Metro has been awarded a $75,000 grant from health care company Kaiser Permanente for a biking and walking map project in Cornelius, Forest Grove and Hillsboro.
The goal of the project, which Metro staffer Katie Edlin says is currently called, “Vámanos! Let’s explore Cornelius, Forest Grove and Hillsboro by bike and foot,” is to promote existing biking and walking routes to those communities. The project would also have a specific focus on connecting with Latino families.
Before creating the maps, Edlin says Metro will hold a series of public events to garner feedback and to better understand the needs of the communities. Forest Grove, Hillsboro, and Cornelius all have significant numbers of Spanish speaking residents (according to Census data, Forest Grove and Hillsboro are around 20 percent Hispanic/Latino and Cornelius is nearly 70 percent).
The maps will be printed in Spanish and English and will be available in print and on the web. If all goes according to plan, the new maps will be available for distribution by fall 2012. For more information about the project, contact Katie Edlin in Metro Regional Travel Options at Katie.Edlin[at]oregonmetro[dot]gov.