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Bicycling Castroville plus North County HER Helmet Thursdays spots
Short link to this post: http://bit.ly/bikecastroville
Scroll down to “Infrastructure update” to learn about the new bike-ped overcrossing.
For a complete list of the first places in Castroville, Moss Landing, Pajaro and Prunedale that provide discounts on Thursdays to people who bike, scroll to the end of this post.
“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.
Mom can jog, and I can ride.
No cars on this bike path, barely anybody at all.
It’s way fun!
What’s up with Castroville?
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 have flocked 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, musical entertainment, ag art competition, field tours, farmers market, arts and crafts, cooking demos, wine tasting, and more. Don’t miss the fun! However, note that as of 2014, most of the festival will take place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds & Event Center. The parade may still take place in Castroville. Contact Denice Amerison and Artichoke Festival for updates.
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.
Along the way here in North County, you may be welcomed by Kermit the Frog, as these Santa Cruz County touring teens were. Click here to learn more. Monterey County Weekly’s 2015 Editors’ Picks say Kermit’s appearance on Molera Road, Castroville—most every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. is the Best Reason to Bike to Moss Landing and Beyond.
See December 12, 2016 post Castroville Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing!
Bike-there direx tips
Whether you’re biking or doing the bike-and-ride, you may find it helpful to refer to the bike-there tips for a Castroville HER Helmet Thursdays location. Below are the first participants. (Note that Merritt Street is Castroville’s “Main Street”–the street with the “Welcome to the Artichoke Center of the World” sign hanging overhead.)
Deliciosos Tacos Castroville (south end of Merritt Street)
Below, Marisco’s Nayarita on a karaoke night.
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
Bici! Bike! – 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?
Who ya gonna ask?
For general 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.
And see “Castroville Library: A Resource for People Who Bike” to learn about 21 new bike-related items added to the library’s collection in December 2015.
Denice Amerison is another helpful Castroville resource, including about the annual Artichoke Festival and much more. Contact Denice by phone (831/633-2465) or stop by the North Monterey County Chamber of Commerce office.
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.
Girl Scouts of the Central Coast Headquarters
When biking Castroville, one place where I often stop by to say hello and share bicycling event posters, bike law summaries, etc. is the Girl Scouts of the Central Coast headquarters. It’s on Castroville’s “main street,” Merritt Street, and in 2017 it will be transformed into the Phyllis & Andrew D’Arrigo Leadership Center. Read details on the Girl Scouts blog, here.
Whether you’re biking, walking, running, skating, driving, or whatever, please help turn the litter tide countywide.
At Rancho Moro Cojo Community Park during the October 16, 2011 Solar Tour and Sustainability Fair (click here for a bit of history), some of us did a spontaneous park clean-up. Lots of litter, including hundreds of plastic water bottle caps. On July 25, 2015, a clean-up alongside the bike-ped path in Castroville took place. Let’s turn the tide everywhere and make Monterey County a litter-free zone!
Just fyi: Tony’s Bike Shop & Skateboards in Castroville closed in the summer of 2015.
Raise the bike-friendly bar in North County
There are over 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; in Pajaro, at G’s Tacos and Real Colima I; and in Prunedale, at Perfectly Pressed Juice Bar ‘n’ Eatery.
Don’t be confused that sometimes Pajaro (Monterey County) addresses are sometimes listed as being in Watsonville (Santa Cruz County).
Have a favorite Castroville or other North County spot not yet in the project? Invite them! As of the project’s fifth anniversary, there is still 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.
The first North County
HER Helmet Thursdays spots
in Castroville, Moss Landing,
Pajaro, and Prunedale
Artichoke Inn, Castroville
Birrieria & Restaurant Estilo Coalcoman, Castroville
G’s Tacos, Pajaro
Hanabi Japanese, Castroville
Haute Enchilada Cafe & Gallery, Moss Landing
Lemon Grass Seafood Bar and Grill, Moss Landing
Mariscos Nayarita, Castroville
Perfectly Pressed Juice Bar ‘n’ Eatery, Prunedale
Real Colima I, Pajaro
Round Table Pizza, Castroville