Looking for these?
- en español y en inglés:Leyes de ciclismo de CA – Laws for bicyclists in CA (Spanish, English) – Summary
- Looking for some bicycling info in other languages (and a bit more in Spanish), or bicycle parts illustrations? Click here.
Información en español sobre las bicicletas
Compiled by Mari Lynch
Please see copyright notes in Section 7. An update was last made to this resource compilation on 7 enero/7 January 2015. This compilation was created in 2010; contact Mari or resources cited for additional updates.
A continuación aparecen muchos otros recursos útiles de otras fuentes. Below are many helpful resources from others.
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. Vea una lista de estas tiendas en la Sección 1 a continuación.
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. See a list of those in Section 1 below.
Above: Sports Center Bicycles, Seaside. At Sports Center, ask for Tony Ortiz.
Below: Owner Saul Soto of Tony’s Bike Shop, Castroville is one of Monterey County’s most fluently Spanish-English bilingual bike shop professionals. Hear him in the video below, chatting with a customer. Preguntas? Call Saul at 831.272.8409.
Why a Spanish resources section?
Bicycling Monterey is very grateful for the work of bike advocates and others who have made this resource compilation possible.
Why? In Monterey County, many people speak Spanish as their primary language at home. For these families, their school-aged children and teens more often have bilingual skills than the adults do, just as is common in local families who primarily speak English.
One goal of this section is to make it easier for children and teens to discuss bike skills, safety, and other bicycling-related topics with parents, grandparents, and others who are fluent only in Spanish. Another goal is to make make it easier for bike advocates, professionals in education, health care, law enforcement, and other fields to support more people in biking.
It was reported 5/12/11 in the Monterey County Herald that about 55% of 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.
For input from Monterey County on 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.
Chart below © Monterey County Weekly.
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. The top indigenous languages spoken in Monterey County are Triqui, Mixteco, Zapoteco and Chatino–all native to Oaxaca, México; see a related resource, Indigenous Interpreting +. (If you know of reliable translations of CA bike laws or other bicycling info in these indigenous languages, please contact me.)
Okay, on with the Spanish resources…
This webpage includes:
- Sección 1: Monterey County and Monterey Bay region resources.
- Sección 2: Las legas en California y consejos de seguridad/The laws in California and safety tips. Por ejemplo/For example: en bicicleta de noche,se requiere el siguiente equipo/equipment required on bicycles ridden at night; las aceras/sidewalks; en California, toda persona de menos de 18 años de edad que ande en bicicleta debe usar un casco; in California, bicycle riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet; y mas/and more.
- Sección 3: More resources for Monterey County and beyond. These resources come from other California counties, from other states in the U.S., and from Mexico and Canada. They include additional safety and other tips, maps, Safe Routes to School info, and other resources useful to Spanish-speaking people here and elsewhere.
- Sección 4: Mostly out-of-print 4-H resources.
- Sección 5: Acknowledgements.
- Sección 6: Closing notes.
- Sección 7: Copyright reminder.
Primero, a few notes:
- This webpage, “en español,” was first created for use by Spanish-speaking bicyclists in Monterey County. Spread the word by downloading and sharing the above 2-to-a-page flier: Spanish half-page flier (Información en español sobre las bicicletas)
- This webpage was expanded to also serve as a resource for others who care about the safety and enjoyment of Spanish-speaking bicyclists in Monterey County and elsewhere.
- School teachers and administrators, police officers, health care providers, bike advocates doing outreach to Latinos/Hispanics, and others will likely appreciate your bringing these resources to their attention. Sharing resources helps us all accomplish more, even moreso in these times of severe budget cuts.
- Importante: Por favor, see “Copyright: Tenga en cuenta” at the bottom of this webpage.
About the links on this page:
- Some of the links on this page go directly to a page of Spanish text on a different website. Others require downloading a PDF. If your computer is not set up to download a PDF, you may download a free copy of Adobe Reader on the Adobe site. Or contact me regarding the information you need.
- There are also a few video links on this page, which will require Flash or Windows Media Player, etc.
- Lo siento, any links on this page that go to other pages on the Bicycling Monterey website will lead to pages en inglés. If you might like to help translate some of those pages, please contact me.
Above: Seaside PAL Bike Fair included lots of live entertainment.
(Gracias, mi amigo Jess Martinez.)
Monterey County/Monterey Bay
- City of Salinas – Bicycle Facilities Map – English | Español (pdf, 12.59 MB)
- California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) – English and Spanish PDF embedded here to avoid misdirected link: CSUMB Bike Map 27 July 2011/August 2011 – CMYK (Any updated versions will likely be linked on this CSUMB page.)
- En inglés: Monterey County Bike Map – Monterey County
- En inglés: Fort Ord Public Lands trail map – Go to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website’s Hollister Field Office section. Once there, see “Maps,” then look at the Central Coast section. There you’ll find four different versions of the Ford Ord Public Lands trails map: 8.5 x 11 and 11 x 17, both with color and black-and-white options.
