Inaugural Ride of Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway
By Jackie Luskey
Here in Oregon’s Washington County, we know how to travel our trails in style. September 16 marked the Inaugural Ride of the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway and a crew of over-the-moon cyclists celebrated the occasion in a big way.
The morning kick-off was accompanied by unbeatable cycling weather: the overcast brought a cool breeze. The kelly green bikeway signs and the neon green bandanas that the cyclists wore—touting the Inaugural Ride—popped against the steel blue-gray of the sky. After a joyful commencement speech and sign unveiling at the River House at Rood Bridge Park, cyclists began their self-paced journeys along the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway.
Pedaling past quaint farms and the charming Duyck’s Peachy-Pig Farm, cyclists sojourned to Olson’s Bicycles, where they stopped for treats, coffee, and a stretch. In good spirits, wheels began to spin once again, but this time passing tall rows of corn stalks and lush trees on the brink of unveiling fall colors.
Having rode a cumulative 30 miles, cyclists again stopped for a rest and well-deserved refreshment at Banks Bicycle Repair & Rental. Amidst the merriment, there were fist-pumps, acclamations of how beautiful their rides were, and (for the uber-enthused) preparations to continue on with the Banks-Vernonia portion of the trail.
The jubilee of Oregon’s latest scenic bikeway does not end with the Inaugural Ride—it continues with each new cyclist hitting its pavement. What’s more—the bikeway truly is worth a repeat ride as the crops and foliage change with the seasons. Whether you’re a newbie or veteran to the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway, pick your route, strap on your helmet, and take a pedal-by tour of some of Oregon’s Washington County’s most idyllic landscapes.
For those anxious to get a taste, be sure to check out the Facebook album of the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway, as well as the Grant’s Getaway segment on it below:
Fast Facts About the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway:
Length: 50.4 miles (one way)
Type: road cycling + trail cycling (on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail portion)
Level: intermediate to advanced
Maps: Southern Sections (Hillsboro and Forest Grove) and Northern Section (Banks-Vernonia State Trail)