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Napa County's Bike Commuter of the Year is an accident survivor

Napa County's Bike Commuter of the Year is an accident survivor

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AMERICAN CANYON — American Canyon resident Paul Schapiro, 56, has been named the Napa County Bike Commuter of the Year by Napa Bike, the county bicycle coalition.

Schapiro, who moved to American Canyon at the beginning of 2012, rides from home to his job in Napa Valley Commons (formerly Napa Valley Corporate Park) every weekday.

A senior accountant for a frozen food manufacturer and distributor, The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley, Schapiro continues to ride, despite suffering a bad wreck last September when someone in a parked car suddenly opened the door as he was riding by. Schapiro was in a full leg cast and on medication for months. When the cast came off, he started physical rehabilitation on a stationary bike.

“I couldn’t get (the pedal) around one rotation,” he said

He persisted and got back on a real bicycle for the first time Jan. 1 and rode to work again the first week in February.

According to the Napa Bike website, Schapiro goes everywhere on his bike, riding all the way to Trader Joe’s in North Napa because he likes to shop there.

Schapiro received the honor at the Napa Bike Fest celebration, April 27, at Oxbow Market in Napa.

Editor's note: This story has been modified from its original form to correct the spelling of Schapiro's last name.

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