Mas mapas for California, many en español, are provided later on this web page.
¿Habla usted español?
Bicycle shops in Monterey County with Spanish-speaking staff
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).
- Tony’s Bike Shop, NEW LOCATION January 2015: 10917 Merritt Street (in Cabrillo Plaza, behind the Trolley Car), Castroville; 831/272-8409. (As of 1/6/15, no website, but on Facebook.) Ask for the owner, Saul Soto (fluent); he’s there most hours. Regular shop hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; call ahead regarding any changes.
- Sports Center Bicycles, 1576 Del Monte Blvd, Seaside; phone 831/899-1300. Ask for employee Tony Ortiz (fluent).
- Bear Bikes, 1288 N. Main St., Salinas; phone 831/444-8460. Ask for employee Edwin Nolasco (fluent) or the owner, Bryan Williams.
- Winning Wheels (no website), 318 Grand Ave, Pacific Grove; phone 831/375-4322. Ask for owner Hector Chavez (near-fluent).
Please contact me if you are aware of any changes not reflected in the above list, which was current as of January 6, 2015 / 6 enero 2015.
Of course, even though at this time they are without staff who have significant Spanish skills, there other great bicycle shops in Monterey County too! Click here for a list of locally owned bike shops.
There are also people in Monterey County helping youth develop bike repair skills, including at the Monterey County Youth Center and at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus.
Read, in Spanish, about the leadership of Salinas resident Luciano Rodriguez in this regard; click here for “Excelencia en el ámbito del ciclismo de Salinas,”
¿Habla usted español?
Public libraries in Monterey County with Spanish-speaking staff
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!
If you cannot find the local bike information you need, send an email to one of these libraries (links provided below). Or, phone or make an in-person visit and see if one of the reference or other librarians listed below is available. Time permitting, the librarians are happy to give you research help (gratis), by searching this website or other resources for the information you need.
- City of Monterey Public Library (click here for home page en español). Para más información, hable con el personal de Servicios de Referencia (via email) al 831.646.3933 y ask for Ben.
- For the Monterey County Free Libraries system, Seaside branch is the main reference desk. You may send a question via email through the Monterey County Free Libraries website. Or, contact librarians at these branches:
- Carmel Valley – Phone (831-659-2377) or go in person (65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley), and ask for Jennifer.
- Castroville – (831) 769-8724. 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville. Ask for Irene, Yanet, or Cecelia.
- Gonzales – (831) 675-2209. 851 Fifth Street, Gonzales. Ask for Thomas.
- Greenfield – (831) 674-2614. 315 El Camino Real, Greenfield. Ask for Evelyn or Jessica.
- Marina – (831) 883-7507. 190 Seaside Circle, Marina. Simply ask for the Spanish-speaking staff member.
- This new section about librarians was added to this web page 24 Sept 2011 and is not yet complete. Contacts for more branches may be added. Libraries with Spanish-speaking staff not yet on this list are encouraged to contact me.
Of course, with all libraries, a change in staffing may mean a Spanish speaker named above may no longer be available. Please let me know if ever you are aware of any such staff changes not yet posted to this webpage.
El Sol - The Californian’s Spanish edition
The Californian is the newspaper of the Monterey County seat, Salinas. Most of its non-opinion pieces are translated and published in El Sol. Here’s an example:
Who bikes Greenfield? Estevan Rojas does, nearly every day. “Bicycling changed my life around, ” this U.S. Marine Corps veteran says. Read Valentin Mendoza’s “Recorrido ciclista para veteranos,” in the Salinas Californian’s El Sol. (For English, see Dave Nordstrand’s story in the Californian, http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/life/2014/10/03/bicycle-therapy-used-help-veterans/16609769/.)
Bike-and-ride option: The MST Bus, shown here at the Downtown Monterey Transit Center
¿Habla usted español?
MST/ “The Bus” in Monterey County has Spanish-speaking staff
- en MST habalamos español
- Horarios (8 am-5 pm, Lunes-Viernes)
- 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871)
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact MST for any updates to the information provided here.
Directly below, you may download a PDF no longer on the MST website; then refer to page 18 for bike-loading instructions/instrucciones para cargar bicicletas:
Bikes ride gratis with a paying passenger.
Important: When you reach your destination, leave by the front door. Ask the driver to wait while you unload your bicycle. (Google translation: Al salir del autobús, avise al operador de que se le quitar su bicicleta. Salir por la puerta principal.)
Detailed info en inglés on taking your bike aboard an MST bus is provide in Bicycling Monterey’s bike-and-ride section. The Bicycling Monterey’s bike-and-ride detailed tips en inglés have been approved by MST staff. Here’s a summarized version of two tips:
- If bike racks are full but the bus is not too full, most drivers will allow you to take your bike inside the bus–just keep a firm hold on your bicycle and keep it out of the aisle.
- There are bike racks on all MST buses except the ADA/disability buses and some trolleys. All CSUMB trolleys have bike racks, and other trolleys occasionally do too.
