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Bilingual Spanish-English bike shop professionals in Monterey County, and other resources en español

Monterey County is fortunate to have many excellent locally owned bike shops. Our county also has many residents whose primary language is Spanish (scroll down for details). These locals–along with many of the estimated 8.4 million visitors to Monterey County annually–appreciate that…

Se habla español. Yes, among local bike shop professionals are some bilingual Spanish-English speakers.

If you are a visitor from a Spanish-speaking country, where can you ask questions about bike repairs, bike rentals, and local bike routes? If you are a bilingual child or teen, but your parents speak only Spanish, where can your parents go to discuss with a professional the sort of bicycle, accessory, maintenance, or repair that you need? In Monterey County, we have choices!

Share the good news! Short link to this page:

http://bit.ly/HablaBici

Below, meet one local Spanish-speaking bike shop owner in a half-minute video, and learn about others too–as well as additional Spanish-language bicycling resources.

Esta niña sabe que las tiendas de ciclismo locales gustosamente inflarán sus llantas. Aunque muchos niños son bilingües, sus padres por lo general aprecian la opción de poder hablar en español con los empleados de las tiendas de ciclismo locales.

This little girl knows local bike shops are happy to put air in your tires.  While many children are bilingual, often their parents appreciate being able to talk with Spanish-speaking staff at local bike shops.

¡Bici! ¡Bici!Above: Shop mechanic and customer at Sports Center Bicycles, Seaside.

¿Habla usted español?

Who are Monterey County’s most fluently bilingual bike shop professionals? Among them are the following (current as of 7 January 2015 / 7 enero 2015).
They are listed in alphabetical order.
  1. Bear Bikes, 1288 N. Main St., Salinas; phone 831/444-8460. Ask for employee Edwin Nolasco (fluent) or the owner, Bryan Williams.Bear Bikes Salinas 8 Dec 2013
  2. Sports Center Bicycles, 1576 Del Monte Blvd, Seaside; phone 831/899-1300. Ask for employee Tony Ortiz (fluent)This woman with a flat and no needed innertube wasn't part of the Bike Week Intergenerational Ride, but that didn't stop Good Samaritan Robert Cepeda of SportsCenterBicycles.net of Seaside from stopping to help her--free of charge!
  3. Valley Bikes, 64 West Alisal Street, Salinas; 831/422-3453.  Usual hours are 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. (As of 12/4/14, no website, but on Facebook.) Ask for mechanic Eliseo G. Pacheco (fluent).
  4. Winning Wheels (no website), 318 Grand Avenue, Pacific Grove; phone 831/375-4322. Ask for owner Hector Chavez (near-fluent).Winning Wheels - front - DSC00163
  5. Just fyi: Tony’s Bike Shop & Skateboards in Castroville closed in the summer of 2015. Tony's Bike Shop Castroville - Saul Soto - 30 May 2015

For more bicycling resources for Spanish speakers (also helpful to the bike, health care, education, law enforcement, and other people who serve them)…

Comb over Bicycling Monterey’s compilation of Spanish-language resources, “Información en español sobre las bicicletas.” Click here, or access it anytime in Bicycling Monterey’s Resources/Los Recursos section.

The Spanish resources compilation includes materials such as the PDFs provided here, along with videos, stories, riding skills and safety tips, and much more en español.

Summary of Leyes de ciclismo de CA – Laws for bicyclists in CA (Spanish, English) – Summary

City of Salinas bike map – (Click linked text to download PDF) EnglishEspañol (pdf, 12.59 MB)

Salinas bike map

Tell others about these resources by downloading and sharing this PDF, a 2-to-a-page flier:  Información en español sobre las bicicletas

bicicletas-bikemontereydotorg

 

It was reported in the Monterey County Herald, 5/12/11 that about 55% of local students  speak Spanish as their primary language at home.

See also data for Monterey County at http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06053.html, which indicates about 43.5% reported speaking a language other than English at home.

Thanks to Kera Abraham, Kevin Smith, and the Monterey County Weekly for the chart below, published in the Weekly on 6/9/11.

Chart below © Monterey County Weekly.

Latino-Hispanic demographics Monterey County - 2005-2009 info

For related input from Monterey County shared in the Alliance for Biking & Walking’s 10/22/14 Mutual Aid call, click here, then scroll to 7:55-16:55 in the recording of that call.

For lots more tips–in English–for tourists and locals biking Monterey County, click here.

Did you know? Monterey County is considered by many as the Language Capital of the World. The trademarked slogan was approved by the U.S. Library of Congress; click here for background.

Other Languages

For a sampling of bike resources in languages other than Spanish, or English, see Bicycling Monterey’s Other Languages web page. There you’ll find some resources in Arabic, Chinese, Creole, French, German, Italian, Somali, Russian, and more.

The top indigenous languages spoken in Monterey County are Triqui, Mixteco, Zapoteco and Chatino–all native to Oaxaca, México. I am not aware of any reliable video presentations of CA bike laws or other bicycling info in these languages. If you are, please contact me. For a related resource, see  Indigenous Interpreting +.

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