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B is for Banks and biking

Banks seems to be the biking capital of Washington County — at least during late summer.

Portland Century Bicycle Ride, a catered bike ride around Portland’s fringes, passed through Banks last weekend as well as Gaston, Gales Creek and Dilley.

This Saturday, Aug. 24, the Beaverton, Banks & Beyond Bicycle Event invites cyclists to explore western Washington County. The fundraising tour starts at Papa’s Pizza Parlor in Beaverton and ends at the Banks Vernonia Trail in Buxton. Riders can choose 100-, 86-, 64- and 32-mile routes. Visit nwbicyclesafetycouncil.org/events/ride-details for more information.

On Sept. 16, the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway Inaugural Ride Event will snake through Washington County. Be among the first to ride the scenic bikeway or just stop by to celebrate. Festivities start at 9 a.m. at the River House at Rood Bridge Park, 4000 S.E. Rood Bridge Road in Hillsboro, with a ribbon cutting and unveiling of bikeway signage. Those who want to keep rolling along the trail can head to Banks, where there will be a brief ceremony at the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, 42425 N.W. Banks Road in Banks. At 11:20 a.m., cyclists of all levels are invited to explore the 21-mile state trail route.

On Sept. 28, the Oregon Marathon will start in Vernonia and end in Banks. Visit uberthons.com/theoregonmarathon for more information.

City has new councilor, planning commission member

Banks City Council members voted to appoint Michael Nelson to the council last week. Nelson serves on the Banks budget committee, planning commission and library board. He’s also a volunteer firefighter at the Banks Fire Department. He’ll be sworn in at the next council meeting and his term will expire Dec. 31, 2015.

The city council voted to appoint Sam VanDyke, a Forest Grove farmer, to the Banks Planning Commission last week.

Boards blend together

The council adopted an ordinance to combine the Tree Board and Parks Committee, creating the Parks, Recreation and Tree Board.

UGB additions approved

The council approved Mayor Pete Edison’s signing of the urban planning agreement that would allow Quail Valley Golf Course into the Urban Growth Boundary. Earlier this year, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the agreement.