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Green Roots Festival

Time: June 6, 2010 from 12pm to 5:30pm
Location: Stony Brook T station, park
Street: Boylston Street
City/Town: Jamaica Plain
Website or Map:
Phone: 617-522-0222
Event Type: public, environmental, festival
Organized By: Bikes Not Bombs
Latest Activity: May 31, 2010

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Event Description

GREEN ROOTS FESTIVAL – a public celebration of environmental action and an afterparty for Bike-A-Thon riders!
June 6th, 2010
Bikes Not Bombs’ 3rd annual Green Roots Festival will celebrate sustainable urban living in a park that was only saved from becoming a highway by the grassroots efforts of local communities. Cheer heroic Bike-A-Thon riders (or be one yourself) as they return from their ride to an outdoor gathering of environmental organizations, neighbors, and friends: featuring live street bands, food, artisans, and thoughtful content on issues of environmental sustainability. Come on out, Noon to 5:30, in the park in front of the Stony Brook T station, Boylston Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. See or call 617-522-0222.

At the Green Roots Festival, Boylston Street in front of the Stony Brook T station will be closed to cars, and instead will become an interactive bicycle zone. Come out and test ride a variety of bikes, cargo-carrying bike trailers, and family cycling options such as trail-a-bikes and kid trailers. Ride through a temporary installation of bike lane and separated cycle-track to learn how these ideas are changing Boston now and can do more in the future (separated cycle tracks are common in Europe but not well known in America). This exhibit is especially timely as Jamaica Plain has just gotten the approval for its first bike lanes coming in 2010.  Pin the bike lane on Boston, in a game designed to bring more public participation into the planning of where bike lanes will change Boston next.  Bikes Not Bombs Bike Shop, the T-Riders Union, Walk Boston, Livable Streets, and the Boston Cyclists Union will all be on the street to run these activities and talk with festival-goers.

Try out a pedal-powered corn sheller and grinder plus other pedal-powered machines, brought by the MIT D-Lab and based on designs from a group in Guatemala that receives bike shipments from BNB. Talk with environmental and social justice activists and vendors, from Clean Water Action, to herbal remedies, Boston's Backyard Poultry Group, Boston Climate Action Network, Centro Presente, and many more.


12:00 - 1:00  Incus (world tribal rock, powered by bicycle generator)

1:10 - 1:55   Opposite People (afrobeat, powered by bicycle generator)

1:55 - 2:15  Speeches
- Bob Terrell, from the On The Move Coalition (of transportation groups, from public transit to bicycles and walking)

2:15 - 3:15   Marcus Santos w/ Bloco AfroBrazil (all-drum samba dance music)

3:15 - 3:35  La Piñata (youth dance program from Spontaneous Celebrations)

3:35 – 4:00   Speeches
- Taisha O'Bryant, from the T-Riders Union, of Alternatives for Community and Environment, based in Dudley Square
- Bikes Not Bombs teen Youth Instructors

4:00 - 4:30   Branches Steel Pan Orchestra (Caribbean dance rhythms from Dorchester)

4:30 - 4:45  Speeches
- Sam Wechsler, Bikes Not Bombs, Executive Director
- David Branigan, Bikes Not Bombs, International Programs Director
- Raffle winners

4:45 - 5:30  Branches Steel Pan Orchestra

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