlen Redekop/PNG)

Driving in Vancouver can drive people to distraction — but it’s not the world’s worst, according to one new study.

The study, commissioned by German auto-parts-and-accessories website kfzteile24, says that of 100 global cities, Vancouver’s in the middle of the pack: we’re the 48th-best place to drive in the world. That’s fifth overall in Canada.

Calgary is the best Canadian driving city, according to their metrics, at 10th. (Montreal, at 13th overall is number 2 in Canada, Toronto is 14th, number three. Ottawa, 22nd, is fourth in Canada.)

The world’s best city is a home-town favourite: it’s the western German city of Dusseldorf. Dubai is second and Zurich is third.

The best U.S. city according to the study is Seattle, ranked 16th. That’s probably something of a surprise for anyone who’s tried to drive from Everett south to anywhere during rush hour.

Kolkata, India, is rated as the world’s worst city for driving.

“We believe every city should be great to drive in,” the company explained. “We conducted a study to discover which are the best and worst cities for driving, with the aim of enriching the debate around modern mobility and encouraging cities to learn from each other’s positive urban engagements and legislation.”

That’s ambitious stuff. On their site, fzteile24 claim to be one of Germany’s biggest online auto retailers.

Their study looked at congestion levels, public transport options, average cost of parking, cost of fuel, average speeds, levels of air pollution, accidents and fatalities, road quality and the frequency/perception of road rage.

“Cars are an important accessory of modern life, and the means by which many use to get from A to B. Yet poor urban planning or a lack of civil education can make driving the most stressful experience of somebody’s day,” Thomas Kloubert, the company’s chief marketing officer said in a media release. “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, and consider how methods adopted by higher scoring cities can be utilized in their own locations.”