Posted by marilynch
You mean you haven’t biked Castroville yet? What are you waiting for!
This Class I path at Castroville is a great place for kids to learn bike skills, as many area parents know.
It’s way fun!
Founded by Juan Bautista Castro in 1863, Castroville is Monterey County’s second oldest town. It is widely known as the Artichoke Capital or the Artichoke Center of the World.
Every year, thousands of people flock to Castroville’s Artichoke Festival, an event that boasts such local history as Marilyn Monroe being Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen in 1948. There’s a parade you may want to bike in (contact me), musical entertainment, ag art competition, field tours, farmers market, arts and crafts, cooking demos, wine tasting, and more. Don’t miss the fun! Mark your calendar: May 18-19,2013.
Year-round, touring cyclists biking on Highway 1 can enjoy a fun refueling stop in Castroville, with its unique small-town flavor. And many cyclists from the Monterey Peninsula make Castroville their destination for a day’s bike outing, since the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail stretches all the way to Castroville.
Who ya gonna ask?
Or contact Saul Soto at Tony’s Bike Shop! Tony’s is at 11398 Haro St, Castroville (behind Union 76); phone 831/272-8409. Se habla español! As of 3/14/13, Tony’s regular hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Bike-there direx tips
Sylvia Barrientos was the first Castroville leader to put her business (Round Table Pizza) in the HER Helmet Thursdays project.
Castroville Station bike rack locations
Making a stop at Castroville Station? Bike racks are located under the stairway, next to the laundromat, and nearby, close to the other stairwell.
Two bike racks next to Hanabi
Hanabi, another HER Helmet Thursdays spot
Spanish and English bicycling info
Castroville is 88.4% Hispanic/Latino, which makes it a great place to find others who can speak Spanish with you. Don’t speak Spanish? Great place to learn!
Download a summary of California bike laws in Spanish and English, and share them with people you meet.
Or share a flier about Spanish-language resources available on this site:
Make some Castroville memories
Castroville is near and dear to my heart, because the first beloved friend I made in Monterey County–back in 1976, when I moved to the Monterey Bay region–lives in the Elkhorn neighborhood.
Another special Castroville memory was attending my Girl Scout leader training sessions at Girl Scouts of the Central Coast (Northern Region).
And the yummy Mexican food in Castroville was a strong lure whenever my family was returning from backpacking in Yosemite. Somehow, nearing Castroville, none of us could wait and eat supper at home. Instead, we just had to make a stop in Castroville!
Lizsandra bikes often in her hometown of Salinas. Her best friend, Alexis, lives in Castroville–which is why Lizsandra was here today, biking in Rancho Moro Cojo Community Park.
And here Lizsandra is visiting with her best friend’s mom, Grace Campos, proprietress of the popular Taco Mia (831/970-9883).
This Castroville cyclist, Max, and his dad were part of the 7/14/12 Rolling Riders fun in Salinas at the Kiddie Kapers parade, a California Rodeo Salinas tradition. Max clearly has it figured out that high-visibility apparel and accessories are the way to go on many bikeways.
Questions about Castroville?
Ask a librarian! Looking up information on the web is so common today that many people have forgotten about an extraordinary information resource, and one of our communities’ best assets: reference librarians at local public libraries! The Castroville library is at 11160 Speegle Street; (831) 769-8724. Spanish speakers, ask for Irene, Yanet, or Cecelia.
For general questions about Castroville, call Denice Amerison (831/633-2465) of the North Monterey County Chamber of Commerce.
Diego Tapia below) is well-versed with Castroville area routes…
He bikes from his home in Watsonville to his workplace, the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
View from the Class I bike path parallel to Highway 1, heading south of Castroville.
Help raise the bike-friendly bar in North County
There are nearly 200 businesses and organizations in the HER Helmet Thursdays project countywide. Besides those Castroville spots mentioned above, there are North County spots in Moss Landing, including Haute Enchilada Cafe & Gallery and Lemon Grass Seafood Bar and Grill.
Have a favorite Castroville or other North County spot not yet in the project? Invite them! No fee to participate.
And business owners and organization directors need not wait for an invitation. Any H-E-R spot (hotel/lodging, educational or entertainment venue, restaurant, or related place) can join by signing up online or by phoning 831.375.6278.
Help bring more businesses and organizations from North County–including Castroville, Moss Landing, and Prunedale–into this long-term ecology-economy sustainability partnership.