Napa Valley would seem to be a logical place for a bike trail, away from traffic, drunk drivers, and the weekend hordes of wine tasting experts (just ask them!). The Napa Valley Vine Coalition is a real grass-roots non-profit organization building a walking and biking trail connecting the entire Napa Valley. They are working to design, fund, build, and maintain the 47 mile paved, Class 1 trail, starting at the Vallejo Ferry, and ending in the town of Calistoga.
The Vine Trail has over 5000 supporters, including me, though they only started in 2008. Both dollars and volunteer hours are making this dream become a reality. The northern portion of trail implementation runs from the Napa bike trail at Trancas Street and Highway 29 in Napa, to the Calistoga Bike Trail at Dunaweal Lane in Calistoga – a distance of 22 miles. The route here will follow Highway 29 and the Wine Train tracks.
The southern portion of the Vine Trail extends from Trancas and Highway 29 southeast across Napa, along the Wine Train Tracks to Soscal Avenue, and then south along the river through Kennedy Park to American Canyon (just north of Vallejo). The last portion will either be a river route or an inland route to meet up with an existing bike and hike path in Vallejo, near the intersection of Highways 29 and 37.
The Trail is affectionately called, “The Path to the Good Life.” However, a local cyclist, Richard Becker, was killed in a cycling collision last summer (2011). The donations that you make will assure that all cyclists will have a no-cars-allowed, safe and scenic walking, running, and cycling path for all ages and abilities.
On December 5, 2012, those of you in the Napa Valley can help the cause by shopping at Whole Foods* in Napa. Each quarter, Whole Foods* selects an area non-profit beneficiary for their 5% donation day. That means 5% of the day’s total sales will go to the Vine Trail!!!! Shop there if you can. If not, go to their website and donate online. Thank you for the safe rides that all of us will have in the beautiful Napa Valley.