Opening events planned Sept. 16 in Banks and Hillsboro

A sign-unveiling ceremony and inaugural ride is planned for the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway on Monday, Sept. 16.

Events are planned at two locations along the bikeway. The first begins at 9 a.m. at the River House at Rood Bridge Park, 4000 S.E. Rood Bridge Road in Hillsboro. The second begins at 11 a.m. at the Banks-Vernonia State Trail Trailhead, at the corner of Main and Northwest Sellers in Banks.

The events are sponsored by the Washington County Visitors Association. Detailed information is available at

The bikeway covers roughly 50 miles of mostly rural roads between Rood Bridge and the Banks-Vernonia trailhead, which each offer parking, restrooms and drinking water. Several other parks along the way have picnic shelters and restrooms.

One of the most challenging points is known to be the crossing at Highway 47 and Maple Street in Forest Grove. Direction signs are being posted to designate the route.

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