Submitted by dmeehan on November 12, 2019 - 10:37am
The Napa Countywide Bicycle Plan presents a cooperatively-developed vision for building a complete bicycling system for the 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 untilitarian trips. Inter-city travel on the valley floor via bicycle can be challenging because of the distance between the cities, limited connections, and roads with high speed traffic. The Napa Valley Vine Trail
, a 47 mile shared use path (Class I) currently under construction, will provide a safe, convenient option for bicycling for commuters and all levels of recreational users. Outside of the cities and valley floor, the County's mountains, valleys and scenery provide a "world class" experience that is physically challenging and attractive for recreational cyclists.
NVTA has adopted a long range strategic goal of having 10 percent of all trips made by bicycle in Napa County. The 2019 Countywide Bicycle Plan is one way NVTA looks to accomplish this goal, in close partnership with the governments, non-profit organizations and citizens of the community. Every four to five years, NVTA long range plans are updated. The Countywide Bicycle Plan update which began in mid-2017 was adopted by the NVTA Board in October 2019.
Are you interested in making active transportation better in Napa County? NVTA has an Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) with representatives from each jurisdiction in Napa County. There are currently three openings on the committee:
City of Calistoga (1), City of St. Helena (1) and the City of American Canyon (1).
For more information about the joining the NVTA ATAC, or active transportation in Napa County, including the Bicycle Plan Update conact:
Diana Meehan, NVTA Active Transportation Coordinator