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Business group to tour Tigard, Tualatin by bike

Westside Economic Alliance holding bicycle tour to showcase development

Fifty or so businesspeople, elected officials and others will get to view Tigard and Tualatin by bicycle this month.

The Westside Economic Alliance, a business advocacy organization based in Tigard, has chosen the cities for its second annual “Economic Development Bike Tour;” the event was held last year in Hillsboro.

Riders on the Sept. 16 tour will meet for lunch at the Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin around noon before taking off on a 15-mile circuit, with stops for presentations about the planned extension of Southwest 124th Avenue, new businesses in Tualatin's industrial area, development along Southwest 72nd Avenue and more, said Pam Treece, executive director of the Westside Economic Alliance.

“The purpose isn't just to ride a loop,” Treece explained. “The purpose is to learn about what the key issues are.”

The ride will conclude back at Legacy Meridian Park, with a catered reception for riders afterward being put on by the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce.

Treece said it is different to experience a community by bicycle rather than by car, especially since segments of the tour through Tigard and Tualatin will run along pedestrian and bike trails.

“We had just a really great time last year,” she remarked.

Tigard and Tualatin police on motorcycles and bicycles will accompany the riders, Treece added.

“We're doing a lot to ensure that our riders are safe,” she said.

Laughing, Treece added, “It's quite an experience to ride with a motorcycle escort. You feel really important.”

The tour is free to participants, but space is limited and preference is given to Westside Economic Alliance members. For more information or to inquire about coming along, contact Treece at 503-968-3100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..