San Francisco's 'Green Connections Plan' Prioritizes Wildlife

An article and video by Chicago PBS station WTTW explore San Francisco's uniquely ambitious approach to sharing the city with wildlife.
March 29, 2017, 2pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Sean Keenehan reports on San Francisco's Green Connections Plan: "an ambitious 115-mile, 24-route map of potential habitat corridors in San Francisco."

The Green Connections Plan began in 2011, led by the non-profit organization Nature in the City in collaboration with city and community-based agencies. The big idea expands on what we traditionally think about transportation planning by "imagining a world in which cars share the road with birds, bees, butterflies, and bicyclists," explains Keenehan.

"Each route in the network is named after a native San Francisco 'Key Species' and is designed to incorporate 'Key Habitat' for that species," according to Keenehan.

The Green Connections network map. (San Francisco Planning Department [pdf])

To get a feel for the plan's Green Connections, Keenehan takes a bike ride along with Green Connections director Amber Hasselbring in a video you can watch after the jump.

Local coverage of a recent Green Connections walk is also available on the San Francisco Examiner website.

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Published on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in WTTW
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