The Oregon State Parks & Recreation Commission unanimously approved the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway at its May 8 meeting. The 50-mile route begins in Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro and winds west and north through Forest Grove, up to the 20-mile Banks-Vernonia Trail. by: COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY VISITORS ASSOCIATION - Rolling hills line a section of the 50-mile Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway, which won state approval May 8.

There won’t be any official kickoff event, but the Washington County Visitors Association is paying for a total of 75 signs to mark the route, including 14 that will dot Forest Grove alone. The WCVA is having people within the state prison system make the signs, said Executive Director Carolyn McCormick, who expects them to be ready by July, if not earlier.

Meanwhile, Oregon State Parks and the Oregon Tourism Commission — a semi-independent agency created by the Legislature in 2003 and doing business as “Travel Oregon” — is already promoting the trail nationally and internationally. Travel Oregon has a detailed, turn-by-turn map on its website, along with another map that offers icons for local attractions, restaurants, lodging and more. by: COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY VISITORS ASSOCIATION - Bruce Buffington, a catalyst for the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway, and Allison George of the Washington County Visitors Association hold an enlarged copy of the signs that will be posted along the route, including at least 14 in Forest Grove.

Business owners who would like their establishment to show up on that map can contact Bryant Marban at 971-717-6188 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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