Painting a Safer Route to School: NVTA Invites Public to Transportation Art Gallery on May 11

May 5, 2017

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Painting a Safer Route to School: NVTA Invites Public to Transportation Art Gallery on May 11

NVTA Partnered with Leadership Napa Valley and Phillips Elementary 3rd graders; May 11 is also Bike to Work & Bike to School Day in Napa Valley

NAPA — Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) invites the public to the unveiling of an art exhibit highlighting Safe Routes to School painted by Napa Valley third graders.

City of Napa Mayor Jill Techel and NVTA Board Chairman Peter White will join students from Phillips Elementary and participants in Leadership Napa Valley at 10 a.m. on May 11 for the “Arts for Safe Routes” grand opening. The artwork will be displayed at NVTA’s offices at the Soscol Gateway Transit Center (625 Burnell St. in Napa). May 11 is also Bike to Work & School Day.

The initiative was spearheaded by members of a Leadership Napa Valley (LNV) practicum group after educators at Phillips Elementary expressed a need to increase awareness and access to safe routes for their students, who had pointed out inadequate sidewalks and lighting in the neighborhood. NVTA programs funding to Napa County Office of Education’s Safe Routes to Schools program through the One Bay Area Grant, a Federal Highway Administration program.

LNV team members visited three classes at Phillips, teaching important transportation laws and encouraging safe habits for walking, biking and riding to school. Afterward, the students transferred what they learned onto paper, producing more than 70 original paintings focusing on crosswalks, traffic signals and school buses. In addition to the 15 paintings selected for framing, the remaining originals will also be temporarily displayed at the transit center. 

“The art installation is a great way to remind the community that, with a little effort and awareness, pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers can safely coexist in our neighborhoods,” said Kate Miller, NVTA Executive Director. “It is also fun to see the splendid creations of our burgeoning Phillip elementary school artists on our office walls.”

The children will ride to the transit center in Vine Transit buses to view their finished pieces and mingle with elected officials and members of the community. Parents (and the general public) are welcome to attend.

“We are committed to improving our Napa Valley community. We strive to enrich the lives of every person, to promote the well-being for children to thrive, and to celebrate diversity,” said Keri Akemi-Bezayiff, a LNV class coordinator for the project.

NVTA supported the effort by paying for the graphics, framing and installation. The LNV class is also soliciting more local artists to provide pieces for display at NVTA as part of a series of rotating exhibits.

For more information on the May 11 event, visit the Facebook page.


Bernie Narvaez

Jenny Gass

Keri Akemi-Bezayiff

Sonya Milton

Steve Carina-Brassfield



Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) serves as the Congestion Management Agency for Napa County, responsible for programming state and federal funds for local projects. A Joint Powers Authority, NVTA is responsible for the county's short- and long-term regional transportation planning, working closely with its local, regional, state and federal partners to improve Napa County's streets, highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. NVTA also manages the Vine Transit bus system, providing local fixed-route service in Napa, door-to-door paratransit and community shuttles, and regional express bus service throughout the North Bay.