The Napa County Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC), formerly the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) is an advisory committee for the Napa Valley Transportation Authority established by the NVTA’s Board of Director’s to promote and encourage safe bicycling and walking to further Napa’s goal of becoming a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly city. One of the ATAC’s main focuses will be on Napa’s interest to increase the safe usage of bicycle and pedestrian facilities as a significant and beneficial mode of transportation and recreation.
UPDATE 07/01/2016: The City of Napa, the county of Napa, and the City of American Canyon are looking for a representative in the ATAC committee. Contact Diana Meehan at email@example.com for more information.
The ATAC advises the NVTA Board of Director’s on funding and planning issues for bicycle and pedestrian projects. The ATAC also makes recommendations on the policies for the planning, development, and maintenance of bikeway systems. ATAC’s duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Review of the General Plan.
- Review existing facilities (bike routes, trails, parking, etc.).
- Review roadway construction projects and their accommodation of bicyclists.
- Recommend bicycle and pedestrian projects for city capital improvement projects or for available fund sources.
- Provide input regarding local, state or federal legislation, parking security, enforcement of vehicle code related to bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Promote education efforts.
In addition to Transportation and Recreational benefits, there are four major benefits of creating a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly Napa.
- Attracts business to Napa’s vibrant communities.
- Increases property values.
- Provides improved transportation access – Vine Transit, sidewalks and greenways.
- More walking/biking foot traffic for businesses.
- “Eyes on the street” - safety increases: commercial, office, and neighborhood areas.
- Reduces health care costs.
- Decreases future capital expense – with complete transportation options.
- Improves air quality – asthma, lung disease.
- Reduces obesity, overweight population.
- Reduces cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
- Fewer ER patients and associated costs.
- Lowers general health care costs.
- Improves air quality (CO2 reduction, CMAQ funding).
- Reduces carbon footprint – fossil fuel, heat electricity.
- Reuse of existing infrastructure – infill development.
- Less greenfield development – growing smart.
Quality of Life
- Neighborhood access to parks, greenways, sidewalks.
- More Livable communities.
- Eyes on street – decreases safety concerns.
- Varied access to community services.
- Improves vitality rate, decrease health concerns.
The ATAC is composed of eleven members. Members are nominated by NVTA member agencies and appointed by the NVTA Board of Directors. Members serve for three-year terms and are eligible for renewal. The qualification for an ATAC member is to either live or work within Napa County.
Members of the public are welcome to attend all or part of any ATAC meeting.