This Forbes piece cites research by Jeff Kenworthy on the cities with the World's 10 Best Commutes. They are (in David Letterman order, with the last being best): Berlin, Krakow, Mumbai, Beijing, London, Osaka, Dakar, Chennai, Tokyo, Hong Kong. I have only been to six of these cities, but I do not buy it.
Economics professors like to warn their students that measuring inputs is not a good substitute for measuring outputs. The Kenworthy study looks at the percent of people using bicycles and public transit, estimated energy costs, etc.
As we embark on programs of infrastructure/stimulus spending, our leaders will be looking everywhere for "good" ideas. That's the problem.