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Tonight’s Trail Blazers ‘Green Game’ will highlight transportation

Posted by on April 6th, 2016 at 2:02 pm

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Tonight’s Item of the Game features Portland’s
non-car transportation modes.

Tonight is Blazers Bike Night and it’s also part of a larger effort by the National Basketball Association and the Portland Trail Blazers organization to be more aware about of their impact on the environment.

All season long the Blazers have used special “Green Games” to highlight areas where they want to reduce their environmental footprint. So far they’ve focused on energy, waste, food, and water conservation. Tonight’s focus area is transportation and Bike Night is the centerpiece of the campaign.

According to the team about 6 percent of Blazer fans walk or bike to the Moda Center. Add the 5 percent who take the bus and 25 percent who take light rail and you’ve got 36 percent of the 19,980 Moda Center fans who get to the game without a car.

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(Graphic: Portland Trail Blazers)

To grow that number, the Blazers will promote a transportation-themed Item of the Game tonight. It’s a cool water bottle that’s got an illustration of the MAX, a bus and a big sasquatch riding a bike. Other promotions are the discounted tickets being sold through the Bike Night ticket page and a free reflective pinwheel sticker and chance to win a Damian Lillard-autographed helmet with each ticket purchased. While inside the arena tonight look for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance table in the main concourse.

The weather’s perfect for biking to the game and we’re hoping to fill the main bike parking area near the box office. I’ll be there before the game with my Blazers flag so come over and introduce yourself. Go Blazers!

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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According to Tri-Met figures, something like 70% of the people who went to Timbers games last year used transit, mostly Max. With the construction disruptions on Max scheduled for a two week period in May, the Timbers should be encouraging using the streetcar loop via the Tilicum Crossing and a walk from the downtown streetcar corridor for games due to be played during that period. Bike commutes to and from matches should also be encouraged!

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I like the graphics. I hope it all goes well!

Jim Hilsenteger
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Jim Hilsenteger

I’m curious as to why the Blazers don’t do more to encourage bicycling as an option for the workers at the Moda Center. The bike parking for employees is woefully inadequate. I’ll send a pic tonight from the designated bike parking area nearest to the employee entrances. You’d think the supposedly Platimum LEED facility would want more of its employees to bike to work which would eliminate the need for employee auto parking.

Mike
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Mike

Hmm… The teams fly around the country how many times a week?

And where does all their merchandise come from? I assume China.

Mike Sanders
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Mike Sanders

The Chicago MLB teams (Cubs & White Sox) have been known to use the Antrak trains between Chicago and Milwaukee occasionally. Cubs/Sox series always result in lots of subway use. Ditto for Yankees/Mets series every year. A’s and Giants could be taking Amtrak to Dodgers, Angels and San Diego Padres games if the right advance arrangements could be made. Many take Amtrak from Portland to Seattle for Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners games, because the ballparks in Seattle are a 10 minute walk from Seattle King St. Station downtown. Better than I-5 or flying!

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Laura

Just a note…the bottle was made by Liberty Bottleworks. Made in Union Gap (Yakima) WA, from recycled aluminum. Their factory is a zero waste facility. The only recycled metal bottle made in the USA.