California’s famed Napa Valley wine country will soon have a new attraction for cyclists. The Napa Valley Vine Trail, once complete, will run 70 kilometres from Vallejo Ferry Terminal north to Calistoga.
The estimated ten-year project has already begun and one of several trails is expected to be completed this fall.
“Parts are already completed, parts are now under construction, overall it's a 10 year project we're estimating,” said Diane Gandara of the Napa Valley Vine Trail. “The trail will be used for commuting and recreation, biking, skating, walking.”
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition is a volunteer based non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of Napa’s countywide trail. The 70-kilometres of recreational trails will follow the highway 29 that beginning in Vallejo and run north through the Napa Valley, parallel to the Wine Train Tracks.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail is estimated to cost upwards of $46 million, which breaks down to approximately one million per mile. The effort is supported by an alliance of public agencies as well as agricultural, commercial and environmental interest groups. Furthermore, the trail will require approximately $15 thousand per mile per year for maintenance, patrols and resurfacing.
According to a recent press release, the trail will significantly reduce the community’s carbon footprint by replacing 150,000 automobile trips per year, and is expected to positively impact Napa County’s annual economy by $75 million.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail is hosting a Construction Kick-off event on Saturday, May 22 at Oxbow Market, Napa where Congressman Mike Thompson and Executive Director Chuck McMinn are expected to discuss the progress of the Napa Valley Vine Trail.
The Napa Valley is known around the world for its contributions to the wine industry. It is home to more than 300 wineries and visited by roughly five million people per year.