‘Green Tsunami’ Washes Over France’s City Halls

Municipal elections in France just yielded a string of victories for environmentalists, with several major cities swinging Green.

The unprecedented showing for Europe Écologie Les Verts, a once minor political party, means Green mayors will take charge in Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux and Strasbourg. The party also came out on top in mid-sized cities such as Tours, Besancon, Annecy and Poitiers, while retaining control of Grenoble.

Even Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo was re-elected with the Green Party’s endorsement, causing French media to upgrade their description of the “green wave” to a “green tsunami.”

It’s too soon to call it a permanent shift, though. The first round of voting in March came as the nation was shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The second round, on June 28, came just days after the lockdown was lifted. Perhaps as a result, national turnout was only 40%. Moreover, in several cities where the Greens now hold power—most notably Marseille—they are part of a coalition with more established parties.

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Something Exciting is Coming!

Have you ever wanted to sleep in the trees? Now’s your chance with the opening of Sonoma Treehouses – a world class eco-tour experience coming this summer to Alliance Redwoods!
The Sonoma Treehouses adventure allows guests to spend 24 hours high up in the redwood tree canopy.  Adventurers will learn about the redwood forest, experience our world-class ziplines, spend the night in a rustic treehouse all the while being treated with outstanding hospitality.The village will include five treehouses with breathtaking views of the redwoods and surrounding territory. Each treehouse will have accommodations for up to four people with skywalks and ziplines for ascent and descent from the trees.
Guests will start their day with a Forest Flight zipline tour that leads them up to their treehouse for their overnight stay. With bathroom accommodations, snacks upon arrival, a full dinner and a delicious breakfast, guests will never have to leave their treehouse! The next morning, they will experience the Tree Tops zipline tour before completing their eco-tour.

To be one of the first to stay in our Treehouses and receive tons of exclusive deals and advance reservation opportunities, Sign up for our adventure club below!

Muir Woods announces reopening

Muir Woods National Monument, the historic preserve of old growth coastal redwoods 20 miles north of San Francisco, will reopen to visitors on Monday after being closed for over three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One of few remaining valleys of coastal redwoods on the west coast, Muir Woods was saved from development in 1907 by US Congressman and Marin resident William Kent, and was soon after declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

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Multi-Use Trails

A  Draft  of the Lower Russian River Trail Feasibility Study was presented to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors during their meeting in January during which the Board and public provided comments on the draft study. On February 11, 2020, the Board of Supervisors accepted the findings and recommendations contained in the Final Lower Russian River Trail Feasibility Study.
Sonoma County Regional Parks will meet with property owners over the next five to ten years to OBTAIN PERMISSION to use their private property for trail construction. Initial conversations may result in Agreements in Principle. As projects move closer to construction, SCRP will negotiate right-of-was agreements, including easements, and trail use or licensing agreements. Please support this project by contacting your county supervisor.

Google Maps may offer routes connecting bikes and cars to public transit

Author Jon Fingas, @jonfingas

Many people still aren’t commuting to work in light of the pandemic, but Google Maps might give you more travel options when it is safe to return. As 9to5Google reports, app sleuth Jane Manchun Wong has discovered that Google is exploring “connections to public transit” route options that would cover the “first mile” transportation for certain trips, such as bikes, cars, motorcycles ridesharing services and even auto rickshaws. You could drive to a park-and-ride stop, hop on the bus and get directions through the entire trip.

Wong also learned that Google hopes to offer more accurate ridesharing fares by sharing route data with third-party apps like Uber. You wouldn’t have to switch apps just to know if it makes sense to hail a car.

It’s not certain that Google will roll out these features, or that they’ll arrive without significant changes. However, it wouldn’t be shocking if Maps got these additions soon. Ridesharing firms are already combining multiple transportation modes inside their apps — it would only make sense if Google Maps followed suit.

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