Altwheels festival unites a broad coalition of transportation & energy leaders to address our oil addiction
[USPRwire, Wed Sep 20 2006] The AltWheels Festival is convening a broad, public/private coalition of automakers, municipal organizations, transportation professionals, environmental and educational leaders, and bike and walk groups, to find real alternatives to our costly addiction to oil.
Witness this unique coming together of more than 80 transportation- and energy-related entities, during the fourth annual AltWheels Alternative Transportation Festival on Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23 at Boston's City Hall Plaza and on Sunday, September 24 at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline. The three-day celebration will offer a one-stop opportunity to see more than 15 different, clean, effective transportation options that you can buy now -- plus new technologies coming in the near future from Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and other leading automakers. Boston's Museum of Science, New England Aquarium and Children's Museum will all host informative, fun exhibits on transportation and energy plus lots of interactive-learning activities on how to create a more sustainable world.
The coalition that comes together to put on the fourth year of the AltWheels Festival consists of nearly 40 sponsors and more than 76 co-hosts. They include collaboration across the following organizations:
* Leading automakers such as Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen as well as Azure Dynamics, all bringing their latest models, with auto dealers including Clair Toyota, Honda Village, and Westboro Toyota.
* Public-transportation providers such as Amtrak, CityView Trolleys, Massport and the MBTA.
* Transportation organizations such as the National Association of Fleet Administrators, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Womens Transportation Seminar.
* Alternative-transportation and -fuel suppliers such as Emerging Vehicles, Greasecar Vegetable Fuel Systems, the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, the Propane Education Research Council, and Zipcar.
* Transportation advocates such as the Association of Commuter Transportation, Clean Cabs for Boston, CommuteWorks, Mass Commute, and MassPIRG.
* Bike and walk groups such as the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Boston Bicycle Planning Initiative, Cambridge Walks, the In-Line Club of Boston, Livable Streets, the Major Taylor Association, Mass Bike, Rails to Trails, Walk Boston, and Walkable Communities.
* Alternative-energy suppliers such as AVSG, Bell Power Systems, Clean Energy, Cummins, Dennis K. Burke, and KeySpan.
* Environmental organizations such as Environmental Defense, and the Sierra Club.
* Environmentally sensitive retailers such as REI, and Whole Foods.
* Health-care providers such as Harvard Pilgrim.
* Financial-services institutions such as Bank of Boston, Liberty Mutual, and Progressive Asset Management.
* Municipal groups such as the Cities of Boston, Medford, Newton, and Keene, NH, the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition, and the New Hampshire Clean Cities Coalition.
* Educational institutions such as Boston College, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University and the University of New Hampshire.
* Media organizations such as The Boston Globe, Metro Boston, New England Cable News, WBZ NewsRadio 1030, and WheelsTV.net.