MST’s consejos de tránsito / transit tips include “bicicletas en los autobuses” y “instrucciones de bicicleta de carga.” However, the MST site is computer-translated by Google Translate, so may not be entirely clear/accurate. Nontheless, it is pasted in below, for your ease of referral.
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© Monterey-Salinas Transit http://mst.org/riders-guide/how-to-ride/transit-tips/ (retrieved 22 Oct 2014)
Bicicletas en los Autobuses
Bicicletas viajan gratis con el pago de los pasajeros en todos los autobuses de MST. Dos bicicletas caben en la rejilla delantera y dos en el área de aseguramiento de sillas de ruedas, a discreción del operador del entrenador. IMPORTANTE:. Asegúrese de preguntar al operador técnico que esperar para que usted pueda descargar la bicicleta cuando salga el autobús
. Monterey-Salinas Transit no será responsable por cualquier daño a la propiedad o lesiones corporales causadas por la carga y descarga de las bicicletas
Tenga en cuenta que algunos vehículos MST Trolley no están equipados para dar cabida a las bicicletas.
- Bicicletas de más de 80 centímetros (6,5 pies) y superior a 54 centímetros (4,5 pies) no serán permitidos en el portabicicletas.
- El peso total colocado en el estante de la bici no excederá de 250 libras.
- Las bicicletas con motores eléctricos, se admitirán siempre y cuando la batería externa se monta de forma segura, sellado, y del tipo a prueba de derrames. Se prohíben bicicletas con baterías no selladas de células húmeda (como la mayoría de las baterías de coche o moto).
- Se prohíben las bicicletas motorizadas con motores a gas de cualquier tipo.
Bike Instrucciones de Carga
Usted es responsable de cargar y descargar su bicicleta correctamente. Retire los portabebés, maletas y otros artículos de equipaje antes de que llegue autobús. Cargue siempre del lado de la acera del autobús.
- Alertar al operador que tiene la intención de cargar su bicicleta, luego baje el cesto tirando del asa.
- Levante su bicicleta en el rack.
- Levante el brazo de soporte hacia arriba y sobre el neumático delantero.
- Siéntese cerca de la parte delantera del autobús y mantener un ojo en su bicicleta.
- Al bajar del autobús, por favor avise al operador de que usted va a sacar su bicicleta. Salir por la puerta delantera.
- Eleve el bastidor a la posición vertical.
Para más consejos en bicicleta, visitar www.bicyclingmonterey.com
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Above: National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, is near the Salinas Transit Center.
Additional tips for Monterey Bay tri-county region
(Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)
Ciclovía Salinas - el Sábado 1º de noviembre 2014
- en español y en inglés – Poster PDF: Ciclovia Salinas – 1 Nov 2014 [You may also grab a jpg image of the poster below]
- en español – Californian re el Sábado 1º de noviembre 2014: Ciclovía Salinas: ¡Donde las calles son suyas!
Click here to learn more about Ciclovía Salinas.
[Archived re 2013: Premian el evento Ciclovía de Salinas]
Sea Otter Classic
Nota de prensa: Sea Otter Classic fechas del evento de 2014. – El anual Sea Otter Classic vuelve al Laguna Seca Recreation Area de California del 10 al 13 abril 2014
Ciclocross, carreras de bicicleta de carretera, carreras de mountain bike, gran fondo, sin bicicleta, y festival, 10-13 abril 2014 el Sea Otter Classic!
A video is available about neighboring Santa Cruz County’s bike map. Although the video is en inglés, it may still be helpful to Spanish speakers. To access that video, and links for all California bike maps, go to the Maps section of the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide.
San Benito County – Safe Routes to School leadership
“El condado de San Benito Rideshare está trabajando siempre para mejorar el acceso y la seguridad para los ciclistas y los peatones en nuestra comunidad. Usted podría enviar un mensaje por correo electrónico a Verónica Lezama, Coordinadora de Rideshare o llamarnos al (831) 637-POOL.”
Santa Cruz County – Regional Transportation Commission (RTC)
en español – Watch a 12/9/11 video about the roles and functions of the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission.
Annual tri-county Monterey Bay region events
Bike Week/Bike Month/Bike to Work Day and more
When it gets updated, you can sometimes access all three of the tri-county Monterey Bay region’s bike celebrations at: http://www.bike2work.com (In spite of the name, this website connects you with much more than just Bike to Work info. There’s Bike to School, Bike to Worship, and many other bike resources for each county.)
Condado de Monterey Mes de las bicicletas Mayo de 2014 – para español: Monterey County Bike Month 2014 [desplácese hacia abajo:]
- en inglés – Monterey County – http://www.tamcmonterey.org/bikeweek/
- en español – San Benito County – http://www.sanbenitocog.org/bicicleta/index.html
- en inglés – Santa Cruz County – http://bike2work.com/s_cruz/index.html
Condado de Monterey Mes de las bicicletas Mayo de 2014 – para español, desplácese hacia abajo:
Monterey County Bike Month 2014 poster © Transportation Agency for Monterey County
Semana de la bicicletas 2012 – Click link below to download PDF:
Poster below was from the May 2011 Monterey County Bike Week.
