Loaning Bikes for Bike To Blazers


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,, 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 for helping make this year’s ride the biggest yet.

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Oregon Bike Summit! – Registration Open

2010 Oregon Bike Summit – June 4, Portland
Join us in June for a streamlined, one-day gathering that will keep you up to date and fully involved in Oregon’s cycling world. Registration is available now for the fifth annual Oregon Bike Summit, at only $50 per person.

Learn all you need to know on topics including national and state legislative issues, active transportation and health care, growing cycling tourism in Oregon and what lies ahead for biking in our state. And choose from afternoon breakout sessions on involving bike businesses in advocacy, bringing bike activism to underserved communities, how to use social media in advocacy efforts, and making the connection between transportation and recreation.

Your registration includes breakfast, lunch and an evening reception, plus the chance to network with some of the most involved bicycling advocates around. There’s also a group bike ride the next morning, led by Portland Bicycle Tours, who can provide you a rental bike. Get all the event details at the Oregon Bike Summit Web site.

2010 Oregon Bike Summit
June 4, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
World Trade Center, Portland
121 SW Salmon, Tower Two
Attendees $50; Vendors $30
Host Hotel: Hilton Portland and Executive Tower

P.S. – Our friends at the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University are hosting a Bikeway Facility Design workshop on June 3. This highly interactive event covers planning and designing on-street bikeway facilities and how to integrate them into new and existing collector streets and arterials. Get more information here.

Travel Portland Fam Tour

Monday we had a great Travel Portland Fam Tour by bike with some guests from Europe and United Airlines. They cruised the West Side waterfront path and pedaled through the SW Waterfront business district, before returning through the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Old Town/ China Town.  There was even time to stop at the aerial tramway at OHSU and talk about the sights. Lots of smiles, and even some sunshine breaks on this ride. Thanks to new paving projects on the waterfront trail, our ride was a little smoother than usual – great progress – I’m looking forward to the new signage that is supposed to be installed on the trail as well. Thanks to Travel Portland for putting this together.

SW Waterfront Tour

New Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route


New 2,389-mile route will guide cyclists along the splendor of the Pacific Crest

Adventure Cycling Association’s Jim Sayer (executive director) and Jenn Milyko (cartographer) will visit Washington and Oregon, April 6-8, 2010, to unveil the Association’s brand new, 2,389-mile Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route and to share the latest news on bicycle travel and adventures in North America. Events will be held at the Seattle, Portland, and Eugene REIs (see below for event details).

A 2,389-mile road-based journey, the new route stretches from Sumas, Washington, through the Cascade Range into Oregon, southward through the Sierra Nevada Range, to the Tehachapi and San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California, ending in Tecate, California, at the Mexican border. The route roughly parallels the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, passing around and through many of North America’s mountain gems, from Mount Rainier and Mount Hood to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Sierra Cascades maps will be available later in April. The new route takes the Adventure Cycling Route Network over 40,000 miles (40,633, to be precise), the equivalent of riding around the planet more than one-and-a-half times! Adventure Cycling’s network is the largest mapped cycling route system in the world.

The Northwest events will be grand celebrations with Adventure Cycling’s friends at REI who provided financial support for route research. For years, REI has generously supported Adventure Cycling’s development of routes such as the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route and the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route. REI has provided $30,000 in support of the Sierra Cascades route.

Join Adventure Cycling staff and members to celebrate with refreshments and fun, engaging presentations on the new Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route and the latest news on bicycle travel.

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, Refreshments at 5:30 p.m.; Presentation at 6:00 p.m.
Where: REI’s Flagship Store in central Seattle. Directions: or call (206) 223-1944.
RSVP: Please RSVP by April 2nd to Beth Petersen, at 800-755-2453 x 211

When: Wednesday, April 7, Refreshments at 7:00 p.m., Presentation at 7:30 p.m.
Where: REI’s Store in the Pearl District. Directions: or call (503) 221-1938.
RSVP: Please RSVP by April 2nd to Beth Petersen, at 800-755-2453 x 211

When: Thursday, April 8, Refreshments at 7:00 p.m., Presentation at 7:30 p.m.
Where: REI’s Store in central Eugene. Directions: or call or call (541) 465-1800.
RSVP: Please RSVP by April 5th to Beth Petersen, at 800-755-2453 x 211

Momentum Magazine issue #44

There is a fantastic new Momentum issue out. I’m really looking forward to their Portland kickoff party after the Pedal Nation Bike Show this April. It’s going to be at the Jupiter Hotel on E Burnside. Great articles and profile pieces in this issue. Elly Blue wrote an interesting article on cycling in PDX and I really liked the Trailblazers piece by Jeff Mapes – “How Bicycle Advocates Defined North American Cycling Culture 1970-2010”. What an amazing time line.

Thanks to Momentum Magazine for mentioning us in the Portland Visitor’s Guide.

We even made it on the sweet Portland By Bike map by Urban Adventure League extraordinaire Shawn Granton.

Momentum issue #44

Cant wait for the next Portland Issue –

Evening Rides with PCC

Evening rides with PCC

Join PCC and Portland Bicycle Tours, and explore our great city!  We provide the bicycle, helmet and the guide on these three hour tours.  Space is limited, so sign up right away!

PCC rides coming soon

Bridge History Tour

Explore the bridges, history, public art, and the esplanade bike way that lines the Willamette.  Learn about the remodel that changed the landscape of our Waterfront Park and what is in store for our waterways.

July 13th , 6-9pm, $59

Portland City Tour

Take a ride with us as we cruise to some sights in downtown Portland and share a bit of the Portlandia story. Find out why Portland is “the city that works” while learning about our urban growth boundary.

July 20th, 6-9pm, $59

Portland Parks Tour

Portland is a city that blooms all year round! Visit a dormant volcano with an amazing variety of plant species, a community garden teeming with life, and enjoy the calm riding streets we call Bike Boulevards.

July 27th, 6-9pm, $59