The Napa County Bicycle Coalition is formally requesting that the City of Napa and other local municipalities adopt a “Slow Streets” program, which has been successfully implemented in nearly a dozen Bay Area communities with positive results.
The Napa County Bicycle Coalition states that:
“Since the Governor’s emergency declaration on March 4, 2020, and the subsequent Shelter at Home order by the Napa County Public Health Officer, our streets have seen a tremendous reduction in vehicle traffic. At the same time, the number of local residents using streets and trails for outdoor recreation and transportation has skyrocketed.
During the month of April, use along the Napa Valley Vine Trail at the Tulocay Creek Bridge increased by an 88% year-over- year, based on automated bike/ped counter data. Increases in walking, bicycling and trail use has been seen throughout Napa Valley.
Adoption of a Slow Streets program would support safe, accessible recreation and transportation for Napa residents and provide more space for social distancing by closing a series of identified streets to through traffic. Such a program is also intended to encourage continued active transportation use even as Napa County enters deeper levels of re-opening.
By providing safe corridors for outdoor activities by local residents, the Napa County Bicycle Coalition will be supporting community health and wellbeing. The ability to encourage more active transportation for everyday errands may also have measurable benefits to GHG reduction, by keeping vehicles off the roads”
Napa City Council has agreed to hear the Slow Streets proposal at their June 16th Meeting.
If you are interested in supporting the Napa County Bicycle Coalition’s efforts, please go to their web site and sign their petition here.