Inspiración: Do you commute to work by bike? Be inspired by other cyclists!
Dave Sotero: En bicicleta el viaje a la oficina es más barato, saludable y sin contaminar
Las legas en California y
consejos de seguridad
The laws in California and safety tips
The Monterey County Sheriff, Scott Miller, is fluently bilingual (Spanish-English). Click here for some background. Sheriff Miller and his wife, Jane Miller, enjoy riding bikes together, as do so many couples in Monterey County–like the one below.
Monterey County is also fortunate to have the police department in its county seat and largest city, Salinas, to be the first PD on the West Coast 100% trained in police legitimacy and procedural justice. Click here to learn more, as well as to read about the bike-friendliness of Salinas PD and many other Monterey County cops. Some local cops are bilingual Spanish-English– e.g., Salinas police officers Richard Lopez and Raul Rosales, who serve the Hebbron Heights neighborhood of East Salinas.
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Hey, a bicycle isn’t a motor vehicle! True. Still, bicycle laws are among California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) regulations, so it’s important to know these laws.
The DMV website includes Reglas y seguridad para ciclistas /Bicycle Rules and Safety page. It has links to Vehicle Code sections for bicycles–as well as the bicycles section of the DMV Driver Handbook–and a variety of related information. Unfortunately, as of 10/18/11, the main DMV page is available in Spanish, but some pages it links to–such as the Equipment Requirements web page–are only available in English/“Disponible sólo en inglés.”
Leyes de ciclismo de California – Gracias, Orange County Transportation Authority
Special thanks to Jon LeMaster of Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA.net) for granting Bicycling Monterey permission to use OCTA’s Spanish translation of a portion of the California Vehicle Code. This translation was used in creating our summary of California bike laws, much needed in Monterey County.
The PDF above includes: en bicicleta de noche se requiere el siguiente equipo / equipment required on bicycles ridden at night. Those essential details about lights and reflectors/night riding requirements and more were found under the heading “Leyes de ciclismo de California“/”California Vehicle Code” in the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA.net) brochure “Explora Orange County“: English / Spanish. Some other info in that brochure may also be of interest to people outside Orange County too. Muchas gracias, OCTA!
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) brochure provided below does include basic info about equipment requirements, although not the specific details found above.
Regarding bicycle headlamps, they need not be expensive. Rigging a bright flashlight, such as an inexpensive mini mag light, to your handlebars can be easy to do. Photos and tips are provided here (lo siento, en inglés).
From the California Highway Patrol (CHP)
- Andando en Bicicleta: Causas comunes de accidentest en bicicletas, prevencion de robo, las leges, registacion de bicicleta, equipo requerido, consejos
- Bicycle Riding: Common causes of bicycle accidents, theft precautions, the laws, bicycle registration, equipment requirements, safety tips
Brochure images © California Highway Patrol.
Spanish and English versions of the Bicycle Riding pamphlet may be available from your local CHP; however, they are often older editions. To get the most current information, refer to the CHP website’s Community Outreach section, which provides the most current printable PDFs.
Brochure images © California Highway Patrol.
En California, toda persona de menos de 18 años de edad que ande en bicicleta debe usar un casco.
In California, bicycle riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.
Below, Tina Rosa of the Seaside Police Department’s PAL program. Tina coordinated the May 2011 Seaside PAL Bike Fair and helmet giveaway.
Fitting a Bicycle Helmet Right
Also see DOT, NHTSA, and Tucson-Puma sections below.
Whoops! Helmet isn’t covering the forehead. See “fit” tips above.
The intention for this webpage is to share many different types of Spanish-language bicycle resources. Helmets are included, although they are not the sole focus here. However, the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute–bhsi.org in Arlington, Virginia–the helmet advocacy program of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association–does focus on helmets. Their site includes resources not found on this webpage, such as Spanish flash cards for teaching children bike safety.
Below – Seaside PAL Bike Fair, May 2011
Below: Frank Henderson, safety instructor, coaching a beauty queen at the Seaside PAL Bike Fair, May 2011
More Safety Info
Lo siento, the Bicycling Monterey website’s Personal Safety section is only available in English. However, the Spanish-language safety resources referred to in that section are also provided throughout this web page.
What about riding on the sidewalk? Sometimes that is illegal, and it is usually not safe either. That is discussed in the Bicycling Monterey’s Riding Skills, Personal Safety, and California Bike Laws section. Until that is translated, note: Algunas ciudades y condados prohiben andar en bicicleta sobre banquinas o aceras. (Some cities and counties prohibit riding bicycles on sidewalks.) Others prohibit persons over a certain age riding on the sidewalk.
For the City of Salinas (with tips for elsewhere too), see http://marilynch.com/blog/bicycling-on-sidewalks-misconceptions-and-advisories.html – The Californian article linked there may be translated and available in El Sol.
