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Bike to Blazers is coming! Get all the details

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 24th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Bike to Blazers
Me, circa 2006.

When I put together the first Bike to Blazers event back in 2006 (see photo at right), it was just a group ride to the arena with a few small perks we worked out with Blazers front-office staff. The goal all along was to get the Blazers organization excited about it so they'd adopt it as their own. After a super-fun and successful event last year, it seems like that's starting to become a reality.

This year, the Blazers have really stepped up for the event and we couldn't be more excited. Check out the logo they made for the official event flyer...

The big game is April 3rd at 6:00 pm against the Dallas Mavericks (which is also the Blazers annual "Green Game Celebration"). Below are just some of the fun details...

  • We won't have a rally in Waterfront Park like we did last year. Instead, we'll ask folks to promote group rides from neighborhoods to end in the plaza in front of the Rose Garden and at The Game restaurant on the Rose Quarter Campus.
  • The Rose Quarter plaza will be full of activities, music, booths with local organizations, free bike tune-ups and other fun stuff. If you have cool custom bikes to share, or if you do bike tricks (Blake Hicks I'm thinking of you), show up, hang out, and show the 20,000 Blazer fans what bicycling in Portland is all about.
  • The BlazerDancers will join us pre-game. No confirmation yet on whether to expect a Sprockettes/BlazerDancer collaboration, but we're asking!
  • Two ticket packages are available: $35 for the 300 section and Suite Level tickets for $75 a piece. Buy them online with passcode: BikeBlazers
  • All tickets come with vouchers for a free entree and beverage of your choice which you can use either pre-game at The Game restaurant or inside the arena during the game.
  • You'll also get a coupon for a discount on the brand new Trail Blazers cycling jersey available in the Fan Shop.

If you're a Blazer fan and want to get a group ride going from your neighborhood, contact us and we'll get you a free Blazers flag you can fly from your lead bike. Tip off is at 6:00 pm, so plan to get down to the arena early to hang out, have some fun, and enjoy some food/drink.

I hope you'll join us to show support for our local NBA team and spread the love of bicycling to their many fans.

You can order your tickets online (passcode: BikeBlazers) or by calling Lisa Swan at (503) 963-3966.

Watch the slideshow below to relive the fun of last year's event:

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  • Jeff March 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Nice! Can't wait. Will we also be able to go down on the court and shoot after the game like last year?

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  • KRhea March 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Looking forward to this Jonathan. Have one important question...Is there secure bike parking available. We'll probably ride our tandem, which happens to be the Blazers colors...by accident, and pull our daughter on a tag-a-long. We'd need somewhere safe to park it so we have a ride home!

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) March 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      KRhea,

      There will be plenty of bike parking available. Not sure if it will be secure beyond their regular parking... but the entire campus/plaza area is very secure and I think I recall the main parking near Will Call ticket booth is camera-controlled.

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  • Matteo Luccio March 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Anything that gets large numbers of people out of cars and onto bikes is great -- so kudos! The logo is also great because it helps to promote the event. However, the helmet hanging from the handlebars sends the wrong message! Perhaps you could gently educate the team's marketing staff on the importance of wearing helmets.

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    • jen March 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

      i agree completely! i was surprised to see the helmet hanging from the handlebars...nothing irks me more than to see someone riding with their helmet dangling like that.

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  • Steve Hoyt-McBeth March 25, 2011 at 10:35 am

    My buddy Scott Cohen and I bought tix before we knew it was Bike to Blazers night, but we'll be rocking helmets and watching LA take on Dirk, even if we can't enjoy the free complimentary entree, which is a killer perk. Nice work J.

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  • Agent Dollface March 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Hey Jonathan i'll see what i can get the Sprockettes to do...but more importantly i think you spelled "Blake Hicks" wrong.

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) March 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks Agent Dollface... and wow, can't believe I spelled Blake's name wrong. I corrected it and thanks for pointing out that mistake.

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  • -d- March 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    it keeps trying to make me pay for the food vouchers, i thought they are free?

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) March 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      Just call Lisa Swan with the Blazers at (503) 963-3966 and she'll sort you out. We'll make it right. Thanks for getting tickets.

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