Guys. I love greenways. They’re a great place to take your people on a walk so they can socialize and get some exercise. Plus, you can meet other nice dogs. This afternoon we went to Reeds Creek Greenway for a little jaunt. We have quite a few little greenways in Asheville–including a new one at New Belgium Brewing in the River Arts District. And one day, they’re all going to connect.
The best part about greenways is that they’re for everyone. It doesn’t matter how much money you make, or what race you are, or if you are young or old, if you’re in a stroller or in a wheelchair–everyone can use a greenway. They’re a great place to get outside and play, or get where you’re going. Whizzing down the greenway on your bike by a babbling creek to get to work or school is way more fun than sitting in traffic–and it reduces your fuel emissions (did you know cars and trucks emit around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas?). Plus, you’re not going to get in a car accident on the greenway!
There are big plans for our greenways in Asheville and Buncombe County. In order for greenways to really be effective, they have to be a cohesive network of trails that really connects an area–schools to parks to neighborhoods to businesses to farmers markets and on and on. There are ONE HUNDRED AND TWO miles of proposed greenways in Buncombe County. That is so many miles. My little legs would never make it that far. Creating greenways is a very time-intensive process, but work is being done everyday. Check out the master plan map to see where your greenways are, and where the proposed greenways are going to be. Would you be able to take a greenway to work one day? Could you do it now? (I couldn’t–I don’t go to work! Ha!)
Sometimes there just isn’t a greenway or a bus that can get you to work; you just have to drive your car. If you just have to drive, you can still do something about the CO2 you’re emitting. You can “offset” your carbon footprint by purchasing the pollution equivalent. So if you purchase 1 ton of carbon offsets, your money is used to fund a project that results in 1 less ton of carbon dioxide being produced or takes 1 ton of carbon dioxide out of the air. Since I live in Asheville, I donate to Appalachian Offsets, which uses the money for projects in my area. You can also check out CarbonFund.