By Maureen Gaffney
Biking and walking versus driving are “good for the environment.” This is a relatively universal understanding. The transportation sector accounts for 28% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and a global shift away from internal combustion for short commutes, school trips, and errands could make a real impact. But that’s not the kind of “Vine-Trail-and-The-Environment” piece you are reading today. In this story, it is the environment itself that does the work.
In survey after survey, those interviewed say that a safe, separate, inviting walking and cycling environment are key factors in determining their choice to ditch the car. As luck would have it, the Napa Valley VINE TRAIL offers just such a thing. With over 19 miles complete and in place today—and with 12.5 of those miles contiguous between Kennedy Park in Napa and downtown Yountville, the VINE TRAIL can deliver you GHG free by foot or by wheel to and from the following quintessential Napa Valley destinations:
And so the Napa Valley VINE TRAIL is in itself a positive feedback loop. The trail environment provides opportunities for visitors, residents, students to get out of pollution-emitting vehicles, and foregoing internal combustion is good for the environment. Lather, rinse, repeat. And when the eight miles between St. Helena and Calistoga are completed in 2022, ever more options for car-free conveyance will be on offer.
Click here to download a VINE TRAIL map from Kennedy Park to Yountville
Click here to view the VINE TRAIL route study from Yountville to St Helena
Click here to view the VINE TRAIL route study through St Helena