A helpful resource is:
From the Active Living Resource Center
English Version – Bicycle Safety – What Every Parent Should Know
Spanish Version – Seguridad en Bicicleta–Lo que todo padre debe saber (en español)
From Ecology Action of Santa Cruz:
- compartiendo las calles de manera segura con camiones y autobuses
- INFORMACIÓN SOBRE LA SEGURIDAD DE LOS CICLISTAS
PARA LOS CONDUCTORES DE VEHÍCULOS COMERCIALES
From the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and Volusia Transportation Planning Organization (FL):
Watch this 18-minute video, Walk and Ride: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
- en español http://www.walkinginfo.org/videos/pubdetail.cfm?picid=81
- en inglés http://www.volusiatpo.org/bicycle-pedestrian-program/safety-video/
Via Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC)
Watch this video en español y en inglés: Transportandose en Bicicleta/Getting There by Bike, a Bicycle Safety video produced by Jeanne LePage, formerly of UC Santa Cruz, now of Ecology Action, Santa Cruz. You may also be able to obtain from Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) a copy on DVD. Contact SCCRTC to inquire about present availability.
Funding for Jeanne’s video was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. See more NHTSA resources below.
Graphic below © National Highway Traffic Safety Commission.
From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety among Hispanics: A Marketing Toolkit
- For English as Second Language (ESL) Teachers and Learners
- Bicycle Safety Activity Kit (Paquete de actividades de seguridad en bicicletas)
- Fitting a Bicycle Helmet (Ajuste del casco de bicicleta) video
- Kids and Bicycle Safety (Los niños y su seguridad al montar en bicicleta)
- Bikeability Checklist (Lista de revisión para ciclistas)
From the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – Federal Highway Administration
Materials for Hispanic Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Cal Trans – General Info – Proporcionando Transporte de Calidad a la Costa Central de California
en el área de la peninsula de Monterey: (831) 372-0862
Para información en español, lláme a Susana Zavala, portavoz de relaciones públicas al: (805) 549-3138, o escríbale a: email@example.com.
Departamento de Transporte de California, Distrito 5
50 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-5415
Para información en inglés, lláme a
Penny Gray, Bicycle Program Manager
Departamento de Transporte de California
Office of Special and Discretionary Programs Division of Local Assistance Penny Gray 916- 653-2750 e-mail: Penny_Gray@dot.ca.gov
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A continuación aparecen muchos otros recursos útiles de otras fuentes.
Below are more helpful resources from others…
Below, cyclist on Fremont Avenue in Seaside
More resources for
Monterey County and Beyond
In Seaside, a Kids Bike Safety event, including a ride around the lake, is planned for ages K-5 on 17 May 2013. Download posters and spread the word!
5-17-13 Bike Seaside – English – 5-17-13 Bici Seaside – espanol
- Spanish http://cyclofemme.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CF_Pledge_espanol.pdf
- English http://cyclofemme.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/CF_Pledge.pdf
Below, a resident of East Salinas.
Be inspired by the work of other communities:
The three posters directly below © Watsonville Bike Shack Cooperative.
- “The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity (click here for announcement)” is a May 2013 report from the Sierra Club and the League of American Bicyclists/Bike League that has relevance for Monterey County and our tri-county Monterey Bay region. “The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity” (click here for the report) indicates consistent disparities and inequities in the manner in which people of color, women, and youth — including groups that are bicycling at higher rates and have more to gain in terms of bike benefits — are engaged in bicycling-related matters. (Oct 2014 update: New report from Bike League – see “Bike Equity Today” post, then download the report, a 66-page PDF.)
- Monterey and San Benito Counties have the highest percentage of undocumented immigrants in California, as reported in an August 3, 2011 San Jose Mercury story by Claudia Melendez Salinas. “Researchers at the Public Policy Institute of California determined that about 62,000 undocumented immigrants live in Monterey and San Benito counties — 13.5 percent of the population.” (In an October 27, 2011 story, Melendez Salinas reported that Monterey County is the U.S. county with the highest percentage of immigrants who have committed no crime but are detained and deported.) That 8/3/11 Merc story also reported that “Los Angeles County has the largest number of undocumented immigrants with more than 900,000, or 9.3 percent of the population.” The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) realized in 2008 that Spanish-language bike resources are greatly needed, and even moreso those that are culturally relevant. This is a need now being met by LACBC’s City of Lights - Ciudad De Luces. (Some of their resources are linked under “Los Angeles” on this webpage.)
- The need was also recognized in other communities (see resources on this webpage), including Amarillo, Texas–see Bringing Bicycle Education to Spanish-Speaking Communities and Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety among Hispanics.
- A free Mutual Aid Conference Call about outreach to Spanish-speaking communities was sponsored by the Alliance for Biking and Walking/People-Powered Movement on 9/14/11. This Mutual Aid call featured representatives of the Toronto Cyclists Union, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. I participated in this call, as I have in other bike-advocacy webinars, and you can too. Contact the various bike advocacy organizations to see what they are offering, and if you can, give them your support to help them continue their work. These are the groups that create the resources linked on this page! (To support the Bicycling Monterey work, click here.)
