Napa Valley Vine Trail – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
By: Jessica De Lasaux
On the afternoon of October 21, a group of excited Vine Trail enthusiasts awaited the opening of the first completed section of the new Napa Valley Vine Trail! A yellow ribbon stretched across the northern trailhead in the town of Yountville. The ribbon was a flash of color on an otherwise gray day. Luckily the rain held off for the momentous occasion. With a single slice, the Yountville portion of the Napa Valley Vine Trail opened to the public. People on wheels and on foot made their way along the freshly paved path.
On October 27, another 1.8-mile link — the so-called commuter bike path through the heart of Napa along Napa Valley Wine Train tracks — was ceremoniously opened. The bike path is noteworthy for having its own bridge across the freeway. The span was built as part of the Highway 29/Trancas Street interchange project. Cyclists have the ability to trigger traffic lights at both Jefferson Street and Lincoln Avenue, enabling them to cross major roadways safely.
Napa Councilmember Jim Krider operated a bike shop in Napa 30 years ago when a dedicated bike path would have been considered a “dream.”
“We’re getting to where we wanted to be,” Krider said.
Auberge du Soleil would like to say a huge Thank You to our guests and their generous contributions to the funding of the Napa Valley Vine Trail. Auberge du Soleil continues to match the donations of our guests; together we have raised $14,000 since 2009 and project to reach a total estimated donation of $42,000 by the end of 2011.