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'Walk, Ride, & Roll Social' in Hyde, Jackson squares to promote local shops, discourage car use

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  May 21, 2013 01:17 PM

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An event tonight around the Hyde Square and Jackson Square districts in Jamaica Plain will encourage neighbors to support local businesses in those two commercial districts while traveling by foot, transit, bike, “or in any way except by auto,” organizers said.

The “Walk, Ride, & Roll Social” will be hosted by the Hyde Jackson Square Main Street organization and the Green Streets Initiative.

“Like other historic, urban commercial districts, the Hyde/Jackson Square business district’s strength is its walkability. Encouraging more people to shop, eat, and receive services without using their automobiles reduces traffic and pollution while promoting health,” Gerald Robbins, director of the Main Street organization, said in a statement.

The free event will is scheduled to run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, and event-goers will meet at the Ultra Beauty Salon at 401 Centre St.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided by Whole Foods Market in JP.

“The Hyde/Jackson Square district is critical to maintaining a healthy and livable neighborhood—encouraging people to walk, ride, and roll to their favorite establishments translates to a more successful business district,” Robbins said.

“The Walk, Ride, & Roll Social a great opportunity for residents, business owners, workers, and visitors to meet one another and talk about improving the neighborhood as well as encouraging others to visit local businesses by leaving their cars at home,” he added.

For more information visit www.GoGreenStreets.org and www.HydeJacksonSquare.org.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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