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Transit staff hope map will help people explore Wilsonville on two feet or two wheels

SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO - Wilsonville's trail system allows residents to make their way from one section of town to another, or simply enjoy being away the hustle and bustle. In a city divided by Interstate 5, it's not always easy — or safe — for cyclists and walkers to navigate around Wilsonville. To help locals and visitors alike, Wilsonville's South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) has updated its Community Bike and Walk map, including the newly updated transit routes.

"This is the first update to this map from our Discover Wilsonville series that we ran in 2011," said Michelle Marston, SMART transit outreach program coordinator. "Wilsonville has had so much growth since then, we needed to add all the new trails and roads to the map. This project has been worked on by several summer interns over the last two years to bring it to the version we have now."CITY OF WILSONVILLE - The maps different colors and line styles notate sidewalks, pedestrian paths, multi-use paths, bike lanes, traffic signals, uphill inclines, parks and caution indicators on street that are less bike and pedestrian friendly.

The map is color-coded and includes all of Wilsonville and Charbonneau. The different colors and line styles notate sidewalks, pedestrian paths, multi-use paths, bike lanes, traffic signals, uphill inclines, parks and caution indicators on street that are less bike and pedestrian friendly.

The caution indicators — notably around the section of Elligsen stretching from Canyon Creek Road to Day Road and the I-5 interchange on Wilsonville Road — make it easier for those less familiar with city roads, such as visitors, to circumnavigate more dangerous intersections.

"This is a great tool for bikers and walkers alike to explore Wilsonville," Marston said.

The map also includes the newly updated SMART bus route map, effective last September. The map is free and available at the Wilsonville Public Library, City Hall, the community center, Wilsonville schools, motels and at the city's major grocery stores. It is also available online at www.ridesmart.com/bikewalkmap2017.

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