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Map of the Month -  Measuring access to public transport in European cities

06_2015_Access to Pablic Transport DG Regio

Gridded population data produced by Statistical institutions contributed to a development of a new methodology for measuring access to public transport in European cities. This methodology is developed by Hugo Poelman and Lewis Dijkstra, DG REGIO. 

Map 1 shows the actual situation with a significant clustering of population along some transport lines. Map 2 shows what the situation would look like if the population was uniformly distributed. This map illustrates why comparisons of access to public transport should take into account population distribution. In a city with a concentrated population, only a few stops are needed to provide a high level of access, while in cities with a more dispersed population, far more stops will be needed to offer a merely adequate level of access.

Source: MEASURING ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN EUROPEAN CITIES, by H. Poelman and L. Dijkstra, DG REGIO. More info can be found from here

 EFGS 2015 Vienna conference

The EFGS 2015 Vienna Conference is to be held from 10th-12th November 2015 at Hotel Mercure Wien Westbahnhof in Vienna, Austria. This year's conference will be hosted by Statistics Austria with the support from Eurostat and in co-operation with the Austrian Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying (BEV). 

Please visit our conference website which provides you with further information on the conference details, the location as well as other useful travel information. The registration can be done via the conference website.

If you have any questions please contact the local EFGS2015 team at 

New dataset released 

The 2011 population grid dataset can be found here. The GEOSTAT projects, with the aim to map the European Population on a 1km² grid-net, has completed its first and second (1A and 1B) iteration and released a new European grid dataset for the reference year 2006 (link). The data set combines national data from the GEOSTAT consortium and voluntary contributions from several NSIs with disaggregated grid data for those countries where national data were not available. The final 1A report (link) outlines a vision and sets the methodological foundations for European population grid datasets. The final 1B report is also available (link) The GEOSTAT project was supported by Eurostat within the Framework of the ESSnet program ( ).

Call for global action - A voluntary cooperation  


EFGS call for action to establish a Global Forum for Geography and Statistics (GFGS).  
After the Lisbon 2011 conference the goal has been to cover the whole world of NSIs and NMAs interested in the true integration of geograhy and statistics. The EFGS has taken the initiative to establish a Task Force for Global Forum for Geography and Statistics


Conferences and membership

The 7th EFGS Conference " Together now for a better future"  was held on 22-24 October, 2014 in Krakow, Poland. The conference was a great sucsess due to excellent hosting and hospitality by Statistics Poland. Conference photos are available here

There are no bindings to membership, but national contact persons have to be employees at national statistical institutes (NSIs) or mapping/cadastre agencies (NMCAs).
All members are invited to annual conferences.  

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