- Our Monterey Bay region neighbors in Watsonville (Santa Cruz County) have created a Bike Shack serving the community. While not specifically a Spanish-language program, many supporters and participants are Spanish-speaking. Check it out.
- Our Monterey Bay region neighbors in San Benito County have terrific Safe Routes to Schools maps available, en español y en inglés. More on Safe Routes below.
- For Monterey County users: Seeing the Spanish-language bike resources from other places can also inspire new resources to be created for Spanish speakers here. For example, it can support progress toward a local Rutas Más Seguras a la Escuela/Safe Routes to School program.
- February 2014 update: See “Kids Biking to School” regarding a 21-month grant that will support SRTS efforts at five Monterey County elementary schools–4 in Seaside, 1 in Marina.
en Español – Rutas Más Seguras a la Escuela
Safe Routes to School (Bicycling and Walking)
Image below © National Safe Routes to School.
Monterey County’s Health Department would like to see more Safe Routes to School. For inspiration, refer to Oberstar Urges Bicycle Leaders to Seek Support for Safe Routes to School, and check out:
- San Benito County (our neighbor in the Monterey Bay tri-county region), which has Safe Routes to School maps, en español y en inglés. Questions? Verónica Lezama, (831) 637-POOL.
- California Contacts and Success Stories, including Chula Vista, Marin, and Riverside,
- Sonoma County Safe Routes to School website, which has many Spanish documents available for download, including the Encouragement Resources.
- Portland, Oregon’s Safe Routes to School info in Spanish.
- Atlanta Bicycle Campaign, Georgia -in Spanish:Información Para Los Choferes y Monitores de Los Buses Caminantes – Guidelines for Walking School Bus.
- Click here for National Safe Routes to School Spanish resources, and you’ll find:
- Talking Points – Centro Nacional de Rutas Escolares Seguras – Temas de discusión
- Parent survey, available in English and Spanish; asks for info including what factors affect whether parents allow their children to bike or walk to school
- A Spanish brochure mentioned on the national site was not available as of 5/22/11.
- Fire Up Your Feet is a core program of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Fire Up Your Feet.org ofrecerá una amplia variedad de recursos apropiados para cada edad, y materiales educativos para fomentar la actividad física con la familia y en la escuela…[click para mas informacion].
Below: Jesse Martines was helping the Green Pedal Couriers team, which offered free bike repair at the Seaside PAL Bike Fair, May 2011.
San Diego es Mueve Pedaleando – San Diego is Pedal Powered
Benefits of biking are outlined in a fun way in this video from the San Diego Association of Governments, available in 30-second and 90-second lengths. The song in the background is in English only, but the printed text is displayed in Spanish in these en español versions.
en español 90 sec: San Diego es Mueve Pedaleando
en español 30 sec: San Diego es Mueve Pedaleando
Their Youth Bike/Pedal Power classes include a Spanish-language application form:
Pedal Power: (Junior high & High school students):18 hours of instruction
“Participants learn bike mechanics, confident commuter skills, and go on rides around Santa Barbara. All participants can earn a refurbished bike at the completion of 6 weeks. No experience required.”
English registration forms available here.
Spanish registration forms available here.
Santa Barbara County bike maps:
Map of Safer Streets for Biking (PDF 7.1MB) – “This map has detailed safer, recommended streets for biking in Central, South-Central, East, and parts of West LA. This is the English version of the following map.”
Mapa de las Calles Más Seguras Para Viajar (PDF 5.5MB) – “Esta es una mapa que describe las calles más seguras para viajar en el Centro, el Sur Centro, el Este y partes de Oeste de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles.”
Guía de Recursos de Bicicleta en Español created byCiudad De Luces/City of Lights: Empowering Latino Cyclists Through Community Building, Advocacy, and Education. Ciudad de Luces was established in 2009 by the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. Ciudad de Luces also has La Bici Digna Bike Repair Space (roughly translated as “A Bike Worth Living For”). Check out their site to learn more! Below is a video of some of their bike safety outreach; visit their website for details.
Another Los Angeles leader: Multicultural Communities for Mobility, a project of Community Partners. “MCM conducts culturally competent, multilingual safety and advocacy workshops, programs, and campaigns, in coalition with low-income focused groups in the City of Los Angeles.” See their Spanish resources page: http://www.multicultimobility.org/resources/
Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA.net) is modest–they’ve done a great service to California’s Spanish-speaking cyclists by providing in their brochure some specifics, en español, about the CA Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) equipment requirements! Find those much-needed details under the heading “Leyes de ciclismo de California“/”California Vehicle Code” in their “Explora Orange County” brochure: English / Spanish
You can download the full PDF of the Bikeways map below, or you can request a copy of this map by contacting Commuter Connection at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714)560-5588.
San Francisco Guía para Ciclistas/Bicycle Guide
“An illustrated 52-page guide with tips on how to ride your bicycle safely on the City’s streets using diagrams and graphics to help the urban cyclist learn about essential skills – being seen by motorists, communicating with motorists, and riding predictably and confidently as part of traffic flow.”
