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We think the Blazers and bikes go great together. Want proof? Check out the stories below (including recaps of our Blazers Bike Night events).

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Press Release: Fans Ready to Roll to the Rose Garden for Annual Bike to Blazers Game

Avatar by on April 13th, 2010 at 8:46 am

Here’s the official press release from the Trail Blazers about the big event tomorrow!:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                          
    April 12, 2010

    Bill Evans, Trail Blazers, 971.678.4210
    Kris Koivisto, Trail Blazers, 503.797.9783


    Third-annual event will pay homage to Bill Walton’s route across the Steel Bridge

    PORTLAND, OR — The Trail Blazers enjoy a connection to Portland’s bike community that spans as far back as Bill Walton, perhaps the most celebrated bike enthusiast in team history. 
    On Wednesday, fans can be part of this Portland tradition at the third annual Bike-to-Blazers game against Golden State, riding to the game over the Steel Bridge as Walton himself often did. 
    Cyclists – including Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Metro councilor Rex Burkholder and Bike Portland editor Jonathan Maus, the founder of the event – will meet for a rally at the Salmon Street Fountain at McCall Waterfront Park at 5:30 p.m.

    “Thousands of cyclists commute by the Rose Quarter each day,” Portland Trail Blazers President Larry Miller said. “Bike to Blazers encourages active transportation and creates a fun event for Trail Blazers fans and cyclists. Our hope is that people see biking to games as a fun, healthy alternative to driving.”  

    The event is in partnership with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, BikePortland.org, Lloyd TMA, Portland Water Bureau, Metro, Community Cycling Center, Portland Bicycle Tours, and the Office of Mayor Sam Adams.

    “Trail Blazers basketball and bicycling are two great Portland pastimes. I’m excited to see these two pastimes come together to create an exceptional event that will hopefully become a Portland tradition,” Mayor Adams said.

    Highlights of the event will include:

    • A free prize raffle for an autographed Bill Walton helmet
    • A “dress like Bill Walton” contest
    • Community bike awareness events on the Rose Quarter Commons
    • A designated bike section for the first 100 ticket buyers, with JumboTron recognition.
    • Post game free-throw shooting for participants
    • Trail Blazers bike bells for cyclists

    “Biking to Trail Blazers games is not only a fun way to get to the Rose Garden, it’s a way to enhance public health and create more livable, vibrant communities,” said Stephanie Noll of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA).”

    The Trail Blazers are encouraging Portlanders to participate—even if they’re not daily bike commuters. Portland Bicycle Tours is loaning bikes to fans that want to join in the festivities, but are without a bike of their own. Those who cannot make the rally are still encouraged to bike to the game, using route planning assistance from the City of Portland and Tri-Met. Limited covered bike parking is now available at the Rose Garden.

    The Bike to Blazers event follows a successful NBA Green Week partnership with the NBA and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), during which the Trail Blazers hosted the US Green Building Council and NBA leadership to officially celebrate the Rose Garden’s LEED Gold certification, an accomplishment made possible in part because of the team’s commitment to sustainable transportation efforts.

    “Being green is part of Portlanders’ DNA,” Miller said. “We want to make it easier for fans to reduce their environmental footprint with a full range of transportation options.”

    Miller added that bike-friendly development will play an important role creating a more green, active and enlivened Rose Quarter.

    “New amenities for cyclists and active transportation options for visitors have been at the center of our development conversations,” Miller said. “We want to make biking to the Rose Quarter a convenience, because we recognize the benefits to the environment, to public health and to adjacent neighborhoods.”

    Special thanks to BikePortland.org for helping make this year’s ride the biggest yet. 

Blazers look to “Make it Better” with bikes

Avatar by on April 7th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

In just the latest sign that the Portland Trail Blazers are looking to lead the NBA in biking, I just came across a great ad put together as part of their Make it Better campaign. It features Blazers front office employee Steve Farnsworth and their reserve point guard Jerryd Bayless.

Check it out:[Read more…]

New BTA leader will make first Portland address at Bike to Blazers rally

Avatar by on April 7th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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Rob will be in Portland next week.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The newly hired top gun at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Rob Sadowsky, won’t officially take the helm until July 1st, but you can meet him and hear him speak at our big Bike to Blazers Rally in Waterfront Park on April 14th.

Sadowsky will be one of the featured speakers at the rally, which will take place at the Salmon Street Fountain amphitheater, just north of the Hawthorne Bridge on the west side of the Willamette River. The rally starts at 5:30 and we leave for the Rose Garden Arena at 6:00 — so don’t be late![Read more…]

Bike to Blazers update: Bike section sold out, rally location change, and more

Avatar by on April 5th, 2010 at 11:59 am

Bill Walton autographed helmet-1

One lucky person will win this collectible
helmet signed by Bill Walton.
(Photo © J. Maus)

All the pieces to the big Bike to Blazers event are coming together. The rally, ride, and mini-expo at the Rose Quarter are all set.

