Toward a Green Interstate Network  by Dean Adams Curtis

A vast network of nearly forgotten roads shadows the United States interstate highway system just waiting to be repurposed into a Green Interstate Network (GIN) of rural routes equipped to facilitate operation of renewable energy powered vehicles that feature autonomous navigation.

Let your mind get off the interstate and onto the GIN for your explorations here. Invigorate your imagination about how today's byways can be repurposed. Get a taste of the GIN via greeninterstate's articles, maps and videos.


A GIN for America is evolving segment by segment due to the efforts of entrepreneurs, city and town councils, county boards, and state transportation departments. At the point when it becomes a clear expression of the will of the citizenry, hopefully each individual GIN segment, defined as the route between town A and town B including each town's main street or appropriate alternative, will also be facilitated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Examples of green interstate actualization are already coming into existence from north to south through the West Coast states of the U.S. Soon the East Coast states are likely to follow suit. It is now important for the rest of the nation to engage in local discussions focused on where to locate routes that are coast to coast and that are latitudinal, longitudinal and diagonal, just as the current interstate is. The GIN should mirror this interstate design logic.

As regions within the states across the U.S. take ever more steps to retrofit beautiful pathways across America, these renewable energy powered autonomous vehicle enabled GIN routes will revitalize the economies of the towns they once energized before the interstate highway system was built. When outfitted as GIN routes the classic roadways across America will also draw national and international tourist recreational traffic to the new nationwide travel alternative. Add a bit of GIN to your region's route system and we tourists will come.

A nationwide rural economic revitalization will come about as segments of the green interstate are embraced by ever more localities.

The GIN system will be brought into existence without the environmental degradation and the carbon footprint new road construction causes. Tomorrow's green interstate already exists. No new land will be taken from nature or taken out of cultivation. The routes are already full of fun and surprises to explore. All that is needed is to add the renewable energy powered autonomous vehicle enabled infrastructure. Build it and we will come.

An incredibly important aspect of GIN routes is their availability to be used by today's existing conventional vehicles including farm vehicles, as well as by the most basic personal mobility, upright bipedalism and pedalling, walking or riding bikes, and yes including by horseback and by horse-powered vehicles. This needs to be accomplished in partnership with all who use the routes and the local authorities who maintain and control them.

Medium Speed Electric Vehicles (MSEVs) must be allowed to pass muster. So also the Low Speed Electric Vehicles (LSEVs) and the Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs). The vehicles designed by innovators in college and university labs and tinkerer's garages ought to also be allowed passage on the GIN, as long as they conform to basic safety requirement even though they have not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To facilitate the needs of all the patrons of passage the green interstate speed limit should to stay between a range from 25 to 35 miles per hour for the time being. In the days ahead, as autonomously-navigated vehicles reliably use their abilities to sense objects and stop or avoid them, speeds on the GIN will no doubt increase, while still keeping the GIN routes safe for bipedalists, bicyclists, and horse-drawn carriages, horses and riders included.

Greeninterstate serves as a clearinghouse for information about GIN developments, as a database of what stretches of roads, both nationally and internationally, vibrant communities and transformational leaders are bringing to life green interstate network segments and entire green highways, as is the case along Michigan's historic section of U.S. Route 12.

For more information about the Green Interstate Network proposed here, please email greeninterstate's LEED accredited Project Manager.










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