South San Francisco Walking and Biking Map
El ColectíVelo http://www.colectivelo.org/ Un taller comunitario y bilingüe de bicis. – Spanish bilingual community bike shop.
Brochure image © El ColectíVelo
City of San Jose Street Smarts
Bicycle Safety Tips Flyer (PDF / 24 KB)
“A good resource for any amateur or experienced bicyclist, as well as being beneficial for the entire family. Some of these tips may surprise you!” This is a handy single sheet (print two-sided) of tips.
DOWNLOAD: ENGLISH | SPANISH
These three items were shared by Paul Zykofsky, Associate Director of the Local Government Commission in Sacramento – www.lgc.org. These documents are not primarily focused on bicycling. However, they are included as a resource for Spanish-speaking activists working toward more livable communities, with safer conditions for walking and bicycling.
From other states of the U.S.
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance of Portland has Educational Resources, including a brochure: “Seguro en Bicicleta” (pictured above). “This ‘Safe Biking: Quick Tips‘ color-printed brochure illustrates the basics of on-street riding. Appropriate for ages 10 to adult.” Purchase copies.
Safe Kids Wisconsin fact sheets (PDF)
From the state of New York (be aware some guidelines may differ for California), a Bike Smart brochure:
From the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee:
Two videos in Spanish: (1) Ponte listo, ponte el casco, protege a los tuyos; y (2) Conduce con tus 5 sentidos.
Booklet: Share the Road Comparta el Camino: Guia para ciclistas y motoristas.
Safe Cyclist Teacher Master Pages from Bike Texas – a range of great resources in Spanish and English, from “How to fix a flat” – “Cómo Arreglar una Ponchadurato” to “Helmet sizing and adjustment” – “Midiendo y Ajustando el Casco.”
Walk-and-Roll San Antonio Resources
From Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Short Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for drivers and bicyclists in the Atlanta region were created in Spanish and English. Visit their website (AtlantaBike.org) to listen; here’s the full list [ http://www.atlantabike.org/psas ].
Arlington, Virginia’s Commuter Page includes Be a PAL–Predictable, Alert, Lawful. A street scene with tips for people who bike, walk, or drive, sharing streets includes a Spanish version, Consejos sobre seguridad y cortesia.Visit their website to learn more.
Bike Arlington has a helpful one-page poster. The document offers color or black-and-white printing options; pages 1-2 are in English and pages 3-4 in Spanish – Sobre dos ruedas o a pie: Cómo compartir el camino/ Two Wheels or Two Feet: Sharing the Way. Visit the Bike Arlington website to explore other resources, and click here for their related webpage .
Thanks to Paul Zykofsky, Associate Director of the Local Government Commission in Sacramento, for recommending this 194-page manual. Since some translated materials are not well done, it is especially appreciated to have this manual: Manual Del Ciclista Urbano de la Ciudad de Mexico – http://www.sma.df.gob.mx/sma/links/download/biblioteca/flippingbooks/manual_ciclista_urbano/
Additional resources from Mexico:
While bicycling laws and practices in Mexico will often differ from California and other parts of the U.S., the following links are being included for the particular benefit of many Monterey County residents, such as migrant farm workers, who return to Mexico frequently.
Bicitekas. Founded in 1998, this Mexico City-based group promotes biking as a healthy and environmentally friendly transportation choice. Bicitekas also works to earn the respect of motor vehicle drivers and to improve infrastructure.
Bicitekas also helped found a national organization linking biking advocacy groups across Mexico, BiciRed.
You’ll find many videos among the resources on the website of Pueblo Bicicletero. It is “a colectivo ciudadano que promueve el uso de la bici como medio de transporte para tener una movilidad urbana sostenible en el Área Metropolitana de Monterrey.” (Remember this refers to Monterrey, Mexico, not Monterey, California!)
Gracias, SecretaríaCulturaBtá –
Hoy es el día mundial del medio ambiente. Usar la bici hace parte de transformar nuestro entorno.
Graphic © Pueblo Bicicletero
Toronto Cyclists Union (bikeunion.to) makes their El Manual del Ciclisto Toronto/Toronto Cyclists Handbook available in Spanish, English, and 15 other languages. All can be accessed from this webpage: http://bikeunion.to/handbook/spanish
5 enero 2012 update: 4-H bicycle project books are “designed for youth bicycle enthusiasts and volunteers starting a bicycle club as well as for improving an existing bike program.” For English, visit this page of 4HMall.org. As a former 4-Her myself, I had hoped to find available updates of the Spanish versions of the 4-H bike project books.
What to know, as of 5 January 2012:
There is not currently a Spanish version of the bicycle curriculum at the national level. The need will definitely be considered when bicycle curriculum is revised in the future. If you would like to use Spanish-language 4-H bicycling curriculum materials, and hope these will be updated, you may contact Tara Wheeler to express your interest:
Tara D. M. Wheeler, MPA
Project Director, Curriculum
National 4-H Council
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
The five 4-H Spanish bike project publications listed below are mostly out-of-print and have not been recently updated. The Oregon Outreach website listed them as follows and also referenced classes and resources from Oakland, but the Oakland number listed was disconnected.
