You’ve heard it on TV and the radio, and now you’re going to hear it from me; when you get that form from the U.S. Census, PLEASE fill it out. SRTC uses the information that you provide to help us determine transportation needs for the future.
In particular, we use the housing unit count to determine how many people are living in each area, so we can look at the roads going in and out of those areas to see if they’re adequate for the amount of people using them. We also use a lot of other information that the census provides. And, census data helps determine how tax money will be spent. More than $400 billion is distributed to state, local and tribal areas every year, based on census numbers. So, make sure our community gets its fair share by being counted in this year’s Census.
If you’re really into the census, here’s the official website for more information. And just an FYI, April 1 is ‘National 2010 Census Day,’ the day you’re supposed to have your census forms mailed back in order to avoid a visit by an actual census taker. We haven’t determined yet what kind of activities we’ll be doing here at SRTC to celebrate National 2010 Census Day, but our GIS guy Kevin has already stated for the record that he’ll wear some sort of headband to show his support. I’ll try to post pictures.
They ask questions about biking, use of transit and walking as well as driving habits, so this is an important tool for understanding active transportation users.
Thanks Barb, I neglected to mention how Census information is used to improve active transportation as well. Basically, the information you provide in someway affects everyone.