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Green Transportation in California
Going from green to gold requires new and innovative ways of thinking. In particular, it requires making the commitment up front, applying for grants, looking for all available technologies that promote a sustainable green transportation future, and most importantly thinking outside the box. In today's 21st Century green revolution, old, traditional, and conventional modes of transportation are no longer viable. Even "green transportation" along will not do the trick. Rather, new ideas that no one has thought of before will be the key to getting the U.S. to become green.
As such, it is great that the East Bay area of California has proposed an innovative system of "heavily used paved trails, where trail connections would complete a nearly 200 mile bicycle and pedestrian trail serving 2.5 million residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties." These trails are important because of the linkages they provide to various parts communities, parks, shops, etc. In other words, these trails are a network that connect two counties which are great in the sense that they reduce the amount of cars travelled on the road which in turn further reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emitted.
Consequently, when evaluating whether a community is a leader on green transportation or not, the first and most important criteria is to look at what steps have they taken in moving green transportation forward. The Counties of Alameda and Contra Costa out in California have made it a goal of theirs to link the two counties by trail so that residents can walk to and from places rather than drive, etc.
As such, instead of simply doing a conventional thing to go green like green the public buses, shuttles, or mass transit system there, these two counties have come up with some novel idea of having interlocking trails that connect two counties. On these trails, residents will be able to go to wherever they need to go without the hassle of a car or waiting a long time for the bus to arrive. Thus, both Alameda and Contra Costa are innovative in the sense of doing something that other cities, counties, localities, states, etc. may not have thought of.
Consequently, part of going green when it comes to transportation is not just doing what everyone else is doing, but rather going above and beyond by finding stuff that has not been tried. In both Alameda and Contra Costa counties, their idea is to encourage individuals to walk or bike more on various trails. Hopefully, such trails can become a model for other communities as they assess their future transportation needs.
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