Typing “bicicleta” in the search window of this site: http://anrcs.ucdavis.edu/Publications/ – will turn up a PDF and an Excel sheet referencing some material. Again, these are not being currently recommended. The list is archived here simply for future reference.
- Tu Bicicleta y Tú, Unidad 1
- Your Bicycle and You, Unit 1
- Discusses types of bicycles, parts of a bicycle, adjusting to your size, and riding safely. $1
- El Mantenimiento de tu Bicicleta, Unidad 2
- Maintaining Your Bicycle, Unit 2
- Discusses adjusting and repairing your bicycle. $1
- Amplia tus Conocimientos de Ciclismo, Unidad 3
- Enlarging Your Cycling World, Unit 3
- Describes how you can personalize your bicycle with accessories. Discusses planning trips. $1
- Comparte tus Conocimientos Sobre Bicicletas
- Share Your Knowledge About Bicycles
- Two page handout on sharing knowledge about the 4-H bicycle program with others. 50¢
- Guía Para Líderes (de Bicicleta)
- 4-H Bicycle Guide for Leaders
- Outlines responsibilities and curriculum for leaders. $3
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My gratitude to the many individuals, organizations, and government agencies for their dedication, time, and skills in making these Spanish language bicycling materials available.
Special thanks to:
- Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA.net) for “Leyes de ciclismo de California“/”California Vehicle Code” translation about required equipment, such as lights and reflectors.
- San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (sfmta.com/bikes) for the San Francisco Bicycle Guide. The translation about aceras/sidewalk riding is especially helpful to cyclists in parts of Monterey County, and the entire SF guide has a lot of information applicable to our county and other counties.
- The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute – bhsi.org (helmet advocacy program of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association/WABA.org) in Arlington, Virginia for their research that has contributed some of these items on this webpage.
Siento no tener más información en español en Bicycling Monterey website. Hablo muy poquito español ¡y no muy bueno!
- Unlike my kids, my own Spanish language skills are meager, so the en español webpage differs from the rest of the Bicycling Monterey website. It is primarily a link compilation directing you to Spanish-language biking resources created by others. Nonetheless, much research time went into creating this webpage.
- Please refer to the copyright note below. It is also recommended that the links be confirmed to be sure they lead to the most current editions available. And, as usual, check that the content is accurate, up-to-date, and culturally sensitive.
- Please contact me if you know of excellent resources that can be added to the links provided on this page.
- All Spanish-language resources linked in the CA Bike Laws and Personal Bike Skills/Safety section of the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide are already included on this “en español” web page.
- Spanish translation needs include this entire en español webpage. Please contact me if you can help.
- As was indicated at the start of this webpage, Spanish is spoken widely in Monterey County. As Kera Abraham reported in the Monterey County Weekly on June 9, 2011, “The county’s substantial Latino demographic speaks for itself.” Latino/Hispanic populations in Monterey County cities are as high as 94%. Read the figures for 14 Monterey County cities.
- While some local Spanish speakers are fluently Spanish-English bilingual, many others are not able to make use of bicycling resources in English. And as a May 12, 2011 Monterey County Herald story reported, “about 55 percent of students speak Spanish as the primary language at home.”
- Learn more by referring to “When labels don’t fit: Hispanics and their views of identity,” by Paul Taylor, Mark Hugo Lopez, Jessica Hamar Martínez and Gabriel Velasco, released by the Pew Research Center on April 4, 2012.
- As the Monterey County Herald’s 4/5/11 editorial, “Stories prompt opinions on exclusion,” stated: “Sure, bilingual publications, signs, ballots, etc., could lead to a divided nation, but the way to deal with that is not to withhold important information from a significant part of the population. Warning signs, important announcements and key public documents should not be English-only for reasons of safety, order and fairness.” Thanks again to OCTA.net for their Spanish-language summary of California DMV’s bike laws! SPANISH Summary of bicycle section of CA Vehicle Code – Leyes de ciclismo de California
Por favor, hágamelo saber si usted tiene alguna pregunta. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Contact me (831/375-6278). Muchas gracias!
Our friend Wendolyn and my daughter, Sierra, will tell you: there’s not a more pleasurable way to learn another language than in the company of a friend!
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Sección 7: Copyright reminder
Tenga en cuenta – Please note
This “en español” webpage has been compiled and shared for non-commercial use. Much research and other time went into its creation. It is provided online, free of charge, for personal use only.
All material on this site is protected by United States copyright and trademark laws.
Written permission is necessary in order to re-use material, in whole or in part.
To re-use any Bicycling Monterey material, first refer to the copyright page (click here). If you have any questions, please contact me (click here). Requests that will help more people bicycle will be happily considered!
In addition, after following this web page’s links to other websites, before re-using any of their materials, be sure to contact those copyright holders.
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This webpage was previously published 25 June 2010, with subsequent updates.