The Napa Bicycle Plan was developed as a component of the Napa Valley Transpotation Authority’s Countywide Bicycle Plan Update. The Plan is intended to guide and influence the development of bikeways, bicycle policies, bicycle programs and bicycle facility design standards to make bicycling throughout the City of Napa and Napa County more safe, comfortable, convenient and enjoyable for all bicyclists. The overarching goal of the Bicycle Plan is to increase the number of persons who bicycle throughout the City and County of Napa for transportation to work, school, for utilitarian purposes, and recreation.
This Countywide Bicycle Plan presents a cooperatively-developed 25-year vision for building a complete bicycling system for our community. It also presents a carefully chosen set of specific goals, objectives, and policies to guide the ongoing evolution of that system.
Napa County, with its varied terrain, beautiful scenery, and mild weather is ideal for both practical and recreational cycling. Cities in the County are relatively flat and compact, characteristics that are optimal for intra-city commute and utilitarian trips. Currently, inter-city travel on the valley floor via bicycle can be challenging because of the distance between the cities, limited connections, and roads with highspeed traffic. Outside of the cities and valley floor, the County’s mountains, valleys, and scenery provide a “world class” experience that is a physically challenging and attractive for recreational cyclists.
This Plan has been developed at a time when there has been a strong surge of interest in bicycling in Napa County, as well as in the Bay Area Region, the nation and the world. New programs, systems and technologies have been emerging month by month, spurred on by an intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to promote more active, healthy transportation options, to reduce traffic congestion, and to provide connections between our communities. The Napa Vine Trail Coalition, dedicated to creating a Class I Multi-use Path the full length of Napa Valley, has emerged as a popular community organization, made up of 27 of the county’s most influential non-profit and government groups. The Napa Bicycle Coalition, recently re-named “Napa Bike,” has energized the cycling community to become an even more active participant in the development of cycling resources in the county. The local “Safe Routes to School” program has been expanding rapidly, now serving schools throughout Napa County. The Napa Valley Transpotation Authority (NVTA) has adopted a long range strategic goal of having 10 percent of all trips made by bicycle in Napa County. This new Countywide Bicycle Plan is one way that NVTA looks to accomplish this goal, in close partnership with the governments, non-profit
organizations and citizens of our community.
This plan has been developed to address the needs of all types of bicyclists, including novice riders and children, the average bicyclist, and advanced riders and commuters, as well as shoppers, recreational riders, and tourists. Important reasons for increasing bicycle travel include reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions due to automobile traffic as well as general public health benefits of active transportation. This plan is designed to address the most common reasons why people do NOT use bicycles, including lack of convenience and perceived safety concerns. Important reasons for increasing bicycle travel include reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions due to automobile traffic as well as general public health benefits of active transportation.