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.
There wont 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 rideoregonride.com website, along with another map that offers icons for local attractions, restaurants, lodging and more.