When we think of Eindhoven we think of no-nonsense consistency. Cycling in the city is steady and strong. The Floating Roundabout captured our imagination and we are looking forward to what else the city can produce that is functional and iconic. Eindhoven rolls upwards in this version of the Index but really only because of a lack of innovation by the cities around it in the ranking, rather that its own efforts. The classic Dutch status quo is firmly in place in the city. Eindhoven can take solace in the fact that other, smaller Dutch cities like Nijmegen and Groningen are not included in the ranking.
Apart from Amsterdam and Utrecht, only Antwerp is keeping pace with Eindhoven. Across the German border, the cities of the Rhine-Ruhr region offer little competition at the moment.
We said it in 2013, we'll say it again. If the city could pull the Floating Roundabout out of its sleeve, there should be no limit to what else they can achieve. Generally, it's hard to get excited about a city that advanced up the Index without achieving anything.