The big news is that the bike section is sold out! We had 100 seats reserved and they’re all gone. This means we’ll have one rocking and bike-loving group of fans to cheer on our home team and send them into the playoffs with a bang. It also means that the other 20,000 Blazer fans in attendance will get a not-so-subtle hint that biking to the game is not just possible, but it can be a ton of fun too! [Read more…]

A message from Bill Walton (and a Bike to Blazers update)

Avatar by on March 24th, 2010 at 9:24 am

April 14th!

Bike to Blazers is shaping up nicely and now we’ve even got the blessing of Blazers icon and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton (watch video below).

But before I bring you up to speed, get your tickets if you haven’t already. We’ve got a limited amount set aside so all us bike nuts can sit together — which will make our “We Biked Here” signs and five seconds of fame on the jumbotron that much sweeter.

OK, back to the updates…[Read more…]

Bike to Blazers is set: Rally, ride, and more!

Avatar by on March 15th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Mark your calendars and buy your tickets, because Bike to Blazers is going to be awesome this year. On April 14th, the bike and basketball worlds will collide, resulting in a fun community event that will (hopefully) become an annual Portland tradition.

Why bikes and Blazers? Why not? Both are a major force for good in our city and by tying them together, great things can happen. The Blazers want to be the “greenest” team in the NBA and a big part of their effort is to encourage more biking to games. From an advocacy perspective, putting bikes front and center at the Rose Garden, and tying biking more closely to the Blazers organization, is a great way to reach a lot of folks who don’t usually hear about how fun and useful bikes can be.[Read more…]

Covered bike parking and free bike bells at Blazer’s game tonight

Avatar by on February 6th, 2010 at 8:18 am

Bike to Blazers

Covered bike parking? Free
bike bells? Thumbs waaay up!
(Photo © BikePortland/2006)

The Portland Trail Blazers will pass out 6,500 custom-branded Blazer bike bells at tonight’s home game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Bike-riding fans will also enjoy a new roof over their head at the arena’s main bike parking area.

Charlie Burr, from the Blazers PR firm, told me yesterday (with tongue firmly in cheek) that, “We believe the sound of alternative transportation will serve to disorient our Los Angeles brethren, giving us a critical advantage.”

Noisemakers in the crowd are common at Rose Garden Arena, but the team usually hands out cowbells.
[Read more…]

Rose Garden goes LEED Gold: 30% get there by bike or public transit

Avatar by on January 26th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

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The main bike racks at the Rose Garden.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Portland Business Journal reports that the Rose Garden Arena (home of the Portland Trail Blazers) has been awarded a “Gold” level LEED certification. Among the reasons is the large percentage of attendees get there by something else besides a car.

Here’s the blurb about their transportation green-ness:

More than 30 percent of Rose Garden attendees use public or alternative transportation, such as bicycle commuting. The team subsidizes transit passes for staff and uses bikes and electric vehicles for on-site operations.

[Read more…]

Blazers star Brandon Roy bikes to practice (and he’s not weird)

Avatar by on October 9th, 2009 at 9:49 am

Roy’s talent, style, and popularity could
do wonders for the reputation of
bicycling in Portland.

In the few years he’s been in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Brandon Roy has become a bona-fide star. That’s one reason why back in July 2008, we featured his love of biking on the Front Page.

Now comes further proof of how lucky Portland is to have “B-Roy” on our team: According to an interview given by teammate Nic Batum to a French media outlet that was translated by fan site Blazers Edge, Roy not only loves to ride for training purposes, but he’s actually riding to practice as well.

Here’s the key quote from the interview (this is Batum speaking about Roy):[Read more…]

Bikes and the Blazers: Two things that go great together

Avatar by on June 12th, 2009 at 10:39 am

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I still don’t know who’s responsible for
this stencil. I spotted it on the bike
signal loop detector at the corner
of NE Lloyd and the Steel Bridge.
(Photos © J. Maus)

It seems like an eternity has passed since I put together the Bike to Blazers ride. And in Blazer terms, it is.

Back in April 2006, our local team was at the bottom of the NBA barrel. They had huge problems on the court (couldn’t win games) and off (couldn’t stay out of trouble). I remember when I announced the ride, several openly commenters scoffed at the idea.

Fast forward to today. Now there’s a much different vibe coming from the Rose Garden. The Blazers are one of the hottest teams in the league and they’ve got players who inspire both on the hardwood and in the neighborhood.[Read more…]