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Crash Victim's Memorial Fund to Benefit Napa Valley Vine Trail

The family of Richard Becker, who lost his life in a collision with a car while cycling Upvalley Aug. 18, has asked that donations in his memory be made to help build the 47-mile Napa Valley Vine Trail for non-motorized traffic.

The while riding Upvalley earlier this month was the latest in a series of blows to the North Bay bicycling community.

Earlier this year, by a car while bicycling home from work on the Silverado Trail, while cyclist Ken Prosser was hospitalized with serious injuries after he was in the Soscol Avenue bike lane.

Since mid-May, the death toll for cyclists has reached five in Sonoma County, where an elderly motorist is accused of seriously injuring a bicyclist after pursuing him onto a golf course and ramming him with his car earlier this month. (See on Sonoma Patch.)

In Napa County, Becker's family have asked that donations in his memory be made toward the construction of the Napa Valley Vine Trail, "to honor his life of community involvement and outdoor adventure," according to an announcement on the Vine Trail website.

The Napa Valley Vine Trail is a projected 47-mile bike and pedestrian trail from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal to Calistoga.

To learn more about the nonprofit project and make a donation to the Richard Becker Memorial Fund, visit http://vinetrail.org/2010/11/welcome/

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